Examining NBA's three best offenses
PER Diem: Dec. 17, 2009
Updated: December 17, 2009, 1:10 PM ETBy John Hollinger | ESPN.com
Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty ImagesJosh Smith and Amare Stoudemire have helped lift their teams to the two best offenses in the NBA.Just as there's more than one way to skin a cat, there's more than one way to run a successful offense in the NBA. The past three days provided ample evidence of that for me. In that time I've watched Denver, Phoenix and Atlanta -- the league's three most successful offensive teams this season -- roll to home victories with very different styles. While the reigning conference champions, the Lakers and Magic, get all the attention for their offensive weaponry, those two teams are actually 12th and fifth in the league, respectively, in offensive efficiency. The league's third-best team in points per game, Golden State, also ranks down the offensive efficiency charts (21st) once we rate teams on a per possession basis.
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