espn.com NBA League Standings Are Broken

One for the sports fans. The NBA is a league that is broken down into two conferences and three divisions within each conference. Sports sites that track the NBA allow the user to sort the team standings in different views such as: division, conference, and league. For each sort view, the teams included in each bucket are sorted by winning percentage. 

I noticed something strange with the way espn.com did their league standings. Instead of throwing all of the teams in the league in one bucket and sorting by winning percentage, what their algorithm (I think this is a bug) is doing is taking the standings of both conferences, ranking them, and then intermingling the results. For example, for the top ten teams in their league standings – they list in this order 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b – where each couplet includes one team from each conference – irrespective of winning percentage. 

Let’s take a look. Included is how espn.com does the standings (incorrectly) and how foxsports.com does the standings (correctly). 

espn.com standings located here
foxsports.com standings located here

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