Deconstructing Kobe the Great

In Uncategorized on March 30, 2012 at 3:06 pm

In 16 seasons, Kobe Bryant has never led the league in Win Shares or Win Shares/48 Minutes. He has been the best guard in the NBA only twice. And, most damningly, he has been the best player on his team just 5 times.

This wouldn’t be a problem for one of the better players to ever play the game. However, Kobe is often perceived as one of the greatest. The biggest problem you’ll encounter when evaluating Kobe Bryant’s entire career is the amount of time you’ll be forced to spend undoing a number of perceived “truths” about him.


Kobe v. LeBron: 627 Games

In Uncategorized on June 22, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Through 8 seasons in the NBA, LeBron James has played in 627 regular season games; the exact same number of games played by Kobe Bryant in his first 9 seasons. I thought I’d match up their numbers over their first 627 games and see what sticks out. The results should exploit some similarities and differences between two superstars early in their careers; each argued at one point to have been the best in the world.

Finals Retrospective: Was It Quantitatively “Exciting”?

In Uncategorized on June 14, 2011 at 8:12 pm

I’ll spare no time in telling you what you likely already know: Dallas-Miami was one of the closest series in NBA Finals history.

Games from this past series were decided (on average) by 5.66 points; the 9th lowest point differential of any Finals series, and the lowest point differential of any NBA Finals to last exactly 6 games.