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Beijing 2008 Olympic Men Basketball More Statistics

While it’s too difficult to find raw statistics for all players in Olympic Basketball Games in Beijing it’s even harder if you are interested in something more than that. So… All numbers below are per 36 minutes.

GS stands for Game Score where the formula is PTS + 0.4 * FG – 0.7 * FGA – 0.4*(FTA – FT) + 0.7 * ORB + 0.3 * DRB + STL + 0.7 * AST + 0.7 * BLK – 0.4 * PF – TOV while WS stands for Win Score which is calculated PTS + STL + ORB + 0.5*DRB + 0.5*AST + 0.5*BLK – TOV – FGA –0.5*FTA – 0.5*PF.

Table is sorted by a team and then by average minutes played.
For comparison you can also check similar statistics for London Games in 2012.
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Posted by on September 22, 2012 in Fringe Stats

 

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Olympic Basketball Men Raw Statistics London 2012

Olympic Men’s Basketball Tournament in London 2012 is in the books for over a month and yet for some strange reason statistics for all players are still difficult to find. Official Page for US Basketball is fine if you look for one particular team or just leaders. The same is true for Official Site of London Games and Official FIBA Page is divided into many categories which make it difficult to see players’ entire stat-line. Even always reliable sports-reference.com dropped a ball here so I guess it’s up to me now ;-)

I collected boxscores for all games from ESPN and simply added them together for the following results…
Table is sorted by a team and then by total minutes played. You can also check those Olympic statistics per minute or compare them to Raw Statistics from Beijing in 2008.
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Posted by on September 18, 2012 in Fringe Stats

 

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How Aggregate NBA Stats Change Through Season?

Getting me interested in any random NBA statistic is easier than convincing a baby to eat some candies… and that’s exactly how this post started. Andres Alvarez made a following note on Wages of Wins Journal:

I would love to see a chart of how stats on aggregate look if we chart them over a season.

And I was hooked…
Especially when we often hear/read that “shooting picks up as season goes on” or anything similar.
Is it true? How various statistics do change through a course of a season?

To investigate I used box scores from ESPN.com and one line for each team named “TOTALS” for every game in the last 3 regular seasons. Then I divided season into 7-day sections but not by a date but literally by “days of games in a row” so first seven were Week1, another 7 days were Week2 etc (this way All-Star weekend and any random breaks didn’t affect sample size of each week, outside of last and week all have 92+ teams’ lines). Finally I calculated averages for each category and here are some results [keep in mind that in each graph seasons are marked with the same colour so red is 2008-09, green is 2009/10 and blue means 2010-11]:
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Posted by on January 12, 2012 in Expanding Horizons

 

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The Most Unique Feats in Week 2 of NBA 2011/12

You could be surprised how often rare stat-lines occur in the NBA and it’s a series designed to celebrate that fact. The rules are simple: it has to be something that happened less than 26 times during last 26 regular seasons [total of 58.686 team's box scores]. Incidentally it’s a tribute to Basketball-Reference.com for great tools and an emphasis how badly underused is enormous database owned by Elias Sports Bureau.

I wrote about Week 1 here so it’s time for a second edition of Casually Unique.
It also will be the last one [more on that at the bottom].
Presenting special events in chronological order of days…

January 2, 2012

Ben Wallace flashed his unique skill-set

He collected 5 steals and scored 0 points in less than 20 minutes
which happened only 4 times in the last 26 regular seasons.
Reportedly he is going to retire after this season but he still got his instincts… at least in short stints ;-)

In the same game…

Dwight Howard catched a stealing fever with usual offensive fireworks

He scored 19 points even though he missed over 60% of his free throws but he stole ball 5 times.
Such combo happened in 13 games in the last 25 years.
How fitting that both aforementioned players won multiple awards for their defense…

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January 3, 2012

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Posted by on January 8, 2012 in Casually Unique

 

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The Most Unique Feats in Week 1 of NBA 2011/12

You could be surprised how often rare stat-lines occur in the NBA and it’s a series designed to celebrate that fact. The rules are simple: it has to be something that happened less than 26 times during last 26 regular seasons [total of 58.686 team's boxscores]. Incidentally it’s a tribute to Basketball-Reference.com for great tools and an emphasis how badly underused is enormous database owned by Elias Sports Bureau.

I covered the opening day so technically it won’t be a week 1 but next 7 days… but still it should be fun ;-)
In chronological order of days…

December 26, 2011

Ed Davis made a very efficient case for more playing time

He made all 7 of his field goal attempts and collected 7 rebounds in only 18 minutes
which happened for the second time since 1986.
It’s early but for me he seems to be a strong contender to join this year’s strangest rotation decisions list.

Boris Diaw had an unusual near triple-double

He finished with 11 Rebounds, 9 Points and 9 Assists which has only been matched 4 times.
In a related note Bobcats may be the best test case in a while for a measure of replacement level in the NBA standings. They look just terrible and I’m not sure that good NBDL team couldn’t be better.

Pacers won a game by 12 points against Pistons despite terrible shooting

They hit less than 37% of shots from the field and they shot worse from the line by 5%
which happened 6 times in the last 25 years.
I’m not sure that lockout should be blamed but there seems to be a lot of funky shooting games.
I may have to explore this topic later.

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December 27, 2011

Zaza Pachulia destroyed Nets’ bench contributing to a blowout win

His stat line of FG% >= 0.625, 8 Offensive Rebounds and 13 Points in 21 Minutes
was a 3rd time it happened in the last 26 regular seasons.
Although I think it tells us way more about Nets’ roster than Zaza’s superpowers ;-)

Mario Chalmers again joined a group with the most unique boxscore feats

He became the first player since 1986 to collect 6 turnovers and 5 Steals in less than 20 Minutes Played!
Also he became the first player to show up in both of my unique posts for a current season ;-) But more importantly thanks to him and Cole Heat’s point guard situation looks much better than last year, doesn’t it?

Kevin Love flashed his unique abilities

He had 19 Free Throws Made and 20 Total Rebounds which never happened in used timeframe!
Most top rebounders can’t shoot free throws and most top free throw shooters can’t grab 20 rebounds… and he did it in a single game!

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December 28, 2011

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Posted by on January 2, 2012 in Casually Unique

 

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What was Unique on Opening Day of NBA Season?

You could be surprised how often unique stat-lines occur in the NBA and it’s a series designed to celebrate that fact. The rules are simple: it has to be something that happened less than 26 times during last 26 regular seasons [for a total of 58.686 team's boxscores]. Incidentally it’s a tribute to Basketball-Reference.com for great tools and an emphasis how badly underused is enormous database owned by Elias Sports Bureau.

NBA games are back!
Which means Casually Unique series can not only live again thanks to new batch of numbers every day but it can also thrive from constant stream of sneaky uniqueness.

There will be some changes to the format though, I’ll post it only once per week [Sunday or Monday] with some kind of “best of the week” theme and the rest unique stat-lines I’ll just tweet @Exploring_NBA.
Also I’ll try to include more rare individual accomplishments and personal gems.

But back to the point…
What was Unique on the Opening Day of 2011/12 NBA Season?

Rajon Rondo reminded everyone why he shouldn’t be traded cheaply

He finished with 31 Points, 13 Assists and 5 Steals which happened only 16 times in the last 25 years.
Unsurprisingly Doc Rivers really liked that performance

“This is the Rondo we want,” Rivers said after the game. “This is what we talked about last year. Getting to the free-throw line. Taking the shots when they’re open. I thought he was the aggressor in the game. I don’t know if [he] can do that every night, but overall, that’s the Rondo that we want. It was terrific.”

Shouldn’t they like Rondo also in the offseason? ;-)

Tyson Chandler had a really weird debut for NY Knicks

His stat line of 3 Rebounds and 6 Blocks in 36 Minutes Played has only been matched 8 times.
It was also his career low for rebounds in games in which he played so many minutes!
But hey, they won a game so clearly it means he is a winner ;-)

Mario Chalmers contributed to Heat’s convincing win in a sneaky way

He had 4 Steals, 4 Assists and only 1 Field Goal Attempt which happened only 14 times since 1985-86.
Interestingly only 3 of those games were losses so such small contribution shouldn’t be overlooked?

Ryan Anderson shined in extended minutes

Finally unleashed! He collected 25 Points, 10 Rebounds, 2 Steals, 6 3-Pt Field Goals and made all of his Free Throws which happened only 11 times in available database. He was also the youngest of the aforementioned group which is just another remainder that Glen Davis’ contract can’t be a good move…

Even though Thunder started very well their quest for championship…

Kevin Durant had a career-low in one category

He shot 6/11 from the free throw line which became his worst percentage with so many attempts.
For a career 88% shooter that was an unique way to start a season, no?

Fans watching this game witnessed another shooting extreme… but surprisingly Redick’s stat-line of zero field goals made and a perfect accuracy from the free throw line on 8 attempts wasn’t as unique as you might have expected: it happened 38 times in the last 26 RS with maximum of 15 points scored that way.

Finally…

The most unique stat-line of the opening day… DeAndre Jordan delivered greatness on one end of the court and the opposite on the other end

He blocked 8 shots… and hit below 35% of his 12 free throws… which never happened in used timeframe!
Congratulations!
Judging by his career statistics – FT=41,2% and 2,4 blocks per 36 minutes we could see it again soon ;-)

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2011 in Casually Unique

 

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The Best Game Stat Lines in the Last 20 NBA Seasons

After I wrote about worst single game stat lines out of curiosity and almost morally I had to check the other side: The Best Single Performance Box Score Stats in the Last 20 NBA Seasons.

Once again I used my old tool for searching through player’s game logs [over 8100 of them] from
Yahoo [Last 5 seasons] and basketballreference.com [previous 15 seasons] and two measures:
Game Score where the formula is PTS + 0.4 * FG – 0.7 * FGA – 0.4*(FTA – FT) + 0.7 * ORB + 0.3 * DRB + STL + 0.7 * AST + 0.7 * BLK – 0.4 * PF – TOV and Win Score which is calculated by the following equation: PTS + REB + STL + 1/2*BLK + 1/2*AST – FGA – 1/2*FTA – TO – 1/2*PF.

So who had The Best Stat Line in the Last 20 Regular Seasons?
Here’s a Top 25 for Single Game Stats according to Game Score
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Posted by on July 1, 2011 in Expanding Horizons

 

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