Posts Tagged ‘Chicago’

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. Read the rest of this entry »


Ben Wallace scores a career-high with… 23 points?

In Uncategorized on January 30, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Though it was in a terrible loss, Ben Wallace scored a career-high 23 points. He just barely got there, too, after taking and making a 3PT shot at the buzzer.

It’s hard to believe that Ben Wallace has never scored more than 23 points. The four-time Defensive Player of the Year has scored 20 or more points just 4 times in nearly 1,000 games.

Dennis Rodman, another prolific rebounder not known for his shooting, averaged 7.3 PPG on his career; compared to Big Ben’s 6.1 PPG. Yet Rodman managed to score 20+ points a total of 16 times in 911 career games.

The comparison of Wallace to Rodman falls apart pretty quickly. Wallace is a hugely valuable defensive asset, whereas Rodman was not as noted for his work on defense.Β Β  Rodman averaged significantly more OREB, likely accounting, to some degree, for his increased scoring. And, perhaps most notably, Wallace shoots 41.5% from the free throw line; the worst in NBA history, and 16.9% worse than Rodman’s 58.4 FT%.Β Β  Still, all these things considered, I feel my initial surprise was understandable. Few are capable of becoming well-known in today’s league despite scoring 20+ points just 4 times.

…And that leads me to the most amazing thing about all of this: Wallace has had 42 games with 20+ TRB.

He’s a different kind of special. No wonder he’s famous.

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