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And for those who say the Warriors faced an easy road to the title, their strength of schedule — as measured by the average regular-season SRS of the teams they faced in the playoffs, with an adjustment for each game’s location — was the 34th most difficult among the 71 NBA champions since 1947, coming in as slightly tougher than the average title run. It wasn’t the hardest path, but it wasn’t a cakewalk either.Here’s one more area where Golden State is probably the greatest ever: pure talent. Even on paper, before they ever played a game, the newly minted Kevin Durant Warriors seemed to have the greatest roster in NBA history. And unlike other recent “superteams” — such as the 2011 Miami Heat or 2015 Cavs — they basically lived up to their preseason billing. Our back-of-the-envelope calculations (using projected Box Plus/Minus) called for Golden State’s regular-season scoring margin per 100 possessions to be +12.3; they ended the season at +11.6, diminishing marginal returns be damned.That might seem to bolster the argument that the Warriors had it easy. With so much talent, they set themselves up for smooth sailing before they even embarked — just roll out the ball and set ’em loose. But in conjunction with the fact that the NBA’s overall talent pool is the best it’s been in at least two decades, it also supports the argument that Golden State played the game at the highest level it’s ever been played. In an era of great players, the Warriors had more of them than anyone else — and they all played to their potential.The specter of the Michael Jordan-era Bulls will always hang over every GOAT conversation, of course — as well they should. And according to the numbers above, the ’71 Bucks and ’01 Lakers (among others) should be right alongside Chicago in that conversation. But with their closing statement Monday night, the 2017 Warriors finished making their case. 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6251995Los Angeles Lakers1560152315271536 7921991Indiana Pacers1530148015141508 9812004Philadelphia 76ers1535145214001462 14171989Charlotte Hornets1307127212761285 11161975Phoenix Suns1478142913761428 5811955Philadelphia Warriors1565153515301543 6731950Anderson Packers1550151115251529 9972007Indiana Pacers1517145813981457 5351979Milwaukee Bucks1581151015661552 3852005Seattle SuperSonics1624158115591588 3242015Dallas Mavericks1654159515571602 12981963Chicago Zephyrs1390133313621361 10021976Detroit Pistons1480142414641456 10032015Denver Nuggets1504144014221455 12271994Los Angeles Clippers1451138913421394 11451961Cincinnati Royals1439138314371420 8511974Buffalo Braves1544143814971493 8772005Philadelphia 76ers1502146814911487 4601951Philadelphia Warriors1598153315791570 5302003Phoenix Suns1577153715461554 14051993Minnesota Timberwolves1335129412651298 12731987New York Knicks1425137513231374 11631988Phoenix Suns1449139913961414 10132015Detroit Pistons1476142414611453 2222009San Antonio Spurs1667162715951630 1412004Sacramento Kings1693165516291659 5362003Indiana Pacers1601155215041552 5641988Seattle SuperSonics1574152415431547 9781998Milwaukee Bucks1508145714261464 13041994Detroit Pistons1453134912771360 13311991New Jersey Nets1384133513241348 12311971Cincinnati Royals1429138413661393 5521999Charlotte Hornets1561152515611549 10232009Milwaukee Bucks1477144114351451 Based on a blend of a team’s peak rating, its average game-to-game rating and its final, end-of-season rating.Source: ESPN, Basketball-Reference.com 6381998Houston Rockets1601151514881534 13132016Brooklyn Nets1430134512891355 1831995Orlando Magic1690164315981644 6501991Atlanta Hawks1576153214881532 5011966Los Angeles Lakers1577154915601562 13501959Cincinnati Royals1378133013081339 11422017New York Knicks1471141713741421 12662009Minnesota Timberwolves1438136413261376 5461957Syracuse Nationals1588152215421551 6591993Los Angeles Clippers1568151315131531 1771989Phoenix Suns1684159916561647 10361971Atlanta Hawks1485139914581447 11132003Memphis Grizzlies1468140114181429 4931956Syracuse Nationals1609155215321564 8621957Rochester Royals1528148114631491 13421950Sheboygan Red Skins1393133213001342 14072010Minnesota Timberwolves1346129612421295 13412002Golden State Warriors1380133013211343 10431985Kansas City Kings1472142414391445 4242002New Jersey Nets1601155615801579 5661978Golden State Warriors1568150915631547 12891973Seattle SuperSonics1391135513461364 11352000Atlanta Hawks1521142613211422 10481970Seattle SuperSonics1471139114681443 9852002Washington Wizards1494145214381461 2301981Phoenix Suns1671163515761627 11112016Milwaukee Bucks1467142913921429 5141999Philadelphia 76ers1578154115541558 8552015Milwaukee Bucks1550148314431492 1042017Cleveland Cavaliers1699162816961674 8841980Indiana Pacers1508147814661484 7412002Orlando Magic1551152014751515 11742006Toronto Raptors1451141513721413 2931977Denver Nuggets1648161215731611 10501974Seattle SuperSonics1478141914301442 13931998Golden State Warriors1345128412961308 10612003Los Angeles Clippers1507141114021440 10622011Charlotte Bobcats1484143913951440 3502016Atlanta Hawks1627156615931596 10641997Los Angeles Clippers1470142414241439 6481964Los Angeles Lakers1590151614911533 12391996Los Angeles Clippers1426138013681391 10671977Milwaukee Bucks1458140814521439 6792006Indiana Pacers1575152014871527 10421974Houston Rockets1463142514481446 1602008New Orleans Hornets1687161316551652 1911976Golden State Warriors1688163815941640 3031959Syracuse Nationals1626158316111607 8281989Golden State Warriors1549148214731501 3272015Oklahoma City Thunder1631159015831601 11881988San Antonio Spurs1458140013661408 13212012Cleveland Cavaliers1403135512941351 10771948New York Knicks1465142614181436 9262003Golden State Warriors1508145814541473 13391995Detroit Pistons1378133113251345 12561992Sacramento Kings1400135013951382 951974Milwaukee Bucks1714166916551680 11381986Golden State Warriors1445139114291422 9901969Cincinnati Royals1526143314171459 10592004Phoenix Suns1457142914351440 10851989Indiana Pacers1448141214481436 10441973Houston Rockets1483142614251445 2632011Denver Nuggets1647158816191618 432015San Antonio Spurs1743166917211711 4891982Phoenix Suns1586155815511565 9121980New York Knicks1505146514601477 8371968San Francisco Warriors1639147613831499 12241954Milwaukee Hawks1409136814091395 11682013Detroit Pistons1461140713721413 10941994Boston Celtics1479142014031434 12401970San Diego Rockets1441138513461391 10962017Sacramento Kings1476143013931433 8861973Phoenix Suns1533147314451484 6461971Los Angeles Lakers1574153214941533 931990Los Angeles Lakers1704167516621680 8212016Memphis Grizzlies1561150814381502 3302015Chicago Bulls1636157415911600 8271993Golden State Warriors1580148614381501 10972008New Jersey Nets1467142014131433 3861988Denver Nuggets1622156115811588 9051959Detroit Pistons1535146414411480 2241984Philadelphia 76ers1700161415721629 11071982Kansas City Kings1468140314191430 8462014Atlanta Hawks1523147714851495 12221993Philadelphia 76ers1463138413481398 72016San Antonio Spurs1800176817591776 4262006Memphis Grizzlies1607156315641578 11492009New York Knicks1451140913991419 4222012Dallas Mavericks1635157815251579 13942003Cleveland Cavaliers1348129112851308 4881976Washington Bullets1589154615601565 6872005Chicago Bulls1557149915231526 2821997Detroit Pistons1640161415871614 7651998Minnesota Timberwolves1530148615191512 7571987Indiana Pacers1533149115141513 7932007Orlando Magic1543148514951508 7952017Charlotte Hornets1553150714631507 2662012Boston Celtics1649158216211617 4762015Toronto Raptors1635156715001567 1481983Los Angeles Lakers1710165416061657 7552017Indiana Pacers1536150115021513 10201997Minnesota Timberwolves1483144114321452 4211975Golden State Warriors✓1602153516021580 6192002Milwaukee Bucks1628153714481538 1641990Portland Trail Blazers1700161616351651 12051983Utah Jazz1413139014051403 13351988New Jersey Nets1370133813321347 12681969Seattle SuperSonics1413133513801376 13902010New Jersey Nets1358127813021313 7871990Seattle SuperSonics1545149114891508 10471974Atlanta Hawks1503142014081444 6232003Houston Rockets1553151715411537 10922015Sacramento Kings1475140914181434 401990Detroit Pistons✓1745168217161714 11391981Cleveland Cavaliers1473142713641422 8421999Minnesota Timberwolves1542148714611497 991991Los Angeles Lakers1705166016621676 3061999New York Knicks1632156516201606 11601947Chicago Stags1447138814091415 5912016Houston Rockets1560153015361542 11011965New York Knicks1454139114501432 6082013Los Angeles Lakers1569153515131539 171985Los Angeles Lakers✓1764168017641736 9482003Washington Wizards1517147114231471 11252010New York Knicks1474140913911425 11501947Philadelphia Warriors✓1446136614461419 14521993Dallas Mavericks1231115911881193 11521986Chicago Bulls1438140414141419 13202000Vancouver Grizzlies1397133213261352 13371949Indianapolis Jets1382134213121345 2831992Boston Celtics1643156316331613 9861977New Orleans Jazz1524143514241461 10511983Golden State Warriors1487142614141442 13731969Milwaukee Bucks1350129313211321 5221978Denver Nuggets1592155015231555 5862010Charlotte Bobcats1565153115311542 5591991Milwaukee Bucks1606153615011548 11621962New York Knicks1442138414181414 8821982Chicago Bulls1529146914571485 13571960Cincinnati Royals1378132712981334 10832007Minnesota Timberwolves1511144713501436 11661995Golden State Warriors1481140113591414 7342009Detroit Pistons1576151114631517 8301984Denver Nuggets1520148514991501 4041983New Jersey Nets1612158115581584 12951968Chicago Bulls1400135313341363 9601966Baltimore Bullets1494146314481468 6562017Denver Nuggets1556148815521532 11731997Toronto Raptors1427138614251413 5821995Denver Nuggets1564151915471543 5842012Phoenix Suns1574151615391543 3821989New York Knicks1633158415481588 482009Boston Celtics1760170716531707 4501978Phoenix Suns1619156815281572 4852014Chicago Bulls1609152715611566 12991982Utah Jazz1387134413531361 3611983New York Knicks1635152916131592 1841952Minneapolis Lakers✓1652163116481643 11831984Houston Rockets1456139913741410 11271986Indiana Pacers1454140814101424 841982Philadelphia 76ers1710165916891686 901995San Antonio Spurs1718166016741684 8232015Indiana Pacers1528147315051502 8831979Indiana Pacers1506145114961484 5771997Indiana Pacers1582153715161545 13362015Orlando Magic1396133213121347 13001952Milwaukee Hawks1389135813371361 11922002Denver Nuggets1448139413791407 7101978Chicago Bulls1600152614401522 1992011Orlando Magic1668163716081638 11951991Washington Bullets1466140013531406 782005Phoenix Suns1719165816921690 8541986Washington Bullets1525148314691492 11981997Golden State Warriors1440140213731405 11151964Baltimore Bullets1466141414051428 7611978Atlanta Hawks1535148315181512 2871963Los Angeles Lakers1682160115531612 6751982Golden State Warriors1543151815251529 3351985Detroit Pistons1644157815741599 7471981Kansas City Kings1542149715051515 2501986Houston Rockets1652156616471622 4131958St. Louis Hawks✓1616156815591581 11531975Atlanta Hawks1460142413721419 12082011Sacramento Kings1432135314211402 6431985New Jersey Nets1563151815211534 8041984Atlanta Hawks1527148115091506 13591972Detroit Pistons1399132112791333 12121987San Antonio Spurs1435138213851401 3792012Indiana Pacers1619156615811589 12142012Detroit Pistons1413138014061400 2272009Portland Trail Blazers1664158616331628 12361997New Jersey Nets1408136014081392 5192009Phoenix Suns1580154815401556 3801988Chicago Bulls1623156615771589 3841961Syracuse Nationals1627156915681588 2411977Portland Trail Blazers✓1649157716491625 11191985Los Angeles Clippers1475141013951427 14041999Denver Nuggets1315129812821298 5242013Chicago Bulls1597154215251555 13741947New York Knicks1351130113111321 6162007Toronto Raptors1578150415321538 651986Los Angeles Lakers1764168516471699 10351953Indianapolis Olympians1472143114391447 11872012Toronto Raptors1432137814151408 3021999Portland Trail Blazers1626160715911608 5951949Chicago Stags1565152315361541 10192017Dallas Mavericks1492144414201452 13292004Chicago Bulls1385134713111348 1451998Seattle SuperSonics1719165515991658 11022000Washington Wizards1461141914131431 13701995Washington Bullets1357131213071326 12161993Milwaukee Bucks1443139913571400 11211950Tri-Cities Blackhawks1453140214231426 12802017Phoenix Suns1409136013401370 9732006Boston Celtics1491146514381465 10241972Baltimore Bullets1516143414031451 2811983Milwaukee Bucks1631160816021614 2471979Seattle SuperSonics✓1643158016431622 13092009Washington Wizards1421134013141358 872004Detroit Pistons✓1715162217151684 12652006Charlotte Bobcats1401134713801376 12321986Los Angeles Clippers1412136813971393 12471994Sacramento Kings1410136413861387 10801979Chicago Bulls1473141114251436 6492015Phoenix Suns1593153814671532 4612009New Orleans Hornets1650158314781570 181997Utah Jazz1764169317481735 222010Orlando Magic1782166917441732 242003San Antonio Spurs✓1757167417571730 10782001Los Angeles Clippers1464138314621436 4741979Atlanta Hawks1585154115771568 2941979Phoenix Suns1631158016201611 10331971San Francisco Warriors1497143614101448 8691993Miami Heat1537145414761489 12062014Utah Jazz1466141313291403 4302005Minnesota Timberwolves1640153215591577 1512006Phoenix Suns1712164216141656 14001998Toronto Raptors1351131012431302 7731986New Jersey Nets1574150014591511 1891966Boston Celtics✓1667161116481642 11201976Kansas City Kings1448140014321427 2441949Minneapolis Lakers✓1645160216251624 6571998Washington Wizards1573152414981532 The 2015 NBA season was The Year Of The Golden State Warriors. But then, so was 2016 — up until its final moments. Somehow, though, the 2017 version has managed to overshadow anything its forerunners had accomplished. Closing out a five-game Finals victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night, these Warriors put the finishing touches on a season that ranks among the greatest in basketball history. According to at least one metric, this team made a strong case that it should be considered the greatest of all time — but there’s still room for debate.Going into the Finals, I noted that Golden State was closing in on the 1996 Chicago Bulls’ NBA record for the greatest peak performance ever, according to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings (which measure a team’s strength over time). The Warriors blew past the Bulls’ old rating this season with their 113-91 romp over the Cavs in Game 1, then set a new high-water mark in each of the next two games. Although the Warriors’ Game 4 loss dropped them back below the Bulls’ maximum Elo, Golden State finished the season with a rating of 1846, 23 points higher than the ’96 Bulls’ final mark. (Like this year’s Warriors, those Bulls also jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the Finals, but Chicago lost both Games 4 and 5 to the Sonics, which dropped their end-of-season Elo below what it was at its peak.)Using our preferred ranking method of blending together a team’s peak Elo, average daily Elo during the season and its final, end-of-season Elo, the 2017 Warriors come in as the greatest team in NBA history: 14101996Toronto Raptors1323129612631294 9392010New Orleans Hornets1516147114281472 12721981Utah Jazz1441136513171374 9701996Denver Nuggets1539145314041465 5711983Washington Bullets1585149815551546 3151976Boston Celtics✓1651158615761604 12751974Portland Trail Blazers1422136513321373 9061976Portland Trail Blazers1525146114521479 5181979Denver Nuggets1577153015621556 14201987Los Angeles Clippers1346128312071279 12972013Cleveland Cavaliers1409135313241362 6211990Atlanta Hawks1577149715381537 12301970Detroit Pistons1425138013751393 10651997Milwaukee Bucks1487143213991439 4121978Seattle SuperSonics1614154915801581 5791954Fort Wayne Pistons1584155114961543 12851985Indiana Pacers1420137013111367 10412012Minnesota Timberwolves1505145413811446 12871996Minnesota Timberwolves1386135713491364 10931972Atlanta Hawks1461139614451434 551981Boston Celtics✓1731168416921702 12901995Philadelphia 76ers1407134613391364 1791980Seattle SuperSonics1683164016141646 9311980New Jersey Nets1496145814651473 9741975Cleveland Cavaliers1501145014411464 3171969Boston Celtics✓1632157316061604 1171959Boston Celtics✓1686165416661669 3681954Boston Celtics1619156415901591 11651975Los Angeles Lakers1465140813691414 10391978Houston Rockets1527143513781447 5572002Philadelphia 76ers1583154515171548 1161998Indiana Pacers1683164816771669 13922001Golden State Warriors1389132212181310 13022009Memphis Grizzlies1379132413791361 9681978Kansas City Kings1496145114521466 6971971Phoenix Suns1557150515111525 292004San Antonio Spurs1764169617191726 13061991Charlotte Hornets1374133713661359 13011994Washington Bullets1402133713441361 3262012Denver Nuggets1635156916001601 8082017Detroit Pistons1588148414411504 9792013Portland Trail Blazers1522146114051463 12172007Boston Celtics1462137813601400 13122015Los Angeles Lakers1418136312831355 12371991Minnesota Timberwolves1408135914081391 13492008Miami Heat1447131112591339 13151989New Jersey Nets1396136213031354 11031971Seattle SuperSonics1447141514311431 13172005New Orleans Hornets1382135613201353 5482001New York Knicks1595154215151551 9271965Baltimore Bullets1493144214831473 8951984Washington Bullets1530147614381481 4371974Chicago Bulls1611158015361576 12541996Dallas Mavericks1426137313461382 12591982Dallas Mavericks1407135413781380 14491950Denver Nuggets1278122411711224 10562009Golden State Warriors1470143714171441 13261982San Diego Clippers1421135312711348 13271988Golden State Warriors1406135512841348 13282013Orlando Magic1464133012491348 13611994Milwaukee Bucks1378133812821333 2851987Dallas Mavericks1640161415841613 8292009Miami Heat1526146915091501 8651991New York Knicks1521147114781490 The best NBA championship runs ever (according to SRS) 3621992Golden State Warriors1605158515861592 6822002Phoenix Suns1600150914721527 201993Bulls154+5.84.810.7 3141984New York Knicks1648159515711604 13382008Seattle SuperSonics1397133413031345 5891970Baltimore Bullets1571152015351542 7262013Boston Celtics1563151614781519 5971970Los Angeles Lakers1560151015521541 3402002Minnesota Timberwolves1664159515341597 8671989Washington Bullets1509145915001489 4952012Philadelphia 76ers1592154915481563 13451997Denver Nuggets1395134412831341 11542002Atlanta Hawks1443139014201418 2451998San Antonio Spurs1660156716431623 13482011New Jersey Nets1374134113011339 13081997San Antonio Spurs1442134112921358 3221985Denver Nuggets1643155516091602 11761977Atlanta Hawks1443138414101412 14161947Providence Steam Rollers1301127812771285 13861991Denver Nuggets1393130412471314 10541993Denver Nuggets1472140314511442 9691996Sacramento Kings1532143414311466 3912013Houston Rockets1610157515741586 2611991San Antonio Spurs1669160415841619 13581980Detroit Pistons1423133912401334 7682007Washington Wizards1590152014251511 491980Los Angeles Lakers✓1738164317381706 8202005Los Angeles Lakers1594150014131502 1092004Minnesota Timberwolves1703165516601673 13631997Philadelphia 76ers1367132013101333 10871973Kansas City-Omaha Kings1465142514171435 2311992Phoenix Suns1647161216231627 12922008Memphis Grizzlies1409135613241363 13672015New York Knicks1413131512561328 13681991Miami Heat1343131713181326 5731993New Jersey Nets1598152415141546 10061996Golden State Warriors1476144814411455 5981996Cleveland Cavaliers1566153215241541 2001954Syracuse Nationals1666161416331638 3412002Seattle SuperSonics1632158015801597 91992Chicago Bulls✓1782175917621768 13751995Los Angeles Clippers1338130413191320 13761950Waterloo Hawks1332129813301320 1881993Seattle SuperSonics1669162916281642 5991982Denver Nuggets1580151215301541 6611996Detroit Pistons1562150315281531 9882013Minnesota Timberwolves1483143614601460 6012006Washington Wizards1564150415541540 12491969Chicago Bulls1410137613671384 3661988Utah Jazz1618154716111592 2371995Indiana Pacers1643160816271626 1131995Utah Jazz1711166416371671 13532011Washington Wizards1362132413271338 13461997Dallas Mavericks1388133512971340 12962011Toronto Raptors1432135612991362 722003Dallas Mavericks1726169116661694 2721951Rochester Royals✓1638159516141615 2081958Boston Celtics1681162016041635 7251999Milwaukee Bucks1536151115101519 3201974Detroit Pistons1648159215691603 1702013Los Angeles Clippers1690164216141649 822006Detroit Pistons1743169516261688 13962002Chicago Bulls1337129312871306 3431991Houston Rockets1652157015691597 13982014Milwaukee Bucks1358129412551303 4681952Boston Celtics1582155115721569 12152012Washington Wizards1433133414331400 4091979Los Angeles Lakers1628158015381582 10811999Chicago Bulls1526142713551436 9232007Sacramento Kings1527147514211474 11671999Golden State Warriors1425140814081414 5292014Washington Wizards1588152015541554 9932009Toronto Raptors1493144614361458 13162017Brooklyn Nets1386130213721353 14081990Charlotte Hornets1318126113051295 14091983Houston Rockets1373128812231294 4332013Golden State Warriors1608154015821576 2581998Phoenix Suns1649158416251619 672007Phoenix Suns1743167716761698 8721995Sacramento Kings1516147314761488 9471980Washington Bullets1487145114741471 14152013Charlotte Bobcats1302125713021287 13252000Golden State Warriors1405134712941349 10161960Minneapolis Lakers1485141114611452 12441996New Jersey Nets1447139313271389 6952004New Orleans Hornets1594149914831525 702001San Antonio Spurs1735167716771696 1142011Boston Celtics1723166216271671 4361995Portland Trail Blazers1614156915441576 13551992Orlando Magic1370132413141336 5721990New York Knicks1620153414821546 81961Celtics82+11.61.913.5 14262001Chicago Bulls1299125512591271 11992014Detroit Pistons1469139613511405 14241968San Diego Rockets1366128411741275 11412003Miami Heat1492141413571421 12211977New York Nets1520138312901398 4082004Memphis Grizzlies1629156115561582 1622008Houston Rockets1697161516421651 14331973Buffalo Braves1306125612051256 10572007Charlotte Bobcats1460140914531441 12001976Chicago Bulls1427139413941405 9241975Seattle SuperSonics1504144714711474 2912017Utah Jazz1633159616051611 9291978New Orleans Jazz1498144814721473 281999San Antonio Spurs✓1756167417561728 6301965Philadelphia 76ers1568151715211535 1031961Boston Celtics✓1691164116911675 3921979Philadelphia 76ers1629155715721586 3481993Portland Trail Blazers1650158115561596 2172016Los Angeles Clippers1658162816101632 6411981Indiana Pacers1556153315131534 Postseason SRS is determined by comparing a team’s per-game playoff scoring margin to the margin that a league-average team would have against the same opponents (based on their regular-season SRS ratings and the location of each game).Source: Basketball-Reference.com 8981949Baltimore Bullets1514146814611481 9952016Sacramento Kings1501144714251458 9592004New York Knicks1505146114391468 692014Oklahoma City Thunder1749168316581697 4802001Minnesota Timberwolves1597154915531566 11221987Sacramento Kings1442141014251426 8991954Philadelphia Warriors1509145314801481 8241975Kansas City-Omaha Kings1548148814701502 Of course, Elo is hardly the only number you can use to rank historical teams.1We’re the first to admit that the metric has its share of blind spots. And the Warriors don’t quite make it to No. 1 in a few other statistical categories. For instance, according to Basketball-Reference.com’s Simple Rating System (SRS) metric, which adjusts a team’s point differential for the strength of schedule it faced, Golden State’s entire season — including the playoffs — ranks “only” third all time, trailing the 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks in addition to the ’96 Bulls.Part of that is due to the Warriors’ fourth-place ranking in regular-season SRS. But Golden State also blew a chance to move up the list with their playoff run. Had they completed the elusive Fo’, Fo’, Fo’, Fo’ with a Finals sweep, they would have compiled the best single-postseason SRS of any champion ever. But Golden State lost by 21 in Game 4 against Cleveland, so instead they finished with the second-best playoff performance of any NBA champ ever, behind the 2001 L.A. Lakers: 12351993Sacramento Kings1449138513431392 4622001Miami Heat1627157315101570 71950Lakers112+8.54.913.5 13821997Boston Celtics1387131612441315 10912013New Orleans Hornets1479142214021434 7781985San Antonio Spurs1530149615041510 2901983San Antonio Spurs1642157516171611 10521991Cleveland Cavaliers1481140914361442 1901987Detroit Pistons1661160516581641 8501976Houston Rockets1509147814931493 101986Celtics153+10.32.312.7 10141999Boston Celtics1477142714541453 10122016Orlando Magic1492143114371453 8181998Orlando Magic1528147015111503 1591999Indiana Pacers1674163016531652 5231975Buffalo Braves1586154315341555 8331984San Antonio Spurs1534149214751500 13431989San Antonio Spurs1395133812921341 2432001Portland Trail Blazers1695162915491624 6451989Boston Celtics1565153115041533 10792008Charlotte Bobcats1450141114481436 13522006Atlanta Hawks1352132313401338 8112012Portland Trail Blazers1574150514331504 5331996Atlanta Hawks1579152415561553 CORRECTION (June 13, 2:25 p.m.): A table in a previous version of this story listed every team’s Elo under the team’s current name, leading to some past years’ entries being listed under incorrect names. 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Career Wendy Turnbull+249393 Helena Sukova+3304104 Peak Net WinsHighest Singles RankWTA Singles TitlesSlam Finals Caroline Wozniacki+3131272 Jana Novotna*+2982244 Pam Shriver+3473211 Elena Dementieva+2573162 Manuela Maleeva Fragniere+2903190 The best without a SlamFemale players with the most net wins (wins minus losses) at any point in their careers when they had not won a singles Grand Slam, 1968-2017 Jelena Jankovic+2451151 Zina Garrison+3274111 Agnieszka Radwanska+2932201 In tennis, the most prestigious players are those who win Grand Slams. The next best? On the women’s circuit, it’s Caroline Wozniacki, the 27-year-old from Denmark who’s now ranked second in the world.Of all the women in tennis, no non-Slam champ has been as good as Wozniacki, who played in her first Grand Slam final in 2009 and is now in the Australian Open semifinals. She has a 541-223 record, according to the WTA, which gives her a winning percentage of 71 percent. If any Slam-less active players compare to Wozniacki, it’s Simona Halep and Agnieszka Radwanska, whose highest career rankings were No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, and who each played in at least one Grand Slam final. But Wozniacki’s overall accomplishments are more impressive, as she’s won more WTA singles titles and put up a better overall win percentage.There have only been a handful of female players in the Open era of tennis history to win as much as Wozniacki has without lifting a Slam trophy. To measure this, we looked at the net wins (wins minus losses) of all players since 1968 through last year’s U.S. Open, and then found the point in their careers where they had the most net wins but zero Grand Slams. Only Pam Shriver, Helena Sukova and Zina Garrison — all of whom played primarily in the 1980s — reached a higher mark than Wozniacki. While Sukova’s career may be the most disappointing — she lost two Australian Open finals and two U.S. Open finals — Wozniacki has won more titles than any other player on this list. Through 2017 U.S. Open. Main draws only.*Peak set during a Grand Slam tournament the player ultimately won.Sources: Tennis Abstract, WTA Wozniacki may yet win a Slam, earning her way off this list much like the late Jana Novotna did. The Czech player had peak net wins of +298 before she finally broke through at Wimbledon in 1998 and won her first singles Slam at age 29. She would retire the following year. More recently, Kim Clijsters was at +239 net wins when she finally won a Slam at the 2005 U.S. Open — her fifth finals appearance.Wozniacki can perform at her best just about anywhere. The most difficult surface for her has been grass, but she still managed to reach the fourth round of Wimbledon six times in her career, including last year. At the French Open, she twice reached the quarterfinals. Her present run to the Australian Open semifinals ties her best there. The most competitive Wozniacki of all showed up at the U.S. Open, where she lost two finals, one to Clijsters and the other to Serena Williams, who has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles in her career.Wozniacki’s Grand Slam drought seems unlikely, especially when she’s compared to her rivals. Others with thinner resumes already have won Slams. Take Garbiñe Muguruza, who has won two Grand Slam titles but has a lower winning percentage than Wozniacki. The same can be said of Petra Kvitova, who won twice at Wimbledon. Perhaps most improbable of all: Jelena Ostapenko, who won her first Grand Slam title at last year’s French Open. She was 20 years old at the time and had never made it past the third round at a major before winning the title.So why hasn’t Wozniacki won? She is hardly a choker. The main reason, it seems, is that her tennis is oriented more around defense — sprinting and hitting medium-pace shots — than offense. But in tennis, defensive players can get into trouble when they run into someone with a hot offensive game — which is nearly impossible to beat. Take Serena Williams, who has a better, and more consistent, offense than anyone in the game. Wozniacki has played Williams 11 times and lost 10 matches, including two at the U.S. Open (a semifinal and a final). Wozniacki has lost to Venus Williams seven times and beaten her only once.At the Australian Open, Wozniacki has her best chance yet to end her Grand Slam title drought. She’s already managed one miracle. In the second round, she beat the unseeded Croatian Jana Fett, 3-6, 6-2, 7-5. Wozniacki trailed 5-1 in the third set and faced two match points before winning six straight games. “I felt like I was one foot out of the tournament,” Wozniacki said.If Wozniacki reaches the final, she’ll be playing against Angelique Kerber or Halep. Over her career, she’s 5-8 against Kerber and 4-2 against Halep. Either opponent would set up a classic match, giving her an excellent chance to go from runner-up to champion. And whether she wins or loses here, there is a record that Wozniacki is very likely to break soon. If she takes over the No. 1 ranking, the gap between the last time she was the WTA’s top-ranked player and this time would be the longest stretch since the rankings were introduced in 1975. It’s not worth a Grand Slam title, but it’s not bad, either. read more

OSU senior center Jacoby Boren (50) blocks during a game against Illinois on Nov. 14 at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois. OSU won 28-3. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorAll things considered, Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer was relatively pleased with his team’s 28-3 victory over Illinois on Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois.His starting quarterback, redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett, was back in the lineup after a one-game suspension. His star running back, junior Ezekiel Elliott, continued his Heisman-worthy season and moved into third place in school history for career rushing yards. And on the other side of the ball, his defense smothered the Fighting Illini, allowing just three points.Despite all of the aforementioned accomplishments, Meyer said he wanted to see his team be a little more balanced, and he knows how that will occur.“That starts right now with pass protection,” he said on Saturday, following the win. “That’s the only negative.”Meyer said in the upcoming week, the Buckeyes are going to work “extremely hard” to fix the issues in pass protection, especially because they need to protect Barrett in the pocket, which didn’t happen enough against Illinois.As a result, the passing game was not nearly as dynamic as it had been in the past.“I wouldn’t call it exceptional, because I think he got pressured a little bit,” Meyer said of Barrett’s performance.Barrett only threw for a 150 yards and one touchdown, with an interception.The interception, however, is a perfect example of why the cracks in the pass protection need to be sealed before the Michigan State Spartans arrive in Columbus on Saturday.With the third quarter nearing an end, OSU was in the midst of an eight-play, 51 yard drive well into Illini territory.On second down, Barrett dropped back to pass, but the pocket quickly crumbled. As the redshirt sophomore tried to find redshirt senior Nick Vannett across the middle, his elbow was hit, which caused the ball to look more like a floating feather than an actual throw.It landed right in the arms of junior safety and Hilliard, Ohio, native Caleb Day, who returned it 19 yards.The pressure was applied by junior Carroll Phillips, who was supposed to be blocked on the play by redshirt sophomore left guard Billy Price.“I went to pull, and he came faster than what I was ready for,” Price said describing the play. “I took a step back to regain my balance to able to take him out, and by that time, I was already in J.T.’s lap.”Price credited Carroll with making the play, but while talking about the sequence, he was visibly disappointed with himself in allowing the deflection to happen.One area where Price is not disappointed, however, is in run blocking, evidenced by how the offensive line routinely clears gaping holes for Elliott to run through. The St. Louis native turned in his 15th consecutive game of over 100 yards rushing on Saturday by tallying 181 yards with two touchdowns.“Us, as the offensive line, we really do enjoy blocking for (Elliott),” Price said. “That’s what we love to do.”But, to find the balance of creating running lanes fit for a semitrailer truck to drive through and a sturdy pocket for Barrett to pass behind will not happen overnight, according to Price.Fixing pass protection, Price said, is extremely difficult because it is hard to highlight one thing as the definitive issue.“It’s something you just have to continue to improve,” he said. “It’s a craft. It’s not just something like run blocking where you can just go slug somebody. It’s an artform.”But, this week and beyond, Price said the O-line will work diligently to develop its art further. It’s what the “Slobs” have to do for the offense to strike the necessary balance.“You have to develop that skill,” he said. “It’s something that, over time, you just have to continue to get better and that’s something that we can constantly work on.”Senior left tackle Taylor Decker agreed, adding that the Buckeyes can’t just run the ball “40 times” a game and expect to keep winning. Fixing the pass protection before Michigan State arrives in Columbus for its scheduled game against OSU on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. is imperative, Decker said.“It’s something we’ll have to work on,” he said. “Michigan State has some very good pass rushers.”Meyer is confident, though, that all the work the offensive line puts forth will pay off because of the talent the unit already possesses.“They’re good enough,” he said. “That’s the challenge I will have for our coaches. It’s not just them. We’re going to hammer (pass protection) hard this week.” read more

Ohio State sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle drives to the basketball against a Connecticut defender in a game on Dec. 10 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 64-60. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe year 2016 was a year the Ohio State men’s basketball team and coach Thad Matta would like to forget. The Buckeyes had the opportunity to turn the page on New Year’s Day in Champaign, Illinois, and start 2017 and Big Ten play on the right foot. However, the same head-scratching, disappointing outcomes seemed to have stuck with OSU into the new year.The Illinois Fighting Illini beat OSU, 75-70, dropping the Scarlet and Gray to 0-1 in conference play and 10-4 overall. Malcolm Hill led Illinois with 12 points in the team’s 11th win of the season, moving to 1-1 in the Big Ten, 11-4 overall. Tracy Abrams had 16.Sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle led the Buckeyes with 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting. He scored 18 of those points in the second half.Lyle scored 16 straight points for the Buckeyes over a span that lasted almost seven minutes to take OSU’s first lead at 58-57 in the second half since the 10:05 mark of the first half.Illinois guard Jalen Coleman-Lands hit a 3 with 3:28 remaining to retake the lead, 66-64. Down 69-67 with under a minute to go, Hill beat OSU junior forward Keita Bates-Diop to the rim, extending the Illini lead to four.After two Illinois free throws, senior forward Marc Loving knocked down a 3 to cut the deficit to three points. Once Abrams hit two free throws for the Fighting Illini to go up five, Loving’s off-balanced 3 was rebounded by the Illini, ending any hope OSU had for a comeback. OSU shot 42 percent from the field to Illinois’ 43 percent. Illinois forward Leron Black dominated the glass with 15 rebounds while OSU’s redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson struggled with foul trouble and ended the night with six points and four rebounds.Loving had 10 points.OSU’s next try for its first conference win of the 2016-17 season comes on Thursday against the No. 15 Purdue Boilermakers (12-3, 1-1 Big Ten). read more

Redshirt-junior opposite Andrew Lutz (11) serves the ball during a match against Lees-McRae Jan. 17 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAndrew Lutz, redshirt-junior opposite for the Ohio State men’s volleyball team, picked up his second consecutive Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Offensive Player of the Week honor Jan. 28.Lutz said earning individual honors aren’t something he worries about, and just wants to help the team get better.“I don’t think much about it, I have teammates out there on the court doing just as much as me who aren’t getting recognized,” Lutz said.Despite Lutz’s modesty when discussing the honor, he is definitely an asset to the team as a whole, his teammates and coach agree.Junior outside hitter Michael Henchy said Lutz’s ability on the court is truly a sight to behold.“If you’ve never seen him hit, you’re missing out because he makes everyone else look like they have cement in their shoes,” Henchy said.Coach Pete Hanson explained the amount of responsibility that falls on the player in the opposite position. This particular player stands opposite of the setter, and is the front and back row attack option.Hanson said Lutz has impressed with how he has performed at the position“Andy has accepted that challenge, and has really done a nice job with it,” Hanson said.Overall, Lutz leads the MIVA with a 3.77 kills per set average and is third in the league with a 4.39 points average. Lutz has put together four-straight matches in double-digit kills, including a season-high 17 against MIVA rival Lindenwood this past weekend.Lutz’s teammates and coach describe him as a “pretty quiet guy” before matches.“He normally only says a couple of words to me and the other players,” Henchy said.Hanson referred to Lutz as a “quiet leader.”“He (Lutz) is not someone who talks a lot on or off the court, however, does try to lead by example and by his actions,” Hanson said.Peter Heinen, redshirt-junior setter, said Lutz is always listening to music up until game time, and has an interesting taste.“He could be listening to country one song and then switch it to European dance music next,” Heinen said.Next up for the Buckeyes, Lutz will be looking to continue his run of good form when they travel to Chicago to take on Loyola Saturday at 5 p.m. read more

Senior forward Brandon Kearney (25) celebrates his second goal with the rest of the men’s hockey team during the third period of Ohio State’s game against Wisconsin on Nov. 18. Ohio State won 4-0. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternAfter seven straight wins, all in conference, the No. 2 Ohio State men’s hockey team (19-5-4, 12-3-3 Big Ten) will go up against Minnesota (11-14-4, 8-9-3 Big Ten) at home this weekend with an opportunity to lock up the No. 1 seed heading into the Big Ten tournament.Consistency has been key recently for Ohio State, as it has won each of the past seven games, placing the team firmly at No. 1 in the Big Ten and No. 2 in USCHO polls. Minnesota is ranked No. 4 in the Big Ten and currently remains unranked.With two wins against the Golden Gophers, the Buckeyes will clinch the Big Ten in the regular season with four games left on the schedule.The Buckeyes defense has been critical to the team’s success. Junior forward Carson Meyer emphasized the importance of both of their goaltenders: redshirt senior Sean Romeo and sophomore Tommy Nappier.“I think we play incredibly confident in front of each of them the same,” Meyer said. “They’re both doing unbelievable this year.” Where Ohio State sees its defense as one of its greatest assets, Minnesota has seen quite a bit less success this year: the Golden Gophers defense is ranked No. 42 in the nation. That said, the Golden Gophers are strong on the man advantage, with the No. 5 power play in the country and a 26.7 percent success rate.Head coach Steve Rohlik recognizes the significance of going up against a team that finds decent success in defending against power plays.“We’ve got to be good on the power play,” Rohlik said. “Hopefully we’ll get some opportunities, but you’ve got to make your own breaks, and we’ve got to prepare. We’re putting the work in this week, and hopefully we’re ready for it.”Minnesota is led by junior forward Rem Pitlick, who has tallied 17 goals, tied for No. 4 in the country, and 18 assists so far this season. The 35 points is tied for No. 7 in the NCAA.Senior forward Tyler Sheehy trails closely behind with 10 goals and 34 points, which is tied for ninth-most in the country.Both matches against Minnesota this season have resulted in 2-2 ties, with Ohio State winning in the 3-on-3 overtime in each game for two points in the Big Ten as opposed to Minnesota’s one in each matchup. Senior forward Brendon Kearney is hoping to put on a good game for the Ohio State fans to reward their support.The attendance at the Schottenstein Center has been more than 6,800 in the past four home games for the men’s hockey team, a number the Buckeyes reached only four times overall the previous season.“Buckeye Nation is always fantastic,” Kearney said. “For the past few weeks, we’ve been creeping on 10,000 fans a night for the past six or seven home games.” No. 2 Ohio State takes on Minnesota at the Schottenstein Center at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. read more

first_imgNow, two decades on, the public can view the desk on which Diana, Princess of Wales not only carried out her official work, but also sought solace from her troubled personal life. The Duke of Cambridge and his brother Prince Harry selected the items displayed on the desk – including a box of cassettes of her favourite music and framed photographs of family and friends – to remember Diana’s “commitment to duty”, as well as the time they spent with… The desk was chosen by Princes William and Harry for inclusion in a new exhibition at Buckingham Palace as a way of paying tribute to their mother’s memory.center_img It was where she poured out her deepest hopes and fears in letters to friends and confidantes.last_img

first_imgAfter a private lunch with Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit at their home Skaugum, William and Kate will visit Holmenkollen, the snowy hills overlooking Oslo.The couple will visit the Holmenkollen ski jump and museum and then watch a demonstration from some of Norway’s top under-18 ski jumpers.Before leaving for the UK, William and Kate will watch a group of local nursery children taking part in an afternoon ski lesson on the slopes and also join them for some outdoor activities such as roasting sausages on an open fire. His friend Mr Strande said: “We don’t know much about the royal people from England. It was good that they took the time to say hello and shake hands.” Students wave as the Royal couple arrive at their schoolCredit:Victoria Jones /PA The Duchess of Cambridge has compared the sub-zero temperatures in Oslo to her days as a student in “freezing cold” Scotland.Kate, who is six months pregnant with her third child, made the comments as she and the Duke of Cambridge went on an impromptu walkabout meeting Norwegian students at their high school.Screams and shouts greeted their arrival at Hartvig Nissen School in Oslo where they were due to meet the stars of an innovative Norwegian drama.After asking one student what he was studying Kate, who wore a Dolce and Gabbana coat, said: “I did physics and chemistry for A-level, no not physics biology.”When the pupil asked her about her schooling she said: “I went to a school called Marlborough College and then on to university which is where I met William, to St Andrews university in Scotland. Miles away, freezing cold. But I can’t complain about that being here. It’s much colder here.” She also spoke to 19-year-old Shaun Ondo and his 18-year-old friend Alfred Strande.”I told her that her coat was burgundy and she said I had very good English,” said Mr Ondo.”It was nice to see them in real life and nice to see they are such friendly people.” Duchess of Cambridge (C), Norway's Crown Princess Mette-Marit (2ndR) and Norway's Crown Prince Haakon talk with students The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are joined by Norway’s Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon as they talk to studentsCredit:LISE AASERUD /AFP Kate also asked some teens if they “have got exams coming up this summer? Good luck with everything.”They were joined by Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit who followed behind their guests and also met the teenagers who had been waiting excitedly in sub-zero temperatures. Students wave as the Royal couple arrive at their school In the school William and Kate learnt about the popular series Skam, which attracted a legion of fans for its portrayal of issues including mental illness, homophobia and sexual assault.Following on from the themes of the show, the characters started their own social media profiles to engage with the audience directly, creating an international following and fan base.The royal couple met some of the stars and producers of Skam and chatted to students to learn about the effect the hard-hitting drama had on bringing issues they face into the open. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Duchess of Cambridge greets school children in Oslo The Duchess of Cambridge greets school children in OsloCredit:HANNAH MCKAY /REUTERS last_img read more

first_imgA plan to increase council tax on second homes in the Yorkshire Dales to keep young families in the area has been blocked by the local council.Members of Richmondshire District Council voted 13-12 against joining other local authorities within the national park and speaking to the Government about the idea, which was part of plans to retain young families in the area.It had been suggested that council tax should be increased as much as five-fold, but that will not happen now the largest authority within the park has turned it down.Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority chairman Carl Lis said: “It would be remiss of me not to make clear to the public that the proposition to talk to Government has in effect been killed off.”In my view, the decision has let down local communities by stopping the conversation before it had properly started.”Richmondshire District Council has rejected the view that too many second homes can have an adverse impact on the viability of local communities.”It has also rejected the view that there are too many second homes in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.”I think many people living in the National Park will be staggered by those conclusions.”But the Dales Homeowners Action Group said it was “a triumph for common sense” and the uncertainty had damaged the local economy. A spokesman said: “House sales have been stalled and there’s been a human cost with some people seeing their life’s work put at risk.”last_img read more

The town is suffering from severe drought, with virtually no rain in seven months and farmers suffering serious hardship as they come into summer. That is, except when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex fly in for a royal visit, bringing the British weather with them. In this remote rural town of Australia, according to locals, each day brings two virtual certainties: no one famous will ever visit, and no rain will fall. The Duke and Duchess, who visited the reason partly to raise awareness about the plight of farmers, were instead… The Duke and Duchess, who visited Dubbo on the second day of their tour of Australia, were hit by torrential rain and thunderstorms, in the first full downpour in months.