2003-2004

Playoff Run Vaults Pistons To No. 1

By winning their first championship in 14 years, the Detroit Pistons moved from No. 3 to No. 1 in the final Dunkel Index ratings for the 2003-04 season.  The Pistons entered the post-season the highest-rated team in Eastern Conference according to Dunkel and did not disappoint in the playoffs, going 16-7 and finishing off the Lakers in five games in the finals.  Detroit improved its Dunkel rating from 119.3 at the end of the regular season to 123.6 at the conclusion of the finals.  The jump of 4.3 ratings points was second only to Sacramento’s increase (4.6 points).  The biggest drop was registered by San Antonio.  The Spurs finished the regular season No. 1 in the Index with a rating of 123.5, but dropped to 118.1 after losing to L.A. in the second round.  Here are the complete ratings including the playoffs.  As a reminder, the ratings reflect how teams were playing at the end of their seasons and thus are not entirely cumulative.

TEAMS RATING SEASON
RECORD
PLAYOFF
RECORD
DIVISION
1 Detroit 123.6 54-28 16-7 Central
2 San Antonio 118.1 57-25 6-4 Midwest
3 Indiana 117.9 61-21 10-6 Central
4 L.A. Lakers 117.8 56-26 13-9 Pacific
5 Minnesota 117.8 58-24 10-8 Midwest
6 Sacramento 116.9 55-27 7-5 Pacific
7 Dallas 115.9 52-30 1-4 Midwest
8 Miami 115.8 42-40 6-7 Atlantic
9 New Jersey 115.3 47-35 7-4 Atlantic
10 Seattle 114.6 37-45 Pacific
11 Denver 114.0 43-39 1-4 Midwest
12 Portland 113.2 41-41 Pacific
13 Houston 112.3 45-37 1-4 Midwest
14 New Orleans 112.3 41-41 3-4 Central
15 Golden State 112.1 37-45 Pacific
16 Memphis 111.9 50-32 0-4 Midwest
17 Utah 111.1 42-40 Midwest
18 Atlanta 110.2 28-54 Central
19 Milwaukee 109.8 41-41 1-4 Central
20 Cleveland 109.7 35-47 Central
21 Phoenix 109.2 29-53 Pacific
22 Toronto 108.2 33-49 Central
23 Boston 106.7 36-46 0-4 Atlantic
24 New York 106.3 39-43 0-4 Atlantic
25 Philadelphia 105.9 33-49 Atlantic
26 L.A. Clippers 104.2 28-54 Pacific
27 Washington 104.1 25-57 Atlantic
28 Chicago 104.0 23-59 Central
29 Orlando