This is the second part of our summary of the changes in the all-time rankings in the All-Star game’s statistical categories (1st part). However, this is also, like, the third part of my 2016 All-Star summary, or to be more precise – the second sub-part of the second part of the summary. Er. So where does this leaves us? To quote Donald Sutherland from “Without Limits”: “Jesus, Mac, who gives a shit”.
I reached a conclusion this other day, when I saw Kim Collins compete in one of this year’s Diamond League events. Kim is already 39 years old, and the level he’s performing at these past few years is unparalleled in men’s T&F. To be such a consistent performer for such a long time? This is fucking unbelievable. Continue reading →
Another NBA season has passed, and just like my mentor (yeah right, I wish) Bill Simmons keeps his tradition of publishing his annual Trade Value column (check this out – a collection of ALL his previous trade value columns!), I will continue the tradition of publicizing the statistical achievements that went under the radar this year, the shy ones, the ones who keep over-analyzing conversations and social interactions. I don’t know for sure which column is more popular, but we’ll give Mr. Simmons the benefit of the doubt.
Ok, so despite my disappointment with this year’s all-star game, it still supplied us with some nice numbers. In this part I’ll try to put my bitterness aside, in order to return to the previews I wrote before the game about the leaders (you can see part I and part II here). I’ll go over each category in turn. Let’s start with…
Mirror mirror on the wall, which category was the most predictable of them all? This was! It’s like the Academy Awards category for “Best Actress” in 2011, when Natalie Portman was nominated for “Black Swan” (one of my all-time favorite movies, BTW. One of the 14-movies in my top 10). Timmyclimbed to second place all-time, with 15 games, and there’s really nothing interesting to say about it apart from that. 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.