About six weeks ago I wrote about the biggest fluke scoring performances in NBA history. This past Friday night we had a new name to add to the mix: Corey Brewer, who’s stunning 51-point performance bested his previous career high by 22 points.
Please read the blog post linked above for complete details, but just to summarize a player’s “fluke” score is determined using the following formula:
(Pts – Avg)2 / Avg
where “Avg” is the player’s season scoring average.
Continue reading The Biggest Fluke Scoring Performances in NBA History (Update)
Horace Grant had a career year in 1991-92, averaging 14.2 points and 10.0 rebounds per game, shooting a career-high .578 from the field, and he was one of just six players with at least 100 steals and at least 100 blocks.
On the surface those numbers appear to be good, not great, yet he finished the season third in the NBA with 14.1 win shares, and his average of .237 win shares per 48 minutes was good for third as well.
How did this happen? How did a player like Grant manage to contribute so much to the bottom line?
Continue reading The Horace Grant Conundrum
When I was a kid, I can remember looking at a basketball encyclopedia and being amazed by some of the statistics from the 1960s:
And the list goes on.
I was born in the 1970s, but the decade I most closely identify with my childhood is the 1980s. We had Magic Johnson and Larry Bird and later Michael Jordan, but I can remember thinking “These guys are good, but they must not be that good. Their numbers aren’t close to those put up by guys like Chamberlain, Russell, and Robertson.”
Continue reading About Those Numbers From the 1960s…