(Updated 3/12): Beating every NBA team: Bulls in rare company

UPDATE 3/12: With the Lakers loss to Miami, the Thunder loss to San Antonio, and the Hornets loss to the Bulls, only the Bulls and Spurs can defeat every other team yet.  Spurs home vs. Boston March 31, Bulls at New York April 12.

Now that the Bulls have defeated the Spurs, that gives the Bulls a win against every team in the Western Conference. No small feat, that. In addition, they have a chance yet to defeat every NBA team this year if they can post wins against the Knicks and Hawks yet. I was curious just how rare, so I went and charted each team's results against the rest of the NBA...


Team # Defeated Yet to Defeat (Remaining Opps) Swept By
San Antonio Spurs 28 BOS(1)  
Boston Celtics 26 HOU(1), NOR(1) DAL
Miami Heat 24 BOS(1), MEM(1), SAS(1) DAL, CHI
Dallas Mavericks 27
Chicago Bulls 28 NYK(1)  
Los Angeles Lakers 26 ORL(1), DAL(2)  MIA
Oklahoma City Thunder 25 MIA(1), TOR(1), LAL(1) SAS
Orlando Magic 25 DEN(1) NOR, UTA, POR
Atlanta Hawks 21 BOS(1), HOU(1), SAS(1) DAL, NOR, LAL, OKC, PHO
Portland Trail Blazers 22 PHI(1), WAS(1), ATL(1), DAL(2), OKC(2), LAL(2) BOS
New Orleans Hornets 23 IND(1), LAL(1), MIN(1), PHO(3) CHI, NYK
Denver Nuggets 26 NOR(1), SAS(1) PHI
Utah Jazz 22 CHI(1), PHI(1), SAS(1), WAS(1), DAL(1) BOS, PHO
Memphis Grizzlies 23 BOS(1), CHI(1), NYK(1), NOR(2) ATL, NJN
New York Knicks 23 BOS(2), CLE(1), ORL(2) DAL, HOU, LAL
Phoenix Suns 22 CHI(1), ORL(1), DAL(1), SAS(2) CHA, MIA, PHI
Philadelphia 76ers 23 MIA(1), SAC(2) DAL, LAL, MEM, OKC
Golden State Warriors 22 LAL(1), PHO(1), SAS(1), DAL(3) ATL, BOS, MIA
Houston Rockets 20 CHA(1), DAL(1), MIA(1), PHI(1), PHO(1), POR(2), SAS(2) CHI, ORL
Indiana Pacers 18 ATL(1), CHI(1), MEM(1), ORL(1), BOS(2), NYK(3) HOU, OKC, PHO, SAS, UTA
Charlotte Bobcats 17 IND(1), LAC(1), MIA(1), MIL(1), NYK(1), OKC(1), POR(2), SAS(1), ORL(3) DAL, NOR, UTA
Milwaukee Bucks 15 MIA(1), OKC(1), BOS(1), CHI(1), PHI(2) DEN, MEM, NOR, PHO, POR, SAS, UTA
Los Angeles Clippers 18 CLE(1), PHI(1), TOR(1), DAL(2), WAS(2), MEM(3) ATL, NJN, ORL, POR, UTA
Detroit Pistons 18 CHI(1), DEN(1), MIA(1), NYK(1) HOU, LAL, MEM, MIN, OKC, POR, SAS
New Jersey Nets 16 BOS(1), IND(1), MIA(1), MIL(1), MIN(1), ORL(1), PHI(1), NYK(2) DAL, LAL, OKC, PHO, SAS
Washington Wizards 14 ATL(1), DEN(1), OKC(1), CHI(1), DET(1), GSW(1), MIA(1), LAC(2) DAL, LAL, NOR, NYK, ORL, PHO, SAS
Toronto Raptors 16 DEN(1), GSW(1), IND(1), MIA(1), NYK(1), CHA(1), MIL(2) ATL, LAL, MEM, POR, SAS, UTA
Sacramento Kings 14 CHI(1), IND(1), MIL(1), OKC(1), GSW(2), HOU(1), PHI(2), SAS(1), UTA(1) ATL, BOS, CHA, DAL, DET, MIA
Minnesota Timberwolves 14 BOS(1), CHI(1), DEN(1), MIA(1), OKC(1), DAL(1), LAL(1), MEM(1), PHO(2) ATL, CHA, ORL, PHI, POR, SAS
Cleveland Cavaliers 9 ATL(1), CHI(1), MIA(1), OKC(1), ORL(1), POR(1), SAC(1), TOR(1), CHA(2), DET(2) DAL, DEN, GSW, HOU, IND, MIN, NOR, PHO, SAS, UTA


So, to sum up:

  • The Bulls are one of five teams that can still defeat every NBA team, along with the Spurs, Lakers, Thunder and Hornets
  • The Bulls probably have the best chance to pull it off, since they are the only one of the five that has defeated every other one of the purposed "elite" teams (SAS, BOS, MIA, LAL, ORL, DAL), and they have 3 shots at the good team left.
  • Defeating every team in the NBA is actually quite a rare feat, and something the 1991, 1993, and 1998 championship Bulls teams didn't manage to do.

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