2007-2008 NBA Season End Beatpath Graph

In honor of the NBA season starting, here is the beatpath graph of the 2008-2009 season, including Boston’s championship run. I didn’t follow the NBA much last season, so you’ll have to let me know if there are any interesting surprises here.

Update: D’oh! Yep this is almost definitely the season ending in 2008, not beginning in 2008. I’ll rerun the graph with the fresher data, in another blog entry.

Update: Double D’oh! The graph also continued the 2007-2008 Exhibition games. Updated to include only the regular season and playoffs.


5 Responses to 2007-2008 NBA Season End Beatpath Graph

  1. David says:

    This looks more like the 2007-2008 season, not the 2008-2009 season. Is that possible?

  2. kj says:

    So… I know you didn’t follow the NBA much last season, but you should know that Boston did not win the 2008-2009 NBA championship. The 2009 NBA Finals were won by the LA Lakers against the Orlando Magic. The Magic beat out the Cavs in the Conference Finals.

    I am not saying that invalidates your graph, but it certainly is a glaring error in your explanation.

  3. The MOOSE says:

    Being a Boston fan, this looked rather strange to me. I checked and as I expected, BOS lost both of their games to LAL last year and there is no way they could have a direct BeatWin to LAL. The only explanation I can think of is that you did the 2007-2008 season where BOS did have a BeatWin over LAL and did win the championship.

    If this had really been last season I would have expected Cleveland to be a lot higher.

  4. doktarr says:

    Yeah… add me to the list of people who think this is 2007-2008 data. There’s no way Detroit has beatpaths to Orlando and Denver.

  5. ThunderThumbs says:


    Sorry, folks. I did have a niggling doubt last night as I posted this. It may be that the data source saying “2008” meant the year ending 2008, not 2009. Portland and Denver looked too low also. I’ll re-run this with fresher data sometime today.

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