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  Tale of the Tape
  Thurl Bailey Bingo Smith
Pos F-C F-G
Height 6-11 6-5
Weight 215 195
Draft 1983 (7th) 1969 (6th)
Debut Oct 29, 1983 Oct 16, 1969
Years 12 11
All-Star 0 0
All-NBA 0 0
All-Def 0 0
MVP 0 0
Champ 0 0
HoF No No
Adjusted Win Shares*
(Best → Worst)
Rk Thurl Bailey Bingo Smith
1 6.8 6.1
2 6.5 4.2
3 5.4 4.2
4 4.6 3.7
5 4.0 3.3
6 3.7 2.5
7 3.6 2.4
8 3.1 2.1
9 2.6 2.1
10 2.6 1.6
11 1.2 1.1
12 1.5
Wt Sum** 36.5 27.3

* Adjusted for schedule length
** 1 × best + 0.95 × 2nd-best + …

  Regular Season
  Thurl Bailey Bingo Smith
G 928 865
MP 24873 22407
PTS 11834 10882
TRB 4718 3630
AST 1298 1734
STL 435 431
BLK 1086 167
TOV 1444 237
 Per Game
MP 26.8 25.9
PTS 12.8 12.6
TRB 5.1 4.2
AST 1.4 2.0
STL 0.5 0.8
BLK 1.2 0.3
TOV 1.6 1.0
 Shooting
FG% .473 .449
3P% .114 .284
eFG% .473 .450
FT% .812 .798
TS% .523 .479
 Advanced
PER 14.3 14.1
TRB% 10.5 7.9
AST% 8.0 11.8
STL% 0.8 1.3
BLK% 2.6 0.6
TOV% 11.3 8.1
USG% 21.5 21.6
ORtg
DRtg
OWS 15.0 16.6
DWS 30.1 16.7
WS 45.0 33.3
WS/48 .087 .071

123 ≡ incomplete data

  Playoffs
  Thurl Bailey Bingo Smith
G 69 18
MP 2117 470
PTS 929 201
TRB 382 54
AST 98 35
STL 30 14
BLK 82 4
TOV 109 1
 Per Game
MP 30.7 26.1
PTS 13.5 11.2
TRB 5.5 3.0
AST 1.4 1.9
STL 0.4 0.8
BLK 1.2 0.2
TOV 1.6 0.5
 Shooting
FG% .449 .407
3P% .000
eFG% .449 .407
FT% .834 .893
TS% .507 .440
 Advanced
PER 12.6 12.0
TRB% 9.8 6.1
AST% 7.2 12.2
STL% 0.7 1.5
BLK% 2.3 0.5
TOV% 10.6 7.1
USG% 20.6 15.8
ORtg
DRtg
OWS 0.5 0.0
DWS 2.2 0.6
WS 2.7 0.5
WS/48 .061 .055

123 ≡ incomplete data