Posted by Alex Bonilla on April 16, 2019
Basketball-Reference has added a new section to its season pages that present a more visual display of how conference and division standings changed from day to day within a season. Using the 2018-19 Eastern Conference standings by date as an example, you can see how the ordering of teams shifted from day to day, such as the struggle between Toronto and Milwaukee for the top spot in the conference in January, or how Brooklyn, Orlando and Detroit landed in the 6-8 spots in the final weeks of the seasons.
There is a table to indicate how many days a team spent in first place in the conference or division being displayed. There is also a function to highlight a specific team to better keep track of them on the table. For example, try going to the 2004-05 Western Conference standings, go to the Highlight a Team dropdown above the table and select the Denver Nuggets. That will highlight them on the table and you can track their meandering route to the 7th spot in the Western Conference that season.
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