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Archive for the 'Awards' Category

Layups: Mid-Season “Anti-Awards”

28th January 2011

From Ian Levy of Pickin' Splinters:

Mid-Season Anti-Awards | Pickin' Splinters

Bizarro categories include the Shawn Bradley Award for tall players who get their shots blocked, the Jahidi White Award for lowest Ast/FGA, and the Darrick Martin Award for lowest FG%.

Posted in Awards, Just For Fun, Layups | 1 Comment »

Layups: Derrick Rose, Plus/Minus MVP?

25th January 2011

In the absence of a runaway choice, there's an ever-growing push among traditional media members in favor of Derrick Rose's MVP candidacy -- and to be totally honest, the advanced boxscore-based stats don't see it. Rose is having a tremendous season, without a doubt, but he's currently 9th in Win Shares, 17th in WS per 48 minutes, 14th in Player Efficiency Rating, and 14th in Statistical +/-... Not exactly the most impressive MVP resume from the stathead's perspective.

However, there is one advanced metric that does validate the love for Rose: Adjusted Plus/Minus (via BasketballValue.com). Sure, the standard errors are huge, and Mike Dunleavy Jr. shows up as the 2nd-best player behind Rose (yikes!). But at least there is some numerical evidence that Rose is making Chicago better in ways that aren't being detected in his box score numbers.

Posted in Awards, Layups, Statgeekery, Totally Useless | 56 Comments »

Hall of Fame Players With the Shortest Waits Before Induction

12th January 2011

Since there's a certain primacy to players who required fewer "ballots" for Hall of Fame induction, here is everyone in the Basketball Hall of Fame who played in the NBA/ABA/BAA, sorted by the fewest years between their final NBA/ABA/BAA season and the HoF class in which they were inducted:

Player Final Yr Inducted Diff
Bob Cousy 1 1970 1971 1
Ed Macauley 2 1959 1960 1
George Mikan 2 1956 1959 3
Andy Phillip 2 1958 1961 3
Elgin Baylor 3 1972 1977 5
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1989 1995 6
Charles Barkley 2000 2006 6
Larry Bird 1992 1998 6
Bill Bradley 1977 1983 6
Wilt Chamberlain 1973 1979 6
Clyde Drexler 1998 2004 6
Alex English 1991 1997 6
Julius Erving 1987 1993 6
Patrick Ewing 2002 2008 6
John Havlicek 1978 1984 6
Elvin Hayes 1984 1990 6
Magic Johnson 1996 2002 6
Michael Jordan 2003 2009 6
Jerry Lucas 1974 1980 6
Karl Malone 2004 2010 6
Moses Malone 1995 2001 6
Kevin McHale 1993 1999 6
Hakeem Olajuwon 2002 2008 6
Robert Parish 1997 2003 6
Bob Pettit 1965 1971 6
Scottie Pippen 2004 2010 6
Oscar Robertson 1974 1980 6
David Robinson 2003 2009 6
Bill Russell 1969 1975 6
John Stockton 2003 2009 6
Isiah Thomas 1994 2000 6
Bill Walton 1987 1993 6
Jerry West 1974 1980 6
Tiny Archibald 1984 1991 7
Rick Barry 1980 1987 7
Joe Dumars 1999 2006 7
Walt Frazier 1980 1987 7
Pete Maravich 1980 1987 7
Wes Unseld 1981 1988 7
Dominique Wilkins 1999 2006 7
Dave Cowens 1983 1991 8
Cliff Hagan 1970 1978 8
Dan Issel 1985 1993 8
Bob Lanier 1984 1992 8
Willis Reed 1974 1982 8
Nate Thurmond 1977 1985 8
Dave DeBusschere 1974 1983 9
Hal Greer 1973 1982 9
Drazen Petrovic 1993 2002 9
Dolph Schayes 1964 1973 9
James Worthy 1994 2003 9
Billy Cunningham 1976 1986 10
George Gervin 1986 1996 10
Tom Gola 1966 1976 10
Earl Monroe 1980 1990 10
Calvin Murphy 1983 1993 10
Dave Bing 1978 1990 12
David Thompson 1984 1996 12
Bob McAdoo 1986 2000 14
Lenny Wilkens 1975 1989 14
Bob Davies 1955 1970 15
Sam Jones 1969 1984 15
Bill Sharman 1961 1976 15
Paul Arizin 1962 1978 16
Connie Hawkins 1976 1992 16
Adrian Dantley 1991 2008 17
Gail Goodrich 1979 1996 17
Jack Twyman 1966 1983 17
Walt Bellamy 1975 1993 18
Frank Ramsey 1964 1982 18
Dennis Johnson 1990 2010 20
Tom Heinsohn 1965 1986 21
K.C. Jones 1967 1989 22
Slater Martin 1960 1982 22
Jim Pollard 1955 1978 23
Joe Fulks 1954 1978 24
Clyde Lovellette 1964 1988 24
Bailey Howell 1971 1997 26
Bob Houbregs 1958 1987 29
Bobby Wanzer 1957 1987 30
Neil Johnston 1959 1990 31
Al Cervi 1953 1985 32
Harry Gallatin 1958 1991 33
Dick McGuire 1960 1993 33
Vern Mikkelsen 1959 1995 36
George Yardley 1960 1996 36
Gus Johnson 1973 2010 37
Arnie Risen 1958 1998 40
Buddy Jeannette 1950 1994 44
Maurice Stokes 1958 2004 46

This is not necessarily a list of players with the shortest time between retirement from basketball and HoF induction. In most cases, "retirement from the NBA/ABA/BAA" and "retirement from basketball" are the same thing, but it's possible for a player to delay his eligibility by playing in a minor league after retiring from the "majors".

1 - Cousy initially retired in 1963, which would have made him eligible for the Class of 1969. However, he returned to the NBA with the Royals for 7 games in 1969-70. After re-retiring, he maintained his earlier eligibility from 1969.
2 - Inducted before HoF established the 5-year waiting period.
3 - Baylor played 9 games before retiring early in the 1971-72 season, so for the Hall of Fame's purposes he was eligible in 1977.

Posted in Awards, Data Dump, Hall of Fame, History, Trivia | 12 Comments »

2009-10 APBRmetric Awards

14th April 2010

Since I looked at the 2010 APBRmetric All-Stars back in January, we might as well name the end-of season APBRmetric Award Winners as well...

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Posted in Analysis, Awards | 19 Comments »

So Who’s the MIP?

6th April 2010

The other day I decided to check out the Most Improved Player (MIP) list on ESPN.com's NBA Awards Watch. Before visiting the page I figured that Kevin Durant would be at the top of the list, as Durant has made a stratospheric leap this season, going from at best an average player to one of the top five players in the NBA. Imagine my surprise when I saw Durant in the second spot on this list, behind Aaron Brooks of the Houston Rockets. In my mind I knew that this had to be wrong, that Durant's improvement was the most improbable performance of the season, but I needed a way to quantify it. The question is: How? Let's go to the data...

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Posted in Awards, Statgeekery | 31 Comments »

Nash Gunning For a Third MVP?

18th November 2009

94508101510_Suns_v_HawksAccording to ESPN's MVP Watch, Steve Nash is currently your frontrunner in the race for the NBA's most prestigious individual award, and our own MVP tracker doesn't disagree much -- it lists Nash second behind the incumbent, LeBron James. Could it be that Nash is on track to capture his the third MVP of his career, giving him the same number of trophies as Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, & Moses Malone (and more than Tim Duncan, Karl Malone, & Bob Pettit)?

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