National Basketball Association (NBA) comprises 30 teams that are divided into two conferences, each with three divisions. The top-ranking teams at the end of each season are engaged in playoffs to determine the NBA champion.
Over the years, Boston Celtics have been the most successful team of the NBA with 17 NBA titles under its belt.
The league is currently running in its 74th season, which got suspended on March 11, 2020, due to the corona-virus pandemic. Several players like Rudy Gobert, Marcus Smart, and Kevin Durant have been tested positive for COVID-19 disease, creating jeopardy for the 2019-2020 season of NBA.
Today we take a look at the top 5 NBA teams depending on their wins, losses and the win percentage in their current season, and a bit of their history.
With a win percentage of 81.5%, our list is topped by the Milwaukee Bucks. The team was founded in 1968 and competes in the NBA as a member of the Eastern Conference Central Division. Bucks have played a total of 65 games in the current season in which they have won 53 and lost just 12 games.
Milwaukee Bucks have won two conference championships (1971 and 1974) and one NBA title (1971). The key players in the team are Giannis Antetokounmpo, Eric Beldose, Donte DiVincenzo, and George Hill. Also nicknamed as Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo has 623 field goals with a goal percentage of 54.7%.
Los Angeles Lakers
Playing its 72nd season, Los Angeles Lakers is in the 2nd position of our list. In 63 total games played, Lakers have registered 49 wins and 14 losses, with a win percentage of 77.8%.
Coached by Frank Vogel, the Lakers’ rooster is decorated by some of the world’s best known basketball players like LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Anthony Davis.
LA Lakers is also known as ”the house that Kobe built” due to his historic 20-year career with the team. As of the current season, the highest scorer for the Lakers is LeBron James with 586 field goals in 60 games, followed by Anthony Davis with 508 field goals in 55 games.
Based in the most populous city of Canada, Toronto Raptors is the only non-American basketball team in the NBA. The Raptors entered the season as the defending champions of NBA for the first time in the franchise history. It has already clinched a playoff spot in the current season as well.
In the present season, the Raptors played 64 games and have a win percentage of 71.9%. Raptors are managed by Nick Nurse and have been successful to record 46 wins and 18 losses in the season. Some of the key players of the Toronto Raptors are Terence Davis, Chris Boucher, and Pascal Siakam.
Los Angeles Clippers
Branded as LA Clippers, Los Angeles Clippers stands in the fourth position of the NBA standings 2020. Clippers boast a win percentage of 68.8% in a total of 64 games played in this season. The team has 46 wins and 18 losses under its name in the current season.
In July 2019, Clippers signed the MVP (Most Valuable Player) of the previous season’s final, Kawhi Leonard for a whopping $103 million contract. Kawhi Leonard played 51 games for Clippers this season where he scored 476 points.
Other than Leonard, the team also features many decorated NBA stars like Montrezl Harrell, Marcus Morris Sr., and Lou Williams.
With 43 wins and 21 losses in the current season, Boston Celtics find its place in the top five teams of the 2020 NBA. The Celtics are probably the most decorated and the most successful team of the NBA with 17 championships, 21 conference titles, and 22 division titles under its hood.
Celtics acquired Kemba Walker, Enes Kanter, and Vincent Poirier for the 2020 NBA season. The highest scorer for the Celtics in the current season is Jayson Tatum with 499 field goals, followed by Kemba Walker and Jaylen Brown with 350 and 378 field goals respectively.
The bottom line
Except for LA Clippers, the other four teams on the list have already qualified for the 2020’s playoffs. Depending on when the NBA resumes its season, the league is planning to implement a special postseason format just for this season.
The delayed playoffs can result in the change in the number of playoff teams or how they qualify. But for now, all we can do is wait for the season to resume!