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A fun little graph on which teams travel the most next season

Aug 8, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT

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Which teams will log the most flight miles next season?

One of the smartest follows in the NBA twitterverse is @EdKupfer — a great stats guy who knows the game and loves to put things into graphics.

Now that the schedule is released, he figured out how many flight miles each NBA team was going to have to fly this year and put it in a nice little graph for the rest of us to be able to understand.


via @edkupfer twitter

It makes sense that the West Coast and Midwest teams travel the most — the Knicks, Nets, Celtics and Sixers barely have to travel to face each other. Meanwhile if you are Portland or Minnesota there are no close teams.

How much this really impacts wins and losses is up for debate (that is more about back-to-backs, and four games in five nights stretches). But it is interesting. Thanks Ed.

  1. shanelsweet - Aug 8, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Looks to be very good news for Royce White in Philly, and those of us who actually would like to see him play.

    • 00maltliquor - Aug 8, 2013 at 7:16 PM

      Ahhh!!! You beat me to it!!!

      I wonder if that was done on purpose.

      • shanelsweet - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:08 PM

        Shame on the NBA owners for trying to force a guy with a diagnosed disability into the same pigeonhole as other players without disabilities. I thought we established years ago that disabled folks deserve reasonable accommodations that allow them to work. Some folks comments about this guy belong to the era when employers didn’t even want to install a wheelchair ramp or a wheelchair accessible toilet. Everybody says this guy is a top talent. He can play most of Philly’s games without having to get on a plane. He should have started out his career on the East Coast, and the NBA owners knew that before his draft.

  2. wgray981 - Aug 8, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Go Cleveland!

  3. dopekidz83 - Aug 8, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    So 3 of the top 5 teams that do the most traveling just happen to be in the Pacific Division??? How does that happen?

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 8, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      Because there are more teams on the East Coast than the West, therefore the West Coast teams have more long trips.

      • hannsta - Aug 8, 2013 at 2:58 PM

        Its this crazy thing called geography. See while the nearest city to Portland with an NBA team is Sacremento, over 580 miles away, the closest city to Philly is DC which is only 140 miles away. Cities on the east coast are far closer to eachother than cities on the west.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 8, 2013 at 3:01 PM

        Yep, pretty much.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 9, 2013 at 1:10 AM


        The closest NBA city to Philly is NOT DC.

        Philly to NYC is just about 96.3 miles per a quick Google search… 2 teams in NYC too so very short trips as far as NBA travel goes… Another site lists it at 94 miles…

      • hannsta - Aug 9, 2013 at 3:43 PM

        Ya I realized that shortly after I typed it and there is no edit button. Point is still vaild 😛

    • youmisunderstood - Aug 8, 2013 at 5:37 PM

  4. hannsta - Aug 8, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Funny that LAC and LAL travel so much different distances even though they are in the same city.

  5. dezglobal - Aug 8, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Save your gas receipts lol

  6. jabronikid - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Seriously Brooklyn as BRO?

  7. acdc84 - Aug 9, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    By that logic POR/MIN should have the first two picks of the draft. Lucky for the league LA and BOS will “miraculously” get the top picks next year, and by good fortune Mr. Silver will inherit a league where the two most storied franchises are fortunate to get much better very quickly!

    • skinsfanwill - Aug 9, 2013 at 9:14 AM

      Cleveland will end up with the first pick again so Mr. Quicken Loans can recoup some of the money he lost after losing Lebron.

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