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Archive for January, 2011

Quick Mailbag: 40+ Point Scoring Teammates in Same Game

18th January 2011

Last week we had a question that I wanted to get to, but didn't have a chance until today. David wrote:

"After seeing LeBron drop 44 and Wade drop 34 in the game today, I was wondering when was the last time two players on the same team both scored 40+?"

Our box score database goes back to 1986-87 -- 1991 for the playoffs -- so we have three games on hand where two teammates scored 40+ points in the same game (and oddly enough, two took place in the postseason):

  • Utah at Houston, May 5, 1995. Facing elimination in Game 4 of the 1995 West quarters, the Rockets got exactly the kind of performance they envisioned when they acquired Clyde Drexler to pair with Hakeem Olajuwon. Glide dropped 41, Dream poured in 40, and Houston dominated 123-106. Two nights later, Olajuwon & Drexler combined for 64 points to put Utah away, and they went on to power the team's 2nd consecutive NBA title bid that June.
  • Chicago at Indiana, February 18, 1996. For the Bulls, this was just one of 72 victories in a landmark 1996 campaign that still stands as the most successful in NBA history. Fresh off the All-Star break, Chicago took their 36th win in their last 39 games when Michael Jordan (44 points) and Scottie Pippen (40) combined for more than 76% of the team's scoring output all by themselves.
  • Philadelphia at Indiana, May 6, 2000. This time, Indiana was on the giving end of the scoring outbursts, as Jalen Rose and Reggie Miller each tallied 40 apiece during a 108-91 win over the Sixers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semis. The Pacers would go on to take the series in 6 games, eventually advancing to the NBA Finals before running into a Laker buzz saw.

Posted in BBR Mailbag, History, Trivia | 27 Comments »

BBR Mailbag: Most Consistent Franchises of the 2002-2011 Decade

17th January 2011

BBR reader Prashant wrote in with a good question yesterday:

"I just read John Hollinger’s article about the sustained success of the Spurs and Mavs and was wondering if there was any way to calculate the average deviation of a given team’s record over time? Basically, which teams are the most consistently good/bad/average over a set timeframe, say a decade? I would imagine the Spurs/Mavs/Clippers are atop that list, while the Celtics and Heat probably have a pretty wild deviation (from lottery team to title contender)."

Sure, the easiest way to look at this is to calculate the standard deviation of each franchise's year-to-year winning percentages over the given timeframe.

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Posted in Analysis, BBR Mailbag, Statgeekery | 3 Comments »

BBR Rankings: Schedule-Adjusted Offensive and Defensive Ratings (January 14, 2011)

14th January 2011

2010-11 NBA power rankings through the games played on January 13, 2011:

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Posted in BBR Rankings, SRS, Statgeekery | 1 Comment »

NY Times: N.B.A.’s Haves and Have-Nots

14th January 2011

This week in the NYT, I take a look at the disparity between the best and worst teams:

Keeping Score: N.B.A.’s Haves and Have-Nots

The column appears in this morning's print edition as well.

Posted in NY Times | 2 Comments »

Layups: Weighting Team Age by Win Shares

13th January 2011

As a follow-up to their post about minute-weighted team age, Hoopism took the advice of our commenters and re-ran team ages, this time weighted by Win Shares:

Mapping Average Age to Success in the NBA

Comparing side-by-side with the raw roster averages, this has the effect of allowing you to see which teams' most productive players skew especially young (Miami, Orlando, LA Clippers) or old (Phoenix, Boston, Houston).

Posted in Layups, Statgeekery, Win Shares | 7 Comments »

Layups: 3-Point Defense One of the 2011 Cavs’ Biggest Problems

13th January 2011

SI's Zach Lowe has an illuminating post about one reason the 2011 Cavs are struggling so much:

"The Cavaliers are on pace to be the worst defenders of the three-point shot in league history. As we reach the midway point of the season, Cleveland’s opponents have hit 42.4 percent of their threes — by far the highest mark in the league.

...

Since the league instituted the three-point line in the 1979-80 season, only one team has allowed opponents to shoot 40 percent or better through an entire season, according to Basketball-Reference: the 2008-09 Kings, who allowed opponents to shoot 40.6 percent from deep."

Yikes. And to make matters worse, Zach goes on to provide evidence that one of the talents LeBron James took to South Beach was... you guessed it, the ability to hamper an opponent's long-range game.

Posted in Layups | 5 Comments »

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13th January 2011

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Posted in Announcements, Site Features | Comments Off

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 »

Facebook “Like” Buttons on Player Pages

11th January 2011

In BBR news, Justin has added Facebook "Like" buttons to all player pages — meaning you can, at long last, declare your affection for guys like Terry Dischinger or Mookie Blaylock.

Have fun, and feel free to even go a little crazy with this...

Posted in Announcements, Just For Fun, No Math Required, Site Features | 8 Comments »

Layups: The Oldest Teams in 2010-11

11th January 2011

Good visualization here from Hoopism:

Who is the Oldest Team in The NBA? 2010-2011

They give both the raw average of the entire roster, and the average weighted by minutes played, with a line indicating the change as a result of the different weighting. For instance, the Bulls have a lot of veterans on the team, but give more minutes to their younger players; conversely, the Cavs have a lot of young players, but give more PT to their older players.

(H/T: TrueHoop.)

Posted in Layups | 3 Comments »