Category Archives: Basketball

Today’s Sports Stat: July 5, 2018

Barring a total collapse in the 2018-19 NBA season, the San Antonio Spurs will end this decade as the NBA’s winningest team in the 2010’s. The Spurs have won 511 games this decade (2009-10 season to 2017-18 season), 45 more victories than the team second on this list, the Oklahoma City Thunder, with 466.

Considering that Golden State and Cleveland played for the NBA title in the last four seasons, it’s a testament to the Spurs’ consistency this decade that they will be known as the NBA’s best team of the 2010’s. The Spurs appeared in the NBA Finals twice this decade (2013 and 2014).

Following are the number of victories each of the 30 NBA teams had the past nine seasons this decade (teams are listed by their current franchise city).

San Antonio, 511

Oklahoma City, 466… Golden State, 448… Miami, 441… Houston, 435… Los Angeles Clippers, 416… Boston, 407… Chicago, 406

Portland, 398… Memphis, 395… Atlanta, 394… Indiana, 389… Dallas, 387… Denver, 383… Toronto, 382… Utah, 373… Cleveland, 369… Los Angeles Lakers, 326… Milwaukee, 325… New Orleans, 322… Washington, 321… New York Knicks, 307… Phoenix, 307… Orlando, 305… Charlotte, 302

Detroit, 292… Philadelphia, 264… Brooklyn, 258… Minnesota, 252… Sacramento, 248.

 

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Today’s Sports Stat: June 18, 2018

“And with the 17th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, the Milwaukee Bucks select…”

Will NBA Commissioner Adam Silver make this statement this coming Thursday at the NBA Draft or will the Bucks trade that pick? And, if they keep the 17th pick, who will they choose?

Let’s take a look at the Bucks history in the draft and a little history with players who were chosen with the 17th pick. Here’s “10 Things You May Not Know About the Bucks Draft History.”

  1. There have been nine players originally drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks who went on to play 800 of more career games in the league: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1560), Dirk Nowitzki (1471), Alex English (1193), Alton Lister (953), Stephon Marbury (846), Eric Snow (846), Bobby Dandridge (839), Julius Erving (836) and Fred Roberts (818).
  2. Of the 263 players drafted by the Bucks in their history, 37 (14%) played 500 or more career games in the NBA.
  3. Since 2000, seven players drafted by the Bucks have a career points per game average of six points or less: Jimmer Fredette (6.0), Jason Collier (5.6), Thon Maker (4.4), Joe Alexander (4.2), Marcus Haislip (3.5), Rashad Vaughn (3.0), D.J. Wilson (1.0).
  4. Since 2000, the Bucks second round selection has more career points than the Bucks first round selection from nine of those 19 seasons.
  5. Thirty-two Bucks draft picks have amassed 5,000 or more career points; 12 of those 32 were not selected in the first round.
  6. The Bucks have previously selected a player with the 17th pick four times: Bob Greacen in 1969, Collis Jones in 1971, Rashad Vaughn in 2015 and D.J. Wilson last season. Greacen tallied 111 career points in 43 career games; Jones never played a game in the league; Vaughn played in 139 games scoring 423 points; Wilson had 21 points in 22 games last season.
  7. The 17th pick in the draft with the most career games is Don Nelson with 1053 career games. The 17th pick with the highest career points per game is Richie Guerin (17.3). The 17th pick with the highest career rebounds per game is Shawn Kemp (8.4). The 17th pick with the highest career assists per game is Jrue Holiday (6.3).
  8. Four first-round picks by the Milwaukee Bucks ended up playing less than 100 career games in the NBA: Gary Freeman (selected in 1970, 52 career games); Joe Alexander (selected in 2008, 67 career games); Marcus Haislip (selected in 2002, 89 career games); and Russ Lee (selected in 1972, 97 career games).
  9. Eleven players originally drafted by the Bucks have gone on to score 10,000 or more points in the league: Jabbar, Nowitzki, English, Erving, Marbury, Dandridge, Glenn Robinson, Marques Johnson, Michael Redd, Sidney Moncrief and Vin Baker. Nowitzki, Erving and Marbury never suited up for the Bucks; English played only two seasons with the team; Baker played four seasons with the Bucks. The rest: Jabbar (6 seasons with the Bucks), Johnson (7), Robinson (8), Dandridge (9), Moncrief (10), Redd (11).
  10. Of the 60 players drafted in the 2017 Draft, 31 ended up playing in 40 or more games last season; 29 played in less than 40. Only 10 of the 60 averaged 10 or more points for the season… only seven averaged five or more rebounds per games for the campaign… and only three averaged four or more assists per game in the 2017-18 season.

 

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Today’s Sports Stat: June 4, 2018

For only the 13th time in NBA history, the Finals series does not feature a team that was ranked/seeded #1 when the playoffs began. The Cavs were the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, while the Warriors were the #2 seed in the Western Conference.

The last time a #1 seed did not appear in the NBA Finals was 2012 when the second-seeded Miami Heat faced off against the second-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder. The last time two #1 seeds squared off in the finals was in 2016 when the Cavs and Warriors played for the title, the second of their four match-ups.

Here’s a look at the 13 times when no #1 seed played in the NBA Finals.

2018: Golden State (#2) vs. Cleveland (#4)
2012: Miami (#2) vs. Oklahoma City (#2)
2011: Dallas (#3) vs. Miami (#2)
2007: San Antonio (#3) vs. Cleveland (#2)
2006: Miami (#2) vs. Dallas (#4)
2005: Sam Antonio (#2) vs. Detroit (#2)
2004: Detroit (#3) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (#2)
1994: Houston (#2) vs. New York Knicks (#2)
1978: Washington (#3) vs. Seattle (#4)
1973: New York Knicks (#2) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (#2)
1968: Boston (#2) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (#2)
1952: Minneapolis Lakers (#2) vs. New York Knicks (#3)
1951: Rochester (#2) vs. New York Knicks (#3)

This is the fourth straight year that Cleveland and Golden State have faced each other in the NBA Finals. Based on that, you would think that the Cavs and Warriors would have the two best regular season records in the NBA in the last four years. WRONG! The Warriors have the best regular season record in the league in the past four seasons, 265-63 (.808). But the Cavs have the fifth-best regular season record in the league since the 2014-15 season, 211-117 (.643). Do you know which three teams have a better regular season record than the Cavs over the past four seasons?

Following are the five teams with the best regular season win-loss records in the past four seasons.

Golden State          265-63   .808
San Antonio           230-98   .701
Houston                  217-111 .662
Toronto                   215-113 .655
Cleveland               211-117 .643

The Los Angeles Clippers are the only other team to have a winning percentage over .600 in the past four seasons, 202-126 (.616). The worst record in the NBA over the past four years? The Lakers… 99-229 (.302).

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Today’s Sports Stat: June 2, 2018

LeBron James put on another historic performance in Game One of the NBA Finals, but not all the news was positive.

First, James became the sixth player in NBA history to score 50 or more points in a playoff game yet his team lost that game. The others: Michael Jordan (it happened to him twice), Ray Allen, Kobe Bryant, Billy Cunningham and Russell Westbrook.

LeBron’s 51 points now ties him for second (with Allen and Westbrook) on the list for most points scored in a playoff game by a player whose team lost. Jordan tops that list with a 63-point performance in a 1986 playoff game against Boston that the Celtics won.

James became the first player in NBA Finals history to score 50 or more points in a Finals series game that his team lost. Teams that had a player score 50 or more points in a Finals game had gone 3-0 before James’ 2018 Finals Game One; teams are now 27-19 in playoff games when they have a player who scored 40 or more points.

If we combine both regular season and playoff contests, James became the ninth player in NBA history to have scored 50 or more points in three or more games that his team lost. As you might expect, Jordan tops this list with 10 such games.

Here are the players who have the most games with 50 or more points (regular season and playoff) where their team was defeated in that contest.

10: Michael Jordan

8: Kobe Bryant

7: Wilt Chamberlain

5: Allen Iverson

4: Bernard King

3: LeBron James, Bob McAdoo, Russell Westbrook, Dominique Wilkins

 

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Today’s Sports Stat: May 27, 2018

With their Game Six win over Houston, the Golden State Warriors forced a Game Seven in the Western Conference Finals. By doing so, for the first time in almost 40 years we have both conference finals series going to a decisive Game Seven.

The last time both conference finals series went to a seventh game was in 1979 when the Seattle Supersonics beat the Phoenix Suns in Game Seven to advance to the ’79 NBA Finals and the Washington Bullets won Game Seven over the San Antonio Spurs to reach the finals that same year. The only other time both conference finals went to a seventh game was in 1963.

For the Celtics and Rockets this year, they have history on their side when it comes to conference finals Game Seven; the home team has won Game Seven of the conference finals 26 of the 33 times. The good news for the Warriors and Cavs is that there have been seven times when an away team has won Game Seven of conference finals. Those seven times:

1968: Boston
1971: Baltimore
1973: New York Knicks
1976 Phoenix
1982: Philadelphia
2002: Los Angeles Lakers
2005: Detroit

As you might expect, the Boston Celtics have had the most Game Seven wins in the conference finals (also called the division finals at one time). The Celts have won seven Game Sevens in conference/division finals. The Lakers are second in this category with five such wins.

On the flip side, the Indiana Pacers have lost the most conference/division finals Game Sevens with four. They are followed by the Celtics, Philadelphia76ers and St. Louis Hawks with three each.

One final stat: The 33 teams that have won a conference/division finals by winning Game Seven have only gone on to win the NBA Finals that year 16 times. Fatigue factor?

 

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