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Archive for the 'Layups' Category

Layups: Ranking the Greatest Playoff Series Ever

7th June 2011

Ranking the greatest series ever: At ESPN, John Hollinger concocted a formula to rank the 50 best playoff series since the NBA-ABA merger.

Posted in History, Layups, Playoffs | 6 Comments »

Layups: Top Dunkers of the 2010-11 NBA Season

7th June 2011

Top Dunkers of the 2010-11 NBA Season: At BBR reader Imadogg's blog, he posted dunk leaderboards for the 2011 season, including most total dunks, most dunks per game, and most dunks per minute.

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Layups: NBA Championship Rings by Teams 1947 – 2010

6th June 2011

NBA Championship Rings by Teams 1947 – 2010: Check out Hoopism's visual history of every NBA championship ring.

Posted in History, Layups, Playoffs | 4 Comments »

Keeping Score: They Won a Lot of Games, and Soon a Title –

2nd June 2011

Keeping Score: They Won a Lot of Games, and Soon a Title

At the NY Times, I highlight the unprecedented group of superstars currently seeking their first ring.

Posted in History, Layups, NY Times, Win Shares | 4 Comments »

Layups: R.I.P. Margo Dydek

27th May 2011

Here's a very sad news story from ESPN:

"Former WNBA player Margo Dydek has died after suffering a heart attack a week ago and being placed in a medically induced coma.


The Poland-born Dydek, who was pregnant with her third child, suffered the heart attack on May 19 and collapsed at her home in Brisbane. Roberts said that Dydek was at an early stage in her pregnancy and that her unborn child had also died."

Standing an amazing 7'2", Dydek was easily the tallest player in WNBA history. She was also one of the league's kindest, most popular players, Mechelle Voepel of wrote.

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Posted in Layups | 6 Comments »

Layups: Cognitive Bias in the LeBron Narrative

26th May 2011

Cognitive Bias in the LeBron Narrative: People's minds are tricking them when it comes to player narratives, writes ElGee of Back Picks.

Posted in Layups | 38 Comments »

Layups: Brent Barry Admires Hoopism’s Dunk Poster

24th May 2011

Remember Hoopism's sweet dunk contest history poster?

Awesomely enough, Brent Barry is a fan as well. And he's wearing the LAC warmup in the photos.

Posted in Just For Fun, Layups, No Math Required | Comments Off on Layups: Brent Barry Admires Hoopism’s Dunk Poster

Layups: Globetrotter Dizzy Grant’s NBA Impressions

16th May 2011

Derick "Dizzy" Grant is not only the Harlem Globetrotters' 4-point shooting specialist (somebody call Antoine Walker!), but he's also pretty good at impersonating other players:

I have maintained for years that basketball needs its version of the Batting Stance Guy... Could Grant be the hoops impressionist we've been waiting for?

Posted in Just For Fun, Layups, YouTube Finds | 5 Comments »

Layups: Playoff Matchups by City in Professional Sports

13th May 2011

Awesome post here from

Playoff Matchups by City in Professional Sports <<

Andrew researched how many times pro sports teams from various cities faced each other in the playoffs (with multi-game series counting as 1 matchup). Los Angeles and Dallas just finished their 15th battle (with L.A. leading 9-6), while relative newcomer Miami spoiled what would have been the 16th Boston-vs-Chicago matchup of all-time (Boston currently leads that series 10-5).

Posted in History, Just For Fun, Layups | 2 Comments »

Layups: R.I.P. Robert “Tractor” Traylor

11th May 2011

Sad that in the same week as one of Dirk Nowitzki's greatest professional triumphs, the man who was always linked to him via a draft-day trade -- Robert Traylor -- was found dead in his Puerto Rico apartment today at the age of 34:

"Robert Traylor, the former University of Michigan standout and short-time NBA forward, was found dead in his apartment in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico, according to Traylor's club (via Scott Schroeder). The big man affectionately known as 'Tractor' Traylor due to his size and strength was just 34 years old.

A cause of death and confirmation from Puerto Rican officials are not yet available. [...] Traylor struggled to make an impact at the NBA level, constantly struggling with both his weight and a heart defect that required aortic surgery in 2006."

Aside from a solid rookie season, Traylor's NBA career was nothing to write home about, but here are his career NCAA stats:

1995-96 Michigan BG10 22 19.9 3.7 6.7 .554 1.5 2.8 .548 5.9 0.5 0.9 0.7 2.4 3.1 9.0
1996-97 Michigan BG10 35 27.3 5.4 9.8 .556 2.3 5.0 .455 7.7 0.9 1.1 1.0 2.8 3.3 13.1
1997-98 Michigan BG10 34 32.1 6.6 11.4 .579 3.1 4.8 .642 10.1 2.6 1.3 1.4 3.2 3.2 16.2
Career Michigan 91 27.3 5.5 9.6 .566 2.4 4.4 .545 8.2 1.5 1.1 1.1 2.9 3.2 13.3

Following an NIT MVP performance at the end of 1997, in '98 he averaged a double-double on 58% shooting, leading Michigan to the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament. He also had this backboard-shattering slam:

Rest in peace, big man.

Posted in Layups, Player Audit, YouTube Finds | 1 Comment »