|NBA Regular-Season Grades|
It's time again to hand out regular-season grades. As I've said before, the most important measurement of a team's success comes from the standings that determine playoff berths and seedings for the postseason series that begin this weekend. But it is also interesting, and hopefully revealing, to consider other aspects of a team's performance when evaluating its success.
Beyond wins and losses, I used a few criteria to come up with the grades you see below. How well was a team able to withstand or adjust to injuries and other adversity? How much did it capture the passion and imagination of its fans? Did it meet, exceed or fall short of general preseason expectations? How well did it achieve its own goals and purpose for the regular season, be it contending for a title or slowly building for the future?
Here are my answers to those questions.
(All stats and records are through Tuesday, April 24.)