This is a question that for some reason started to occupy my thoughts a few months ago: if we take all the NBA players and check their scoring average throughout their entire careers, and specifically look for their worst scoring season – who’s worst season will be the best? What player, even at his lowest point in terms of scoring, was still THE MAN?
So I did what every stats-junkie would do – I looked it up. I remembered that Michael Jordan averaged a career-low of exactly 20 points per game during his last season in Washington. Which is pretty damn awesome, because you know – he was 40 fucking years old at the time!!
So having an average of 20 points-per-game for your worst season is amazing, but is this the best anyone has ever managed? Continue reading →
I was thinking about writing about the awesomeness of Chris Andersen‘s tattoos, but instead I will write about something very saddening for me and for other NBA stats-junkies: The demise of the 20-10.
In the past, averaging a “20-10” was the hallmark of a good center. 20 points, 10 rebounds – this is what was expected of your average good center (or 30 and 20, if your name happens to be Wilt Chamberlain), and the great ones maintained those averages throughout their entire careers. In fact, the “20-10” club has, as of now, 14 members, all of which are retired. But until very recently, there were 15 members in the club, the 15th being the only active player. Who was it? Well, Kwame Brown is a great guess, but no. We’ll see in a minute who our mystery man is.
Well, no league in the world is probably open to statistical analysis like the NBA.
However, in addition to the popular statistical stuff, many awesome and intriguing stats go unnoticed. This post is dedicated to them. The stats that don’t get the recognition they deserve (mostly), the ones that almost nobody notices, the ones that prefer to be a wallflower during a party, and the ones that are afraid to say hello to the girl they like when she passes by them in the college’s hall… This post is for you!
We saw enough of some regular statistical achievements this year, like Philly’s succesful tanking (26 loses in a row!), Durant’s awesome scoring streak (which eclipsed even the streak of His Mighty Airness), and many more.
But hey, they are not the reason why we gathered here.