Making the playoffs is relatively easy. Being crowned the champ! Now thats another story. Here are some facts regarding just how difficult it is to be #1.
Since the 1979-80 season 37 teams have had a winning percentage of .750 or better. 16 won championships for a win percent of 43.2%.
Since 1979-80, 140 teams (all made the playoffs) had a winning percent of between .650 and .749. 16 won a championship for a 11,4% rate.
Since 1979-80, 341 teams (311 made the playoffs) had a winning percent of between.500 and.649. 2 won a championship for a .006% rate. Those 2 teams were the 1994-95 Rockets with a.573 win percent. That club was led by Olajuwon and Drexler- Both Hall Of Famers. The other team was the 2005-06 Heat with a winning percent of.634. That team featured Shaquille, Wade,Mourning and Peyton.
Just making the playoffs doesn't do it for me. However I realize that some fans are content with that and I applaud their optimism