The Hardest H it NBA teams by COVID? The Omicron Spike’s Numbers

Which NBA teams have been the most severely impacted by the league’s COVID-19 health and safety regulations?

Due to an inflow of players committed to 10-day hardship contracts, the NBA has continued to play through extensive COVID-19 transmission across its squads, despite nearly all of its players being vaccinated and a majority of them being boosted. Over 100 players have signed utilising hardship exceptions, helping to compensate for roughly 250 players who have entered health and safety protocols in the last three weeks.

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This strategy has reduced disruptions to the NBA schedule at the expense of roster availability from night to night. Those absences haven’t impacted every team equally, as some have had to play with makeshift lineups while others have had just minor effects so far.

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Now that the worst of the NBA’s omicron-related outbreak appears to be behind us — the number of players undergoing health and safety measures fell below triple digits for the first time since December 18 on Sunday — we can begin to assess the impact thus far.

Note: Here’s a quick rundown of the process. “Minutes lost” is determined using players’ minutes per game multiplied by games missed, based on games players have missed either in procedures or due to subsequent reconditioning until Sunday. Wins above replacement player lost (WARP lost) is derived by multiplying a player’s per-game rating by the number of games missing in my player measure. One caveat: Players who are already injured, such as Orlando Magic player Markelle Fultz, are not counted as lost if they are in the protocols since they would be unavailable regardless.

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