Attention, hoops fans: Record alert! Record alert!
NBA records seem to fall this season faster than my hopes of ever publishing a paper in a peer-reviewed journal. After Steph Curry broke Steph Curry’s record for most three-pointers in a season and Kevin Garnett‘s corpse broke Karl Malone‘s record of career defensive rebounds, another record is about to fall, probably tomorrow. Or the day after tomorrow. I’m not sure how this shit with the time zones works. And how come there is no single word in English for the day after tomorrow?! What the actual fuck? Continue reading →
Well, it’s time for part II of our holiday special (and here’s a link to Part I). The concept for part II is the same simple one that was in part I – let’s have a look at the leaders (top 5) in the various statistical categories in the history of the all-star game, and see which current players might have a chance to move up the rankings, and even break the record one day.
Any further introduction is redundant. Let’s get down to business!
Ho ho ho, we’re nearing the NBA all-star game, and it’s a great opportunity to have a look at the records book in order to keep a close watch on the players who can make a splash in this year’s game and who might move ahead in the all-time leaders lists in the various categories.
Several years ago, I compiled an Excel file with stats about all the players who ever took part in the all star game. While I was at it, I also compiled a list of the leaders in each category. Continue reading →
Triple Doubles. A testament to all-aroundness in basketball. One has to be pretty damn versatile to achieve them. It’s not enough to score – almost anyone can score. Rebounds are a bit more difficult, but even guards can manage to collect 10+ of them in a game. Assists are always the most difficult issue – there are always fewer assists than rebounds. For example, the highest all-time assists average over the course of a whole season? 14.54. And this number is not even in the top-100 all-time best rebounding seasons. However, if you have the assists – you can more easily get the rebounds, than the other way around. This is why guards were always more dominant in the triple-doubles department – they usually have the assists. Sure, there are also triple doubles with blocks (rare) and steals (extremely rare), but the points-rebounds-assists combo is the most popular one, by far. Continue reading →
Hey, you! Yes you, with the eyes and the nose (sorry Voldemort)! Do you like three pointers? What a stupid question, of course you do! Who doesn’t like them?! Well, maybe Shaq… I mean, he made only one out of 22 attempts over his career. That’s even better than Kareem (1/18)!
Anyway, I really like three point shots. In the recent PC games from the NBA 2K series you have an option of a career mode, where you get the opportunity to built a player and play a whole career with him. And when I played that career mode, the first attribute that I always improved first was three point shooting. I really liked hitting them from downtown. Continue reading →