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The Winners (And Losers)

Posted by Neil Paine on February 25, 2010

Many NBA fans like to measure players by team accomplishments like wins and championships, perhaps because that is every team's ultimate goal before each season, and to a certain extent all players on teams that didn't win the championship have failed. With this in mind, I decided to compile a list of the greatest winners in NBA history (since 1952, at least) by taking the minute-weighted average of winning % and SRS for the teams they were on. Since we don't have game logs for players prior to 1986-87, this will serve as a reasonable proxy for what Dean Oliver calls "game by game winning percentages", or the team's W-L% when a player played for them. We'll break things up into 2 divisions -- small samples (those with at least 2,000 career MP but fewer than 10,000) and large samples (those with at least 10,000 career MP) -- and look at the best and worst players by career WPct and SRS. First, the top winning percentages:

Small-Sample
Player MP WPct Playoffs Finalists Champions
Glen Davis 2978 0.758 2 1 1
Larry Spriggs 2202 0.729 4 2 1
Jordan Farmar 5003 0.690 3 2 1
Daniel Gibson 5537 0.684 3 1 0
Vincent Askew 9361 0.680 6 1 0
Jim Loscutoff 9431 0.673 7 6 6
Anderson Varejao 8752 0.673 4 1 0
Lou Tsioropoulos 2977 0.672 1 1 0
Andrew Bynum 6208 0.671 3 1 1
Fabricio Oberto 4530 0.670 4 1 1
Jimmy Jones 2590 0.666 2 1 0
Delaney Rudd 2357 0.664 3 0 0
Shannon Brown 2064 0.661 2 2 1
Johnny High 4538 0.655 3 0 0
J.J. Redick 3250 0.650 3 1 0
Leon Powe 2756 0.649 2 1 1
Rajon Rondo 8663 0.649 2 1 1
David Benoit 9314 0.642 6 0 0
Joel Kramer 4184 0.639 4 0 0
Sasha Vujacic 5770 0.635 4 2 1
Noble Jorgensen 2673 0.634 2 0 0
Scot Pollard 8372 0.634 9 1 0
Stanislav Medvedenko 3340 0.633 3 2 1
Rudy Fernandez 2838 0.633 1 0 0
Negele Knight 4513 0.632 3 1 0
Tom Thacker 2187 0.631 4 1 1
Terry Driscoll 3281 0.629 3 1 0
Stacey King 7406 0.628 5 3 3
Jim Holstein 3124 0.628 3 2 2
George Mikan 8350 0.627 4 3 3
George Hill 2661 0.626 1 0 0
Jim Ard 2666 0.626 2 1 1
Rick Robey 8824 0.626 5 1 1
Todd MacCulloch 3439 0.625 3 2 0
Arnie Johnson 4142 0.625 2 0 0
Jim Pollard 9391 0.625 4 3 3
Ronnie Brewer 7030 0.624 3 0 0
Jose Barea 3388 0.624 3 0 0
Luis Scola 6118 0.623 2 0 0
Paul Millsap 6903 0.623 3 0 0
Vince Boryla 5162 0.623 1 1 0
Freddie Crawford 5047 0.623 5 2 0
Jaren Jackson 7210 0.619 7 1 1
Bill Gabor 3680 0.619 3 1 0
Randy Livingston 2684 0.617 4 0 0
Ernie Vandeweghe 3600 0.617 2 2 0
Arron Afflalo 3637 0.616 2 0 0
Maurice Evans 8490 0.615 5 0 0
Luke Walton 7908 0.612 5 3 1
C.J. Miles 3550 0.609 3 0 0

Immortals, all. But more importantly, winners.

Large-Sample
Player MP WPct Playoffs Finalists Champions
K.C. Jones 17501 0.735 9 8 8
Larry Bird 34443 0.725 12 5 3
Magic Johnson 33245 0.724 13 9 5
Tom Heinsohn 19254 0.723 9 9 8
Michael Cooper 23635 0.723 11 8 5
Sam Jones 24285 0.717 12 11 10
Bill Russell 40726 0.710 13 12 11
Tony Parker 21757 0.703 8 3 3
Manu Ginobili 14503 0.700 6 3 3
Frank Ramsey 15330 0.699 9 8 7
Tim Duncan 34716 0.698 11 4 4
Kevin McHale 30118 0.694 13 5 3
Scottie Pippen 41069 0.692 16 6 6
Andrew Toney 12608 0.691 6 2 1
Tom Sanders 22164 0.687 11 8 8
Josh Howard 13679 0.686 6 1 0
Dennis Rodman 28839 0.685 11 6 5
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 57446 0.682 18 10 6
James Worthy 30001 0.682 9 6 3
Steve Kerr 16207 0.679 11 5 5
David Robinson 34271 0.678 12 2 2
Bruce Bowen 24055 0.676 10 3 3
Wali Jones 14420 0.675 9 1 1
Robert Horry 27066 0.675 16 7 7
Julius Erving 28677 0.673 11 4 1
Bobby Jones 20177 0.669 10 3 1
Bryon Russell 19805 0.667 11 3 0
Dennis Johnson 35954 0.665 13 6 3
Danny Ainge 27755 0.664 12 6 2
Dan Majerle 30206 0.663 13 1 0
Byron Scott 30153 0.657 13 6 3
Dirk Nowitzki 32691 0.656 9 1 0
Shaquille O'Neal 41065 0.655 15 6 4
Kobe Bryant 36499 0.655 12 6 4
Devean George 11170 0.652 8 4 3
Adam Keefe 10334 0.652 7 2 0
Jamaal Wilkes 27275 0.651 10 5 3
Bob Cousy 30165 0.649 12 7 6
Michael Jordan 41010 0.649 13 6 6
Derek Fisher 26203 0.648 11 6 4
Horace Grant 38621 0.647 13 5 4
Steve Nash 30868 0.647 10 0 0
Karl Malone 54852 0.643 19 3 0
Luke Jackson 13783 0.643 6 1 1
Sidney Moncrief 23150 0.642 11 0 0
Tayshaun Prince 18501 0.642 7 2 1
John Havlicek 46471 0.642 13 8 8
Don Chaney 17406 0.640 6 2 2
John Stockton 47764 0.639 19 2 0
Wilt Chamberlain 47859 0.638 13 6 2

And what about the worst losers in NBA history?

Small-Sample
Player MP WPct Playoffs Finalists Champions
Eric Washington 2300 0.182 0 0 0
Mike Iuzzolino 3049 0.190 0 0 0
Dave Sorenson 3857 0.207 0 0 0
Roy Rogers 2309 0.215 0 0 0
Chris King 2058 0.219 1 0 0
Junior Harrington 3096 0.220 0 0 0
Corey Benjamin 2191 0.221 0 0 0
Paul Hoffman 4460 0.225 1 0 0
Eddie Miller 3675 0.226 1 0 0
Manny Leaks 3375 0.226 1 0 0
Doug Smith 5833 0.228 0 0 0
Donald Hodge 3501 0.239 0 0 0
Pearl Washington 4044 0.243 0 0 0
Chris Smith 3956 0.243 0 0 0
Dallas Comegys 2241 0.244 0 0 0
Tellis Frank 4703 0.248 0 0 0
Derrick Alston 2657 0.250 0 0 0
Corey Brewer 3801 0.256 0 0 0
Chris Anstey 2157 0.256 0 0 0
Dick Mehen 2294 0.258 0 0 0
Keith Herron 2620 0.258 0 0 0
Don Henriksen 3927 0.258 2 0 0
Dave Hoppen 2401 0.260 1 0 0
Jason Thompson 3980 0.260 0 0 0
Vonteego Cummings 3789 0.261 1 0 0
Tyrone Nesby 6658 0.261 0 0 0
Fred Hilton 2080 0.264 0 0 0
Ollie Mack 2513 0.267 0 0 0
Juan Carlos Navarro 2117 0.268 0 0 0
Frank Kudelka 2150 0.269 0 0 0
John Warren 4931 0.272 1 1 1
Marcus Fizer 6032 0.272 0 0 0
Brook Lopez 4477 0.272 0 0 0
Charlie Davis 2653 0.273 0 0 0
Kevin Love 3083 0.274 0 0 0
Lancaster Gordon 2581 0.276 0 0 0
Clark Kellogg 8514 0.281 0 0 0
John Duren 2947 0.281 0 0 0
Tod Murphy 4071 0.282 0 0 0
Al Thornton 6217 0.284 0 0 0
Sharone Wright 4531 0.287 0 0 0
Eric Gordon 4161 0.288 0 0 0
Michael Ansley 2143 0.288 0 0 0
Jim Thomas 3361 0.289 0 0 0
Gerald Glass 3347 0.290 0 0 0
Jim Palmer 3794 0.291 0 0 0
Donnell Harvey 3318 0.291 0 0 0
Shawn Respert 2350 0.291 0 0 0
Billy Thompson 6697 0.292 1 1 1
Randy White 5382 0.292 1 0 0
Large-Sample
Player MP WPct Playoffs Finalists Champions
Bryant Reeves 12071 0.216 0 0 0
Geoff Huston 12252 0.279 0 0 0
Lee Mayberry 10337 0.280 0 0 0
Doug West 16649 0.288 1 0 0
Terry Davis 10369 0.294 0 0 0
Ryan Gomes 10075 0.294 0 0 0
Jerome Whitehead 11828 0.308 1 0 0
Al Jefferson 10946 0.312 1 0 0
Pooh Richardson 19399 0.319 2 0 0
Bob Kauffman 13568 0.319 2 0 0
Shareef Abdur-Rahim 28882 0.322 1 0 0
Rudy Gay 10047 0.323 0 0 0
Lamond Murray 18477 0.324 2 0 0
Tony Massenburg 12285 0.331 3 1 1
Quintin Dailey 12170 0.333 1 0 0
Pervis Ellison 11593 0.338 1 0 0
Eric Piatkowski 14613 0.338 6 0 0
McCoy McLemore 12221 0.340 3 1 1
Sean Rooks 13559 0.340 4 0 0
Rick Adelman 10427 0.340 3 0 0
Greg Anderson 14040 0.342 5 0 0
Slick Leonard 11632 0.343 4 1 0
Jamal Crawford 21000 0.349 0 0 0
Geoff Petrie 16787 0.349 0 0 0
Lionel Simmons 13472 0.351 1 0 0
Todd Day 12214 0.351 1 0 0
Lester Conner 14970 0.351 4 0 0
Popeye Jones 12579 0.351 0 0 0
Phil Hubbard 15863 0.354 3 0 0
Eric Murdock 11882 0.355 2 0 0
Ben Poquette 15763 0.355 1 0 0
Eddy Curry 13002 0.357 0 0 0
Michael Smith 10552 0.357 1 0 0
Kevin Edwards 15332 0.357 2 0 0
Marko Jaric 11246 0.357 0 0 0
Benoit Benjamin 21911 0.358 3 0 0
Clarence Weatherspoon 27735 0.358 4 0 0
Jan Van Breda Kolff 10155 0.360 2 0 0
Darius Miles 11731 0.361 0 0 0
Ricky Davis 21928 0.363 2 0 0
Johnny Green 24624 0.364 3 0 0
Chris Wilcox 10156 0.365 0 0 0
Adonal Foyle 13060 0.368 3 1 0
James Bailey 11625 0.368 2 0 0
Walt Wesley 10306 0.371 3 0 0
Dick Garmaker 12155 0.372 3 1 0
Bob Rule 11862 0.372 0 0 0
MicheAl Williams 10403 0.372 4 1 1
Roy Hinson 15543 0.374 2 0 0
Michael Olowokandi 13130 0.374 1 0 0

Let's do the same thing as above, but this time using team SRS... First, the top winners:

Small-Sample
Player MP SRS Playoffs Finalists Champions
Glen Davis 2978 7.619 2 1 1
Vincent Askew 9361 5.866 6 1 0
Larry Spriggs 2202 5.730 4 2 1
Jordan Farmar 5003 5.616 3 2 1
Fabricio Oberto 4530 5.263 4 1 1
Lou Tsioropoulos 2977 5.106 1 1 0
Jim Loscutoff 9431 5.099 7 6 6
Leon Powe 2756 5.078 2 1 1
Rajon Rondo 8663 4.916 2 1 1
Andrew Bynum 6208 4.817 3 1 1
David Benoit 9314 4.731 6 0 0
J.J. Redick 3250 4.702 3 1 0
Jimmy Jones 2590 4.563 2 1 0
Scot Pollard 8372 4.537 9 1 0
Ronnie Brewer 7030 4.460 3 0 0
Daniel Gibson 5537 4.439 3 1 0
Rudy Fernandez 2838 4.371 1 0 0
Anderson Varejao 8752 4.363 4 1 0
Delaney Rudd 2357 4.336 3 0 0
Shannon Brown 2064 4.246 2 2 1
Paul Millsap 6903 4.232 3 0 0
Sasha Vujacic 5770 4.212 4 2 1
George Mikan 8350 4.062 4 3 3
Mickey Davis 3711 4.053 2 1 0
George Hill 2661 3.998 1 0 0
Johnny High 4538 3.910 3 0 0
Bill Gabor 3680 3.894 3 1 0
Joel Kramer 4184 3.873 4 0 0
Wally Osterkorn 5187 3.862 4 2 1
Noble Jorgensen 2673 3.776 2 0 0
Jim Pollard 9391 3.761 4 3 3
Negele Knight 4513 3.751 3 1 0
Terry Driscoll 3281 3.668 3 1 0
Kendrick Perkins 9141 3.634 3 1 1
Arron Afflalo 3637 3.610 2 0 0
Stanislav Medvedenko 3340 3.576 3 2 1
C.J. Miles 3550 3.570 3 0 0
Bayard Forrest 2130 3.526 2 0 0
Luke Walton 7908 3.486 5 3 1
Stacey King 7406 3.465 5 3 3
Jaren Jackson 7210 3.452 7 1 1
Randy Livingston 2684 3.449 4 0 0
Chuck Hayes 5825 3.448 3 0 0
Charles Johnson 9972 3.447 6 3 2
Luis Scola 6118 3.424 2 0 0
Derrek Dickey 5345 3.308 2 1 1
Rick Robey 8824 3.243 5 1 1
Henry James 2703 3.198 2 0 0
Dave Twardzik 6921 3.111 4 1 1
Maurice Evans 8490 3.090 5 0 0
Large-Sample
Player MP SRS Playoffs Finalists Champions
K.C. Jones 17501 6.572 9 8 8
Manu Ginobili 14503 6.417 6 3 3
Tom Heinsohn 19254 6.362 9 9 8
Tony Parker 21757 6.263 8 3 3
Sam Jones 24285 6.214 12 11 10
Tim Duncan 34716 6.119 11 4 4
Bill Russell 40726 6.092 13 12 11
Larry Bird 34443 6.075 12 5 3
Scottie Pippen 41069 5.736 16 6 6
Magic Johnson 33245 5.729 13 9 5
Frank Ramsey 15330 5.561 9 8 7
Tom Sanders 22164 5.528 11 8 8
Michael Cooper 23635 5.487 11 8 5
Steve Kerr 16207 5.403 11 5 5
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 57446 5.342 18 10 6
Wali Jones 14420 5.215 9 1 1
Kevin McHale 30118 5.214 13 5 3
Bruce Bowen 24055 5.201 10 3 3
Dennis Rodman 28839 5.102 11 6 5
Sidney Moncrief 23150 5.040 11 0 0
Josh Howard 13679 5.018 6 1 0
David Robinson 34271 4.865 12 2 2
Robert Horry 27066 4.791 16 7 7
Danny Ainge 27755 4.725 12 6 2
Michael Jordan 41010 4.716 13 6 6
Dan Majerle 30206 4.715 13 1 0
Andrew Toney 12608 4.653 6 2 1
James Worthy 30001 4.549 9 6 3
Bryon Russell 19805 4.530 11 3 0
Dennis Johnson 35954 4.458 13 6 3
Steve Nash 30868 4.456 10 0 0
Dirk Nowitzki 32691 4.329 9 1 0
Kobe Bryant 36499 4.306 12 6 4
Kevin Johnson 25061 4.288 11 1 0
Paul Pressey 19659 4.285 9 0 0
Devean George 11170 4.236 8 4 3
Derek Fisher 26203 4.204 11 6 4
Shaquille O'Neal 41065 4.169 15 6 4
Julius Erving 28677 4.151 11 4 1
Leandro Barbosa 11490 4.147 4 0 0
Bobby Jones 20177 4.106 10 3 1
Wilt Chamberlain 47859 4.089 13 6 2
Karl Malone 54852 4.067 19 3 0
Bob Dandridge 29502 4.047 8 4 2
Adam Keefe 10334 4.042 7 2 0
Bob Cousy 30165 4.021 12 7 6
John Stockton 47764 4.018 19 2 0
Jerome Kersey 28115 4.006 15 3 1
Jamaal Wilkes 27275 3.993 10 5 3
Peja Stojakovic 26008 3.913 10 0 0

And the losers:

Small-Sample
Player MP SRS Playoffs Finalists Champions
Mike Iuzzolino 3049 -11.648 0 0 0
Dave Sorenson 3857 -10.392 0 0 0
Eric Washington 2300 -10.059 0 0 0
Fred Hilton 2080 -9.234 0 0 0
Donald Hodge 3501 -9.154 0 0 0
Doug Smith 5833 -8.777 0 0 0
Corey Benjamin 2191 -8.708 0 0 0
Roy Rogers 2309 -8.690 0 0 0
Chris King 2058 -8.480 1 0 0
Manny Leaks 3375 -8.330 1 0 0
John Warren 4931 -8.283 1 1 1
Lancaster Gordon 2581 -8.139 0 0 0
Tellis Frank 4703 -8.009 0 0 0
Walter Bond 2427 -7.983 1 0 0
Derrick Alston 2657 -7.688 0 0 0
Chris Smith 3956 -7.344 0 0 0
Dave Hoppen 2401 -7.322 1 0 0
Corey Brewer 3801 -7.292 0 0 0
Randy White 5382 -7.264 1 0 0
Dallas Comegys 2241 -7.217 0 0 0
Billy Thompson 6697 -7.179 1 1 1
Tyrone Nesby 6658 -7.169 0 0 0
Marcus Fizer 6032 -7.163 0 0 0
Eric Gordon 4161 -7.123 0 0 0
Pearl Washington 4044 -7.060 0 0 0
Dick Mehen 2294 -7.036 0 0 0
Dajuan Wagner 2202 -7.001 0 0 0
Al Thornton 6217 -6.954 0 0 0
Frank Kudelka 2150 -6.897 0 0 0
Chris Anstey 2157 -6.849 0 0 0
Bobby Lewis 4303 -6.811 2 0 0
Junior Harrington 3096 -6.692 0 0 0
Vonteego Cummings 3789 -6.637 1 0 0
Michael Ansley 2143 -6.569 0 0 0
Jason Thompson 3980 -6.558 0 0 0
John Hummer 7420 -6.509 2 0 0
Charlie Davis 2653 -6.490 0 0 0
Marcus Liberty 4568 -6.366 0 0 0
Stan McKenzie 7479 -6.306 1 0 0
Yi Jianlian 4027 -6.235 0 0 0
Viktor Khryapa 2351 -6.123 0 0 0
Kevin Love 3083 -6.122 0 0 0
Brook Lopez 4477 -6.097 0 0 0
Gary Gregor 7397 -6.074 1 0 0
Anthony Goldwire 4951 -6.045 0 0 0
Ollie Mack 2513 -5.993 0 0 0
Freddie Boyd 7723 -5.920 0 0 0
Paul Hoffman 4460 -5.904 1 0 0
Eddie Miller 3675 -5.884 1 0 0
Ralph Davis 3202 -5.843 0 0 0
Large-Sample
Player MP SRS Playoffs Finalists Champions
Bryant Reeves 12071 -7.868 0 0 0
Terry Davis 10369 -6.959 0 0 0
Bob Kauffman 13568 -6.627 2 0 0
Lee Mayberry 10337 -6.257 0 0 0
Geoff Huston 12252 -5.947 0 0 0
Doug West 16649 -5.836 1 0 0
Jerome Whitehead 11828 -5.656 1 0 0
Greg Anderson 14040 -5.536 5 0 0
Quintin Dailey 12170 -5.122 1 0 0
Sean Rooks 13559 -5.106 4 0 0
Ryan Gomes 10075 -5.004 0 0 0
Lamond Murray 18477 -4.979 2 0 0
Walt Wesley 10306 -4.946 3 0 0
Shareef Abdur-Rahim 28882 -4.932 1 0 0
Rick Adelman 10427 -4.826 3 0 0
Al Jefferson 10946 -4.793 1 0 0
Eddy Curry 13002 -4.777 0 0 0
Kevin Edwards 15332 -4.684 2 0 0
Benoit Benjamin 21911 -4.652 3 0 0
Lionel Simmons 13472 -4.577 1 0 0
Jamal Crawford 21000 -4.539 0 0 0
Pervis Ellison 11593 -4.525 1 0 0
McCoy McLemore 12221 -4.455 3 1 1
Tony Massenburg 12285 -4.430 3 1 1
Lester Conner 14970 -4.423 4 0 0
Winston Garland 13391 -4.368 2 0 0
Michael Smith 10552 -4.364 1 0 0
Eric Piatkowski 14613 -4.360 6 0 0
Clarence Weatherspoon 27735 -4.351 4 0 0
Rudy Gay 10047 -4.342 0 0 0
Geoff Petrie 16787 -4.152 0 0 0
Ben Poquette 15763 -4.141 1 0 0
Ricky Davis 21928 -4.063 2 0 0
Pooh Richardson 19399 -4.026 2 0 0
Eric Murdock 11882 -4.018 2 0 0
Jan Van Breda Kolff 10155 -4.015 2 0 0
Slick Leonard 11632 -3.989 4 1 0
Darius Miles 11731 -3.964 0 0 0
Bob Rule 11862 -3.934 0 0 0
Todd Day 12214 -3.830 1 0 0
Elmore Smith 17879 -3.813 4 0 0
Popeye Jones 12579 -3.722 0 0 0
Zach Randolph 17180 -3.688 2 0 0
Reggie Williams 16013 -3.641 3 0 0
Phil Hubbard 15863 -3.633 3 0 0
Emeka Okafor 12823 -3.621 0 0 0
Johnny Green 24624 -3.614 3 0 0
Sherman Douglas 21148 -3.588 4 0 0
Chris Wilcox 10156 -3.550 0 0 0
Fred Carter 18328 -3.533 3 1 0

Just for fun, which players played the toughest schedules according to SRS?

Small-Sample
Player MP SRS SOS Playoffs Finalists Champions
Dick Mehen 2294 -7.036 0.933 0 0 0
Frank Kudelka 2150 -6.897 0.918 0 0 0
Jim Palmer 3794 -5.393 0.893 0 0 0
Al Butler 5055 -4.975 0.891 0 0 0
Dave Budd 6389 -4.999 0.856 0 0 0
Junior Harrington 3096 -6.692 0.825 0 0 0
Donnie Butcher 5085 -5.413 0.822 0 0 0
Art Heyman 3019 -5.031 0.750 0 0 0
Stan Miasek 3758 -4.864 0.748 0 0 0
Ralph Davis 3202 -5.843 0.743 0 0 0
Stuart Gray 3457 -2.613 0.730 2 0 0
Bill McGill 2507 -4.852 0.720 1 1 0
Dave Minor 3168 -4.508 0.712 0 0 0
Keith Herron 2620 -5.573 0.710 0 0 0
Paul Hoffman 4460 -5.904 0.707 1 0 0
Eddie Miller 3675 -5.884 0.688 1 0 0
Lowes Moore 2118 -5.073 0.671 0 0 0
Jim Thomas 3361 -5.038 0.670 0 0 0
Charlie Tyra 7791 -2.589 0.668 1 0 0
Don Boven 3355 -4.089 0.667 1 0 0
Keith Lee 2907 -3.497 0.662 0 0 0
Pearl Washington 4044 -7.060 0.662 0 0 0
Donnell Harvey 3318 -5.510 0.647 0 0 0
Reggie Slater 3513 -3.893 0.646 1 0 0
Raul Lopez 2135 -1.312 0.646 0 0 0
Ron Reed 2245 -5.462 0.644 0 0 0
Vonteego Cummings 3789 -6.637 0.635 1 0 0
Bill Calhoun 8221 -3.923 0.627 0 0 0
Phil Rollins 2742 -5.407 0.627 0 0 0
Ken Bannister 3867 -4.258 0.614 0 0 0
Rodney White 3354 -2.626 0.609 2 0 0
Clark Kellogg 8514 -4.821 0.604 0 0 0
Sidney Lowe 3422 -3.965 0.602 0 0 0
Don Sunderlage 2636 -3.706 0.596 0 0 0
Bob Elliott 2324 -3.716 0.575 0 0 0
Terence Stansbury 2984 -3.514 0.572 0 0 0
Casey Jacobsen 5320 -1.462 0.559 1 0 0
Ben Coleman 3612 -2.632 0.557 1 0 0
Nelson Bobb 2478 -4.538 0.550 1 0 0
Kevin McKenna 3460 -2.888 0.548 1 0 0
Joe Strawder 6365 -4.306 0.543 1 0 0
Mark Davis 3681 -4.901 0.540 0 0 0
Don Lofgran 3422 -4.525 0.539 1 0 0
Reggie Harding 5529 -4.338 0.534 0 0 0
Dan Dickau 4617 -5.338 0.530 0 0 0
Nick Jones 2264 -2.356 0.520 2 0 0
George Senesky 5032 -4.299 0.516 1 0 0
Joe Fulks 4490 -4.265 0.515 1 0 0
Dave Hoppen 2401 -7.322 0.514 1 0 0
Shawn Respert 2350 -5.223 0.508 0 0 0
Large-Sample
Player MP SRS SOS Playoffs Finalists Champions
Steve Stipanovich 12591 -2.403 0.612 1 0 0
Phil Hubbard 15863 -3.633 0.591 3 0 0
Roy Hinson 15543 -3.349 0.586 2 0 0
Johnny Green 24624 -3.614 0.551 3 0 0
Stromile Swift 10803 -2.365 0.533 2 0 0
John Bagley 17120 -2.917 0.517 3 0 0
Cliff Robinson 19284 -2.734 0.496 4 0 0
Eddie Miles 15681 -3.357 0.475 3 1 0
Marko Jaric 11246 -3.339 0.469 0 0 0
Geoff Huston 12252 -5.947 0.444 0 0 0
Michael Olowokandi 13130 -3.259 0.444 1 0 0
Louis Orr 13353 -1.340 0.441 4 0 0
Chris Wilcox 10156 -3.550 0.438 0 0 0
Wayman Tisdale 23868 -2.763 0.438 4 0 0
Zach Randolph 17180 -3.688 0.429 2 0 0
Richie Guerin 27447 -1.505 0.421 7 0 0
Tony Massenburg 12285 -4.430 0.420 3 1 1
Chris Kaman 12954 -2.547 0.418 1 0 0
Herb Williams 28484 -2.265 0.417 8 2 0
Corey Maggette 20238 -2.284 0.416 1 0 0
Rudy Gay 10047 -4.342 0.411 0 0 0
Adonal Foyle 13060 -3.155 0.409 3 1 0
Terry Dischinger 17841 -2.928 0.403 1 0 0
Quintin Dailey 12170 -5.122 0.398 1 0 0
Jeff Ruland 11088 -0.531 0.381 4 0 0
Darius Miles 11731 -3.964 0.378 0 0 0
Sean Rooks 13559 -5.106 0.376 4 0 0
Nick Collison 10256 -3.084 0.374 1 0 0
Jarrett Jack 10702 -2.649 0.372 0 0 0
Derek Anderson 17975 0.355 0.366 5 1 1
Rory Sparrow 22550 -3.424 0.360 5 0 0
Terry Davis 10369 -6.959 0.359 0 0 0
Kenny Sears 14923 -0.493 0.359 2 1 0
Dudley Bradley 10192 -0.380 0.359 5 0 0
Ray Scott 21339 -2.678 0.356 4 0 0
Cuttino Mobley 27619 -0.179 0.348 4 0 0
Don Kojis 19241 -2.702 0.347 3 0 0
Damon Stoudamire 29106 -0.418 0.347 7 0 0
Orlando Woolridge 24041 -2.371 0.346 5 1 0
Vern Fleming 24721 -1.077 0.344 7 0 0
Lionel Simmons 13472 -4.577 0.342 1 0 0
Ruben Patterson 15955 -0.978 0.340 5 0 0
Howard Komives 20213 -2.643 0.339 2 0 0
John Long 22680 -0.965 0.338 5 1 1
Shane Battier 22458 1.543 0.335 6 0 0
Slick Leonard 11632 -3.989 0.328 4 1 0
Micheal Ray Richardson 18589 -0.361 0.326 4 0 0
Earl Watson 14971 -2.257 0.322 2 0 0
Terry Catledge 13541 -3.393 0.322 3 0 0
Popeye Jones 12579 -3.722 0.321 0 0 0

...And the easiest slates?

Small-Sample
Player MP SRS SOS Playoffs Finalists Champions
Shaler Halimon 2523 -3.646 -1.118 2 0 0
Larry Spriggs 2202 5.730 -0.773 4 2 1
Mike Davis 4298 -4.577 -0.666 0 0 0
Ed Manning 4013 -1.916 -0.658 2 0 0
Bill Gabor 3680 3.894 -0.617 3 1 0
Noble Jorgensen 2673 3.776 -0.605 2 0 0
Nate Bowman 2171 2.757 -0.605 3 1 1
Jim Loscutoff 9431 5.099 -0.587 7 6 6
Wally Osterkorn 5187 3.862 -0.583 4 2 1
Don May 6619 -4.627 -0.547 3 1 1
Lou Tsioropoulos 2977 5.106 -0.524 1 1 0
George Mikan 8350 4.062 -0.524 4 3 3
John Warren 4931 -8.283 -0.521 1 1 1
Jonathan Bender 3785 0.756 -0.507 5 1 0
Todd MacCulloch 3439 2.806 -0.503 3 2 0
Jim Pollard 9391 3.761 -0.493 4 3 3
Johnny High 4538 3.910 -0.493 3 0 0
Audie Norris 2585 2.836 -0.479 3 0 0
Danilo Gallinari 2086 -3.323 -0.461 0 0 0
Carlos Delfino 5861 2.536 -0.459 3 0 0
Derrick Chievous 2240 0.384 -0.456 2 0 0
Calvin Garrett 3008 0.183 -0.453 2 1 0
Rajon Rondo 8663 4.916 -0.450 2 1 1
Tony Allen 5891 3.028 -0.445 3 1 1
Cedrick Hordges 2971 -0.450 -0.436 1 0 0
Ernie Vandeweghe 3600 2.392 -0.434 2 2 0
John Hummer 7420 -6.509 -0.432 2 0 0
Dick Garrett 8729 -5.464 -0.432 2 2 0
Brian Scalabrine 6475 1.356 -0.425 5 2 0
Dave Sorenson 3857 -10.392 -0.423 0 0 0
Bob Donham 4866 2.625 -0.415 3 0 0
Jimmy Jones 2590 4.563 -0.411 2 1 0
Glen Davis 2978 7.619 -0.409 2 1 1
Bob Harris 5768 2.496 -0.409 3 0 0
Matt Maloney 7470 -1.645 -0.402 2 0 0
Carey Scurry 2376 0.244 -0.396 2 0 0
Robert Traylor 6244 -0.447 -0.394 5 0 0
Kendrick Perkins 9141 3.634 -0.393 3 1 1
Jim Holstein 3124 3.050 -0.386 3 2 2
Jiri Welsch 4596 -1.082 -0.386 2 0 0
Vince Boryla 5162 2.009 -0.386 1 1 0
Leon Powe 2756 5.078 -0.385 2 1 1
Joel Kramer 4184 3.873 -0.385 4 0 0
Jim McIlvaine 5927 2.188 -0.383 2 0 0
Alfred McGuire 2966 1.952 -0.375 2 2 0
Monty Williams 7624 -0.117 -0.374 6 0 0
Anderson Varejao 8752 4.363 -0.352 4 1 0
Todd Fuller 2500 -2.668 -0.346 1 0 0
Jason Maxiell 5198 2.149 -0.342 3 0 0
J.J. Redick 3250 4.702 -0.339 3 1 0
Large-Sample
Player MP SRS SOS Playoffs Finalists Champions
K.C. Jones 17501 6.572 -0.804 9 8 8
Tom Heinsohn 19254 6.362 -0.751 9 9 8
Sam Jones 24285 6.214 -0.699 12 11 10
Bill Russell 40726 6.092 -0.677 13 12 11
Michael Cooper 23635 5.487 -0.648 11 8 5
Frank Ramsey 15330 5.561 -0.639 9 8 7
Tom Sanders 22164 5.528 -0.608 11 8 8
Magic Johnson 33245 5.729 -0.578 13 9 5
Bob Cousy 30165 4.021 -0.475 12 7 6
Tayshaun Prince 18501 3.652 -0.462 7 2 1
Slater Martin 21889 2.080 -0.453 9 6 4
James Worthy 30001 4.549 -0.451 9 6 3
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 57446 5.342 -0.434 18 10 6
Byron Scott 30153 3.853 -0.432 13 6 3
Richard Hamilton 25642 1.748 -0.419 7 2 1
Kiki Vandeweghe 24521 0.891 -0.411 12 0 0
Mark Eaton 25169 1.796 -0.402 10 0 0
Jamaal Tinsley 12594 0.520 -0.399 5 0 0
Mychal Thompson 27764 2.513 -0.394 11 4 2
Bill Sharman 21793 3.441 -0.393 10 5 4
Jamaal Wilkes 27275 3.993 -0.393 10 5 3
Pat Garrity 11062 0.191 -0.386 5 0 0
Cliff Hagan 21731 1.076 -0.386 9 4 1
Jason Collins 13477 0.400 -0.377 6 2 0
Wali Jones 14420 5.215 -0.377 9 1 1
Ben Wallace 29469 2.053 -0.376 8 2 1
Jameer Nelson 10058 1.787 -0.372 3 1 0
Austin Croshere 11480 2.166 -0.371 9 1 0
Johnny Moore 13430 0.731 -0.369 5 0 0
Jerome Kersey 28115 4.006 -0.365 15 3 1
Clyde Drexler 37537 3.301 -0.363 15 3 1
Mike Riordan 15890 3.391 -0.361 9 2 1
Jermaine O'Neal 23884 0.994 -0.361 11 0 0
Paul Pierce 32127 0.946 -0.360 6 1 1
Jim Paxson 21357 1.725 -0.359 9 0 0
Dwight Howard 16553 2.040 -0.358 3 1 0
Sam Perkins 36598 3.565 -0.357 15 3 0
LeBron James 21287 2.282 -0.346 4 1 0
Alvin Scott 10853 2.836 -0.343 8 0 0
John Havlicek 46471 3.687 -0.342 13 8 8
Jeff Foster 14668 0.257 -0.341 6 0 0
Bill Hanzlik 15534 0.903 -0.338 9 0 0
Eddie Jones 32778 1.952 -0.336 11 0 0
AaRon Williams 12001 -0.741 -0.335 4 2 0
Clyde Lovellette 19075 0.775 -0.333 10 5 3
George King 13408 1.952 -0.332 6 2 1
Mark Aguirre 27730 1.484 -0.331 9 2 2
Will Perdue 12360 2.235 -0.326 10 4 4
Eric Snow 23132 1.391 -0.323 9 3 0
Brendan Haywood 14231 -1.622 -0.322 4 0 0

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7 Responses to “The Winners (And Losers)”

  1. Aaron Barzilai Says:

    Interesting lists. One minor formatting note, you might want to bold active players in these (and your other) lists like you do here:
    http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/

  2. Luke Says:

    Cool idea, Neil. Though I'd still really like to see a list of every player who's ever won a championship somewhere on this site. I can't seem to find one anywhere (on any site). Or have a player's titles listed with their achievements at the bottom of their player page; that would also be really handy.

  3. P Middy Says:

    Would be nice to see this weighted for total championships somehow. Any all time winners list that doesn't have Russell at the very tippy top seems iffy.

  4. Neil Paine Says:

    Strangely enough, the Celtic dynasty's best seasons came when K.C. Jones was there:

    Jones Russell
    Year Tm W L WPct Year Tm W L WPct
    1957 BOS 44 28 0.611
    1958 BOS 49 23 0.681
    1959 BOS 52 20 0.722 1959 BOS 52 20 0.722
    1960 BOS 59 16 0.787 1960 BOS 59 16 0.787
    1961 BOS 57 22 0.722 1961 BOS 57 22 0.722
    1962 BOS 60 20 0.750 1962 BOS 60 20 0.750
    1963 BOS 58 22 0.725 1963 BOS 58 22 0.725
    1964 BOS 59 21 0.738 1964 BOS 59 21 0.738
    1965 BOS 62 18 0.775 1965 BOS 62 18 0.775
    1966 BOS 54 26 0.675 1966 BOS 54 26 0.675
    1967 BOS 60 21 0.741 1967 BOS 60 21 0.741
    1968 BOS 54 28 0.659
    1969 BOS 48 34 0.585

    And typically we don't think of the 80s Celtics as being quite as over-the-top dominant as the Russell-era ones, but (weighted by each player's seasonal MP) Boston was actually more successful from a W-L% perspective during Bird's tenure than Russell's:

    Bird Russell
    Year Tm W L WPct Year Tm W L WPct
    1980 BOS 61 21 0.744 1957 BOS 44 28 0.611
    1981 BOS 62 20 0.756 1958 BOS 49 23 0.681
    1982 BOS 63 19 0.768 1959 BOS 52 20 0.722
    1983 BOS 56 26 0.683 1960 BOS 59 16 0.787
    1984 BOS 62 20 0.756 1961 BOS 57 22 0.722
    1985 BOS 63 19 0.768 1962 BOS 60 20 0.750
    1986 BOS 67 15 0.817 1963 BOS 58 22 0.725
    1987 BOS 59 23 0.720 1964 BOS 59 21 0.738
    1988 BOS 57 25 0.695 1965 BOS 62 18 0.775
    1989 BOS 42 40 0.512 1966 BOS 54 26 0.675
    1990 BOS 52 30 0.634 1967 BOS 60 21 0.741
    1991 BOS 56 26 0.683 1968 BOS 54 28 0.659
    1992 BOS 51 31 0.622 1969 BOS 48 34 0.585
  5. Neil Paine Says:

    If we go by championships per season (weighted by MP each year), you get this list:

    Small-Sample
    Player MP Playoffs Finalists Champions Rings/Yr
    George Mikan 8350 4 3 3 0.908
    Jim Pollard 9391 4 3 3 0.791
    Jim Loscutoff 9431 7 6 6 0.769
    Pep Saul 4740 2 2 2 0.760
    Jim Holstein 3124 3 2 2 0.686
    Larry Spriggs 2202 4 2 1 0.587
    Gene Conley 5791 3 3 3 0.559
    Stacey King 7406 5 3 3 0.476
    Dick Hemric 2384 2 1 1 0.443
    Tom Thacker 2187 4 1 1 0.358
    Derrek Dickey 5345 2 1 1 0.348
    Nate Bowman 2171 3 1 1 0.343
    Carl Herrera 8042 5 2 2 0.326
    Jim Ard 2666 2 1 1 0.320
    Glen Davis 2978 2 1 1 0.316
    Whitey Skoog 9193 4 2 2 0.313
    Fabricio Oberto 4530 4 1 1 0.301
    Charles Johnson 9972 6 3 2 0.299
    Leon Powe 2756 2 1 1 0.294
    Dick Farley 3822 3 1 1 0.291
    Franklin Edwards 4436 2 2 1 0.285
    Lew Hitch 6590 4 2 2 0.285
    Win Wilfong 4810 2 1 1 0.283
    Dave Twardzik 6921 4 1 1 0.280
    Rajon Rondo 8663 2 1 1 0.266
    Walt Davis 5344 3 2 2 0.259
    George Dempsey 5720 4 1 1 0.252
    Mitch Kupchak 9905 6 4 2 0.250
    Beno Udrih 8491 3 2 2 0.247
    Trevor Ariza 8136 3 2 1 0.246
    Kevin Stacom 4539 3 1 1 0.245
    Jud Buechler 8444 7 3 3 0.243
    Mark Madsen 5335 4 2 2 0.242
    Jordan Farmar 5003 3 2 1 0.238
    Steve Kuberski 7897 4 2 2 0.236
    Tony Allen 5891 3 1 1 0.233
    Andrew Bynum 6208 3 1 1 0.233
    Josh Powell 3097 3 2 1 0.227
    Sasha Vujacic 5770 4 2 1 0.224
    Stanislav Medvedenko 3340 3 2 1 0.218
    Samaki Walker 7612 5 1 1 0.217
    Larry Wright 6834 4 2 1 0.215
    Kendrick Perkins 9141 3 1 1 0.209
    Mark Landsberger 7306 5 3 2 0.206
    Billy Kenville 6778 5 2 1 0.204
    Francisco Elson 6577 4 1 1 0.203
    Med Park 5632 3 2 1 0.196
    Marc Iavaroni 8371 7 1 1 0.193
    Dick Cunningham 3792 3 1 1 0.178
    Rick Robey 8824 5 1 1 0.178
    Large-Sample
    Player MP Playoffs Finalists Champions Rings/Yr
    Tom Heinsohn 19254 9 9 8 0.885
    Sam Jones 24285 12 11 10 0.880
    K.C. Jones 17501 9 8 8 0.860
    Bill Russell 40726 13 12 11 0.854
    Frank Ramsey 15330 9 8 7 0.752
    Tom Sanders 22164 11 8 8 0.742
    Larry Siegfried 13632 6 5 5 0.545
    Bob Cousy 30165 12 7 6 0.461
    Robert Horry 27066 16 7 7 0.457
    Michael Jordan 41010 13 6 6 0.453
    John Havlicek 46471 13 8 8 0.450
    Michael Cooper 23635 11 8 5 0.440
    Slater Martin 21889 9 6 4 0.439
    Magic Johnson 33245 13 9 5 0.424
    Scottie Pippen 41069 16 6 6 0.411
    Steve Kerr 16207 11 5 5 0.406
    Luc Longley 12006 7 3 3 0.401
    Dennis Rodman 28839 11 6 5 0.398
    Manu Ginobili 14503 6 3 3 0.392
    Vern Mikkelsen 18443 7 4 3 0.383
    Bill Sharman 21793 10 5 4 0.378
    Tony Parker 21757 8 3 3 0.368
    Don Nelson 21685 11 6 5 0.356
    B.J. Armstrong 17790 8 3 3 0.343
    Bruce Bowen 24055 10 3 3 0.318
    Kurt Rambis 16299 9 6 4 0.313
    Jamaal Wilkes 27275 10 5 3 0.313
    Kobe Bryant 36499 12 6 4 0.310
    Bob Harrison 11483 5 2 2 0.292
    Ron Harper 31199 10 5 5 0.291
    Tim Duncan 34716 11 4 4 0.290
    Bill Walton 13250 4 3 2 0.288
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 57446 18 10 6 0.287
    John Paxson 17257 10 3 3 0.287
    Will Perdue 12360 10 4 4 0.277
    Horace Grant 38621 13 5 4 0.275
    Larry Bird 34443 12 5 3 0.272
    James Worthy 30001 9 6 3 0.272
    Byron Scott 30153 13 6 3 0.268
    Toni Kukoc 22212 9 3 3 0.268
    Derek Fisher 26203 11 6 4 0.264
    Mario Elie 18654 11 3 3 0.257
    Rick Fox 23723 9 4 3 0.255
    Shaquille O'Neal 41065 15 6 4 0.251
    Randy Brown 11533 3 3 3 0.249
    Devean George 11170 8 4 3 0.241
    Red Rocha 10507 5 1 1 0.235
    John Salley 16524 9 5 4 0.234
    Norm Nixon 27250 6 3 2 0.229
    Dennis Johnson 35954 13 6 3 0.226
  6. P Middy Says:

    Could chalk up bird vs. russell dominance up to talent dilution in the association . . .

  7. Jayson Says:

    Great stuff..

    This is sort of related to something I was going to suggest as a study for this site.

    Who among 90's/00's (post expansion era) players were the best winners in the playoffs compared to the strength of the team they were facing, and who made a reputation of beating up on weak teams that had no business there in the first place..

    P.S. Poor Grizzlies, their entire franchise is up on the loser's list lol.