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Jimmy O'Brien

James J. O'Brien (Jim)

Position: Point Guard ▪ Shoots: Right
Height: 6-1 ▪ Weight: 170 lbs.
Born: April 9, 1949 in New York, New York
High School: Saint Francis Preparatory School in Brooklyn, New York
College: Boston College
Draft: Buffalo Braves, 4th round (2nd pick, 53rd overall), 1971 NBA Draft
ABA Debut: October 15, 1971

Totals

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1971-72 22 TOT ABA PG 84 1778 173 436 .397 7 32 .219 166 404 .411 65 80 .813 59 147 206 373 152 189 418
1971-72 22 PTC ABA PG 18 354 34 82 .415 3 9 .333 31 73 .425 11 14 .786 13 19 32 74 38 37 82
1971-72 22 KEN ABA PG 66 1424 139 354 .393 4 23 .174 135 331 .408 54 66 .818 46 128 174 299 114 152 336
1972-73 23 KEN ABA PG 68 1014 126 317 .397 0 9 .000 126 308 .409 68 89 .764 27 65 92 174 77 103 320
1973-74 24 TOT ABA PG 72 1320 211 513 .411 7 27 .259 204 486 .420 79 95 .832 49 85 134 254 63 1 113 79 508
1973-74 24 KEN ABA PG 46 761 119 284 .419 2 10 .200 117 274 .427 45 54 .833 32 53 85 139 34 1 70 47 285
1973-74 24 SDA ABA PG 26 559 92 229 .402 5 17 .294 87 212 .410 34 41 .829 17 32 49 115 29 0 43 32 223
1974-75 25 SDA ABA PG 79 2036 210 525 .400 4 34 .118 206 491 .420 125 142 .880 50 136 186 443 89 2 192 147 549
Career ABA 303 6148 720 1791 .402 18 102 .176 702 1689 .416 337 406 .830 185 433 618 1244 152 3 534 518 1795
3 seasons KEN ABA 180 3199 384 955 .402 6 42 .143 378 913 .414 167 209 .799 105 246 351 612 34 1 261 302 941
2 seasons SDA ABA 105 2595 302 754 .401 9 51 .176 293 703 .417 159 183 .869 67 168 235 558 118 2 235 179 772
1 season PTC ABA 18 354 34 82 .415 3 9 .333 31 73 .425 11 14 .786 13 19 32 74 38 37 82

Per Game

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1971-72 22 TOT ABA PG 84 21.2 2.1 5.2 .397 0.1 0.4 .219 2.0 4.8 .411 0.8 1.0 .813 0.7 1.8 2.5 4.4 1.8 2.3 5.0
1971-72 22 PTC ABA PG 18 19.7 1.9 4.6 .415 0.2 0.5 .333 1.7 4.1 .425 0.6 0.8 .786 0.7 1.1 1.8 4.1 2.1 2.1 4.6
1971-72 22 KEN ABA PG 66 21.6 2.1 5.4 .393 0.1 0.3 .174 2.0 5.0 .408 0.8 1.0 .818 0.7 1.9 2.6 4.5 1.7 2.3 5.1
1972-73 23 KEN ABA PG 68 14.9 1.9 4.7 .397 0.0 0.1 .000 1.9 4.5 .409 1.0 1.3 .764 0.4 1.0 1.4 2.6 1.1 1.5 4.7
1973-74 24 TOT ABA PG 72 18.3 2.9 7.1 .411 0.1 0.4 .259 2.8 6.8 .420 1.1 1.3 .832 0.7 1.2 1.9 3.5 0.9 0.0 1.6 1.1 7.1
1973-74 24 KEN ABA PG 46 16.5 2.6 6.2 .419 0.0 0.2 .200 2.5 6.0 .427 1.0 1.2 .833 0.7 1.2 1.8 3.0 0.7 0.0 1.5 1.0 6.2
1973-74 24 SDA ABA PG 26 21.5 3.5 8.8 .402 0.2 0.7 .294 3.3 8.2 .410 1.3 1.6 .829 0.7 1.2 1.9 4.4 1.1 0.0 1.7 1.2 8.6
1974-75 25 SDA ABA PG 79 25.8 2.7 6.6 .400 0.1 0.4 .118 2.6 6.2 .420 1.6 1.8 .880 0.6 1.7 2.4 5.6 1.1 0.0 2.4 1.9 6.9
Career ABA 303 20.3 2.4 5.9 .402 0.1 0.3 .176 2.3 5.6 .416 1.1 1.3 .830 0.6 1.4 2.0 4.1 1.0 0.0 1.8 1.7 5.9
3 seasons KEN ABA 180 17.8 2.1 5.3 .402 0.0 0.2 .143 2.1 5.1 .414 0.9 1.2 .799 0.6 1.4 2.0 3.4 0.7 0.0 1.5 1.7 5.2
2 seasons SDA ABA 105 24.7 2.9 7.2 .401 0.1 0.5 .176 2.8 6.7 .417 1.5 1.7 .869 0.6 1.6 2.2 5.3 1.1 0.0 2.2 1.7 7.4
1 season PTC ABA 18 19.7 1.9 4.6 .415 0.2 0.5 .333 1.7 4.1 .425 0.6 0.8 .786 0.7 1.1 1.8 4.1 2.1 2.1 4.6

Per 36 Minutes

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1971-72 22 TOT ABA PG 84 1778 3.5 8.8 .397 0.1 0.6 .219 3.4 8.2 .411 1.3 1.6 .813 1.2 3.0 4.2 7.6 3.1 3.8 8.5
1971-72 22 PTC ABA PG 18 354 3.5 8.3 .415 0.3 0.9 .333 3.2 7.4 .425 1.1 1.4 .786 1.3 1.9 3.3 7.5 3.9 3.8 8.3
1971-72 22 KEN ABA PG 66 1424 3.5 8.9 .393 0.1 0.6 .174 3.4 8.4 .408 1.4 1.7 .818 1.2 3.2 4.4 7.6 2.9 3.8 8.5
1972-73 23 KEN ABA PG 68 1014 4.5 11.3 .397 0.0 0.3 .000 4.5 10.9 .409 2.4 3.2 .764 1.0 2.3 3.3 6.2 2.7 3.7 11.4
1973-74 24 TOT ABA PG 72 1320 5.8 14.0 .411 0.2 0.7 .259 5.6 13.3 .420 2.2 2.6 .832 1.3 2.3 3.7 6.9 1.7 0.0 3.1 2.2 13.9
1973-74 24 KEN ABA PG 46 761 5.6 13.4 .419 0.1 0.5 .200 5.5 13.0 .427 2.1 2.6 .833 1.5 2.5 4.0 6.6 1.6 0.0 3.3 2.2 13.5
1973-74 24 SDA ABA PG 26 559 5.9 14.7 .402 0.3 1.1 .294 5.6 13.7 .410 2.2 2.6 .829 1.1 2.1 3.2 7.4 1.9 0.0 2.8 2.1 14.4
1974-75 25 SDA ABA PG 79 2036 3.7 9.3 .400 0.1 0.6 .118 3.6 8.7 .420 2.2 2.5 .880 0.9 2.4 3.3 7.8 1.6 0.0 3.4 2.6 9.7
Career ABA 303 6148 4.2 10.5 .402 0.1 0.6 .176 4.1 9.9 .416 2.0 2.4 .830 1.1 2.5 3.6 7.3 1.6 0.0 3.1 3.0 10.5
3 seasons KEN ABA 180 3199 4.3 10.7 .402 0.1 0.5 .143 4.3 10.3 .414 1.9 2.4 .799 1.2 2.8 3.9 6.9 1.6 0.0 2.9 3.4 10.6
2 seasons SDA ABA 105 2595 4.2 10.5 .401 0.1 0.7 .176 4.1 9.8 .417 2.2 2.5 .869 0.9 2.3 3.3 7.7 1.6 0.0 3.3 2.5 10.7
1 season PTC ABA 18 354 3.5 8.3 .415 0.3 0.9 .333 3.2 7.4 .425 1.1 1.4 .786 1.3 1.9 3.3 7.5 3.9 3.8 8.3

Per 100 Poss

Per possession stats available as of 1973-74 season
Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1973-74 24 TOT ABA PG 72 1320 .411 .259 .420 .832
1973-74 24 KEN ABA PG 46 761 7.3 17.3 .419 0.1 0.6 .200 7.1 16.7 .427 2.7 3.3 .833 2.0 3.2 5.2 8.5 2.1 0.1 4.3 2.9 17.4
1973-74 24 SDA ABA PG 26 559 7.2 18.0 .402 0.4 1.3 .294 6.8 16.7 .410 2.7 3.2 .829 1.3 2.5 3.9 9.0 2.3 0.0 3.4 2.5 17.5
1974-75 25 SDA ABA PG 79 2036 4.7 11.7 .400 0.1 0.8 .118 4.6 11.0 .420 2.8 3.2 .880 1.1 3.0 4.2 9.9 2.0 0.0 4.3 3.3 12.3
Career ABA 303 6148 4.7 11.7 .402 0.4 2.3 .176 15.7 37.7 .416 7.5 9.1 .830 4.1 3.0 13.8 9.9 3.4 0.0 11.9 11.6 40.1
3 seasons KEN ABA 180 3199 7.3 17.3 .402 0.4 2.6 .143 23.1 55.7 .414 10.2 12.7 .799 6.4 3.2 21.4 8.5 2.1 0.1 15.9 18.4 57.4
2 seasons SDA ABA 105 2595 5.3 13.1 .401 0.2 0.9 .176 5.1 12.2 .417 2.8 3.2 .869 1.2 2.9 4.1 9.7 2.1 0.0 4.1 3.1 13.4
1 season PTC ABA 18 354 .415 .333 .425 .786

Advanced

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G MP PER TS% eFG% FTr 3PAr ORB% DRB% TRB% AST% STL% BLK% TOV% USG% ORtg DRtg OWS DWS WS WS/48
1971-72 22 TOT ABA PG 84 1778 8.1 .444 .405 .183 .073 3.2 7.3 5.3 24.8 24.4 13.3 -0.7 2.1 1.4 .038
1971-72 22 PTC ABA PG 18 354 6.8 .465 .433 .171 .110 3.4 4.9 4.1 24.1 30.1 13.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.006
1971-72 22 KEN ABA PG 66 1424 8.4 .439 .398 .186 .065 3.1 7.9 5.6 25.0 22.9 13.4 -0.7 2.2 1.5 .050
1972-73 23 KEN ABA PG 68 1014 8.6 .449 .397 .281 .028 2.5 6.2 4.3 21.2 17.8 16.7 -0.7 1.7 1.0 .046
1973-74 24 TOT ABA PG 72 1320 13.0 .458 .418 .185 .053 3.4 6.0 4.7 24.9 2.2 0.0 16.9 19.2 97 104 0.3 1.1 1.4 .052
1973-74 24 KEN ABA PG 46 761 12.6 .463 .423 .190 .035 4.0 6.5 5.2 24.3 2.1 0.1 18.5 19.2 96 102 0.1 0.9 1.0 .062
1973-74 24 SDA ABA PG 26 559 13.4 .451 .413 .179 .074 2.7 5.4 4.0 25.8 2.3 0.0 14.8 19.1 98 108 0.2 0.2 0.5 .039
1974-75 25 SDA ABA PG 79 2036 10.1 .467 .404 .270 .065 2.3 6.5 4.4 25.9 2.0 0.0 24.6 14.7 94 110 -0.5 0.6 0.2 .004
Career ABA 303 6148 9.9 .456 .407 .227 .057 2.8 6.6 4.7 24.6 2.1 0.0 21.3 15.6 95 108 -1.6 5.6 4.0 .031
3 seasons KEN ABA 180 3199 9.5 .449 .405 .219 .044 3.1 7.0 5.1 23.6 2.1 0.1 20.0 15.8 96 102 -1.3 4.7 3.4 .051
2 seasons SDA ABA 105 2595 10.8 .463 .406 .243 .068 2.4 6.3 4.3 25.9 2.1 0.0 22.0 15.7 95 110 -0.3 0.9 0.6 .012
1 season PTC ABA 18 354 6.8 .465 .433 .171 .110 3.4 4.9 4.1 24.1 30.1 13.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.006

Playoffs Totals

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1971-72 22 KEN ABA PG 5 23 3 7 .429 0 1 .000 3 6 .500 3 3 1.000 3 3 0 0 9
1972-73 23 KEN ABA PG 19 435 33 93 .355 1 3 .333 32 90 .356 39 45 .867 9 25 34 82 33 35 106
1973-74 24 SDA ABA PG 6 152 21 48 .438 1 3 .333 20 45 .444 4 7 .571 1 8 9 26 3 1 7 6 47
Career ABA 30 610 57 148 .385 2 7 .286 55 141 .390 46 55 .836 10 33 46 111 3 1 40 41 162
2 seasons KEN ABA 24 458 36 100 .360 1 4 .250 35 96 .365 42 48 .875 9 25 37 85 33 35 115
1 season SDA ABA 6 152 21 48 .438 1 3 .333 20 45 .444 4 7 .571 1 8 9 26 3 1 7 6 47

Playoffs Per Game

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1971-72 22 KEN ABA PG 5 4.6 0.6 1.4 .429 0.0 0.2 .000 0.6 1.2 .500 0.6 0.6 1.000 0.6 0.6 0.0 0.0 1.8
1972-73 23 KEN ABA PG 19 22.9 1.7 4.9 .355 0.1 0.2 .333 1.7 4.7 .356 2.1 2.4 .867 0.5 1.3 1.8 4.3 1.7 1.8 5.6
1973-74 24 SDA ABA PG 6 25.3 3.5 8.0 .438 0.2 0.5 .333 3.3 7.5 .444 0.7 1.2 .571 0.2 1.3 1.5 4.3 0.5 0.2 1.2 1.0 7.8
Career ABA 30 20.3 1.9 4.9 .385 0.1 0.2 .286 1.8 4.7 .390 1.5 1.8 .836 0.4 1.3 1.5 3.7 0.5 0.2 1.3 1.4 5.4
2 seasons KEN ABA 24 19.1 1.5 4.2 .360 0.0 0.2 .250 1.5 4.0 .365 1.8 2.0 .875 0.5 1.3 1.5 3.5 1.4 1.5 4.8
1 season SDA ABA 6 25.3 3.5 8.0 .438 0.2 0.5 .333 3.3 7.5 .444 0.7 1.2 .571 0.2 1.3 1.5 4.3 0.5 0.2 1.2 1.0 7.8

Playoffs Per 36 Minutes

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1971-72 22 KEN ABA PG 5 23 4.7 11.0 .429 0.0 1.6 .000 4.7 9.4 .500 4.7 4.7 1.000 4.7 4.7 0.0 0.0 14.1
1972-73 23 KEN ABA PG 19 435 2.7 7.7 .355 0.1 0.2 .333 2.6 7.4 .356 3.2 3.7 .867 0.7 2.1 2.8 6.8 2.7 2.9 8.8
1973-74 24 SDA ABA PG 6 152 5.0 11.4 .438 0.2 0.7 .333 4.7 10.7 .444 0.9 1.7 .571 0.2 1.9 2.1 6.2 0.7 0.2 1.7 1.4 11.1
Career ABA 30 610 3.4 8.7 .385 0.1 0.4 .286 3.2 8.3 .390 2.7 3.2 .836 0.6 2.0 2.7 6.6 0.7 0.2 2.4 2.4 9.6
2 seasons KEN ABA 24 458 2.8 7.9 .360 0.1 0.3 .250 2.8 7.5 .365 3.3 3.8 .875 0.7 2.1 2.9 6.7 2.6 2.8 9.0
1 season SDA ABA 6 152 5.0 11.4 .438 0.2 0.7 .333 4.7 10.7 .444 0.9 1.7 .571 0.2 1.9 2.1 6.2 0.7 0.2 1.7 1.4 11.1

Playoffs Per 100 Poss

Per possession stats available as of 1973-74 season
Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1973-74 24 SDA ABA PG 6 152 6.6 15.0 .438 0.3 0.9 .333 6.2 14.0 .444 1.2 2.2 .571 0.3 2.5 2.8 8.1 0.9 0.3 2.2 1.9 14.7
Career ABA 30 610 6.6 15.0 .385 0.6 2.2 .286 17.2 44.0 .390 14.3 17.2 .836 3.1 2.5 14.3 8.1 0.9 0.3 12.5 12.8 50.5
2 seasons KEN ABA 24 458 .360 .250 .365 .875
1 season SDA ABA 6 152 6.6 15.0 .438 0.3 0.9 .333 6.2 14.0 .444 1.2 2.2 .571 0.3 2.5 2.8 8.1 0.9 0.3 2.2 1.9 14.7

Playoffs Advanced

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G MP PER TS% eFG% FTr 3PAr ORB% DRB% TRB% AST% STL% BLK% TOV% USG% ORtg DRtg OWS DWS WS WS/48
1971-72 22 KEN ABA PG 5 23 20.8 .541 .429 .429 .143 7.1 18.9 0.0 15.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 .083
1972-73 23 KEN ABA PG 19 435 9.8 .470 .360 .484 .032 3.9 24.8 22.6 14.0 0.0 0.6 0.6 .066
1973-74 24 SDA ABA PG 6 152 10.8 .460 .448 .146 .063 0.6 5.5 2.8 22.7 0.9 0.3 12.1 15.2 101 110 0.1 0.0 0.1 .038
Career ABA 30 610 10.5 .470 .392 .372 .047 0.6 5.5 3.8 24.0 0.9 0.3 18.9 14.3 101 110 0.2 0.6 0.8 .060
2 seasons KEN ABA 24 458 10.4 .475 .365 .480 .040 4.1 24.5 21.4 14.0 0.1 0.6 0.6 .067
1 season SDA ABA 6 152 10.8 .460 .448 .146 .063 0.6 5.5 2.8 22.7 0.9 0.3 12.1 15.2 101 110 0.1 0.0 0.1 .038

Similarity Scores

Explanation ▪ Players with careers of similar quality and shape (thru 2013-14)
Thru 4 Years Win Shares (Best to Worst)
Player Sim 1 2 3 4
Jimmy O'Brien 1.4 1.4 1.0 0.2
Tony Delk 83.8 1.6 1.3 0.8 0.4
Steve Harris 79.9 1.3 1.2 0.8 0.0
Sidney Lowe 79.8 1.7 1.5 0.5 0.3
Tony Smith 79.3 1.7 1.5 0.5 0.1
Juan Dixon 78.7 2.0 1.4 1.2 0.1
Avery Johnson 78.5 1.6 1.3 0.5 0.3
John Crotty 78.4 2.1 1.3 1.0 0.3
Chris Smith 78.1 1.2 1.1 0.9
Joe Hassett 77.8 2.0 1.4 0.9 0.5
Jerry Reynolds 77.1 1.6 1.3 1.0 0.9
Career Win Shares (Best to Worst)
Player Sim 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Jimmy O'Brien 1.4 1.4 1.0 0.2
Steve Henson 80.7 1.2 1.1 1.0 0.2 0.1 0.0 0.0
Sidney Lowe 79.8 1.7 1.5 0.5 0.3
Chris Smith 78.1 1.2 1.1 0.9
Kenny Higgs 76.9 2.2 1.5 1.0
Steve Harris 76.8 1.3 1.2 0.8 0.0 -0.1
Corky Devlin 76.3 1.8 1.2 0.8
Mo Layton 74.7 1.9 1.1 1.0 0.3 0.1
Sergio Rodriguez 74.3 1.7 1.2 0.9 -0.2
Steven Kramer 73.8 1.9 1.2 1.1
Richie Regan 73.8 1.6 1.5 0.4

Appearances on Leaderboards, Awards, and Honors

Games
1971-72 ABA 84 (2)
Career ABA 303 (84)

3-Pt Field Goals
Career ABA 18 (90)

3-Pt Field Goal Attempts
Career ABA 102 (77)

Assists
1971-72 ABA 373 (8)
1974-75 ABA 443 (6)
Career ABA 1244 (33)

Steals
Career ABA 152 (55)

Turnovers
Career ABA 534 (96)

Assists Per Game
1971-72 ABA 4.4 (9)
1974-75 ABA 5.6 (5)

Offensive Rebound Pct
Career ABA 2.8 (68)

Defensive Rebound Pct
Career ABA 6.6 (63)

Assist Pct
1971-72 ABA 24.8 (4)
1974-75 ABA 25.9 (3)

Steal Pct
Career ABA 2.1 (40)

Block Pct
Career ABA 0.0 (81)

Defensive Rating
Career ABA 108.1 (68)

     

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