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Race, Coaching, and Championships

Piqued by Jacob Greenberg’s post on black NBA coaches being “hired last, fired first”, I was curious on just how often NBA champions are led by black coaches. So, looking at the NBA’s 65-year history, the deck is stacked in

Posted in Race, Class, and Gender, Statistical Analyses

All-Time Minutes Leaders… 30 Years and Under

As the Spurs and Heat prepare to do battle in Game 3 of the 2014 NBA Finals, the dramatic discrepancy in age between each team’s anchor is a popular topic. You have the just entering his NBA middle age LeBron

Posted in Statistical Analyses

The 6’2″-and-Under Champions Club

Life should be grand for Chris Paul. He delivered 22.5 points, 12 assists, and 2.5 steals per game while shooting 51% FG, 75% FT, and 45.5% 3PT in the Western Conference Semi-Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder. His regular season

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Posted in Statistical Analyses

Sam Jones in the Clutch

Sam Jones’s glorious Hall of Fame career was notable for how late it started and how Jones performed late in games. To see just how great Jones was in the clutch, I went to basketball-reference.com and looked up every playoff

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Posted in Statistical Analyses

Estimating Jerry West’s Career Steals

“The league did not officially keep steals stats until the 1973-74 season – West’s final abbreviated campaign, in which he played only thirty-one games. Even in that abbreviated campaign, West registered 81 steals, a 2.6 average per game. Lakers scorekeeper

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Posted in Legends of Hardwood Paroxysm, Statistical Analyses

When All-Star Voting Goes Horribly Wrong

From Kobe Bryant to Chris Paul, Blake Griffin to Andrew Bynum, the NBA All-Star game is shaping up as an L.A. story. Two Lakers and two Clippers were voted as starters Thursday for the game, the first time in 15

Posted in Legends of Hardwood Paroxysm, Statistical Analyses

Shot Callin’, Big Ballin’: NBA Champs and their Leading Scorers

Photo by Mike Saechang via Flickr Former NBA all-star and general basketball legend Detlef Schrempf critiqued the shot selection and offensive execution of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant from their loss to the Washington Wizards (box score).  Ever curious, I

Posted in Legends of Hardwood Paroxysm, Statistical Analyses

The “Best” Draft Class Since the NBA/ABA Merger

This wonderful, glorious and super fantastic analysis was inspired, as usual, by that great water cooler in the cyber sky, Twitter. Like any enjoyable conversation, you’re not entirely sure how it got started or how you encountered the subject. Well,

Posted in Legends of Hardwood Paroxysm, Statistical Analyses

Peak Passing and Ridiculous Rebounding

In a continuing quest to see when players peak statistically, this analysis eschews scoring for the other noble hardwood pursuits of rebounding and assisting. Below are the 49 players to have averaged 6+ apg for their career and the 48

Posted in Legends of Hardwood Paroxysm, Statistical Analyses

When Do Scorers Reach Their Peak 2: Minutes Played Boogaloo

Recently, I looked at when scorers reach their peach average based on seasons and chronological age. However, the always cerebral Clint Peterson chimed in that I might want to take a gander at this same phenomena but from the perspective

Posted in Legends of Hardwood Paroxysm, Statistical Analyses
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