This just in: Reggie Miller was quite good at draining three-point attempts. A 24-year-old Quentin Richardson was thriving inside and outside, and the bench featured an endless supply of decent role players who could fill in for each other after injuries took their toll. It's not even in the top 100. If it scores 10 percent less, it'll have a 90 ORtng+. 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No one really knows, though I lean more toward Nash's side of the spectrum, given the success he had at the end of his Phoenix tenure without MDA on the sidelines. Report: Warriors signing undrafted free-agent Dwayne Sutton out of Louisville, Watch: Jared Goff calls 'Curry' audible during Rams vs. In 1997-98, Seattle paced the league in triples made and three-point percentage while minimizing turnovers, sharing the ball nicely and shooting better from two-point range than all but two teams throughout the Association. WARRIORS is a registered trademark of the Golden State Warriors LLC. Though this doesn't technically matter here, the '95-96 Bulls have the best adjusted defensive rating of any top-40 offense in NBA history. Baker actually matched Payton's scoring contributions, and he did so without sacrificing the least bit of offensive efficiency. 11, simply because no teams from this era emerged as truly dominant offenses. With dominant stars and a deep supporting cast, there was no stopping this Boston squad. The former was a physical specimen, one who remains remarkably strong to this day, and the latter was a tenacious and intelligent point guard, one who wouldn't really blow away the opponent with athleticism. As a sidenote, it's also worth noting that Don Nelson and Mike D'Antoni were calling the shots for five of those six squads, blessing Nash with the perfect systems. Penny Hardaway, then only 23 years old, was putting up a remarkably efficient 20.9 points and 7.2 assists during the average contest. Back when Kobe Bryant wore No. Now, let's see how these two Chicago teams stack up: These squads were quite similar, but the rising defensive levels of the league as a whole do end up pushing the later Bulls slightly ahead. Oh, but that wasn't it. Neither does points per game. is solely responsible for this site but makes no guarantee about the accuracy or completeness of the information herein. 1 in effective field-goal percentage. Josh Howard, Marquis Daniels and Tony Delk all topped six. The "seven seconds or less" offense was humming for the 2006-07 Phoenix Suns, who had the perfect personnel in place for sheer point-scoring dominance. Del Harris was still in charge of this squad, not Phil Jackson, but the Lakers managed to excel even without the Zen Master pacing the sidelines. Defense is irrelevant to these purposes, though. Welcome to Warriors Wire's European Union Experience. It helped that Larry Bird put up one of the best scoring seasons of all time, joining the 50/40/90 club while averaging 29.9 points per game, which is something no one else in NBA history can claim. This was the perfect storm in basketball—a terrific coach at the helm, a trio of stars led by the greatest player of all time in the midst of his prime, a stellar supporting cast and two-way excellence. The Kings' traditional offensive rating of 110.3 would be the No. Plus, Kevin McHale helped the cause and averaged 22.6 points per contest while using his stellar footwork to shoot over 60 percent from the field. But when attempting to rank teams historically, as we're doing here, that's still not good enough. Alvin Gentry had replaced Mike D'Antoni by this time, but the key on-court pieces were still in place. No team has ever produced a higher offensive rating than these Lakers, who stand out as the model of efficiency and production. The '91-92 Bulls featured Jordan in his prime, averaging 30.1 points per game and shooting 51.9 percent from the field, but it's not as though he was the only star on the team. Though the '96-97 Bulls had an offensive rating that was 0.8 points per 100 possessions lower, the league as a whole experienced a step back on the scoring end. And just as always, it was all about that dominant pick-and-roll set that Stockton and Malone would run with one another. Statistical data provided by Gracenote. You knew Michael Jordan was going to show up at some point. But much like the Showtime Lakers, they did so during a year that featured a league-wide offensive explosion, resulting in an average offensive rating of 108.2. The Showtime Lakers have to show up at some point. Not only did they lead the league in three-point percentage, but they also did so while taking more attempts than anyone else in the NBA during the 1987-88 season. The Jazz used a slow pace and relied on getting to the free-throw line quite often. The big man averaged 23.1 points per game while shooting a scorching (appropriate for the desert, huh?) Can we just take a minute to appreciate Steve Nash? During the lockout-shortened campaign, the man who held the downtown record before Ray Allen averaged 18.4 points per game, shooting 43.8 percent from the field, 38.5 percent from beyond the arc and a scorching 91.5 percent at the charity stripe. Plus, Robert Horry usually managed to chip in with some big shots. Offensive Categories. No one in NBA history has ever managed to compile a better win-loss record than the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, who blazed their way to a 72-10 mark. In addition to each of the aforementioned players, Jared Dudley, Robin Lopez, Goran Dragic and Leandro Barbosa all averaged at least seven points per contest. That just doesn't allow this Los Angeles iteration to stand out as much as it would otherwise, reputation and all.