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Statistics Never Lie, Right?
by Just Jeff
It is said that statistics never lie, because of their mathematical exactitude.
However, it is also said that past performance is not a predictor of the future.
Nevertheless, when it comes to sports, statistics are often used to predict future outcomes. They are precise indicators of a team's or an individual's past performance. Coaches look at a player's past performance to see where he or she might fit in the teams latest configuration.
In the NBA, where the starting team is comprised of only five players and the entire team is never more than 15 players, a statistical analysis of past performance can be an excellent tool to use to comprise a team strategy for scoring and defense.
Important basketball statistics are average points scored per game, rebounds per game, assists per game, field goal shooting percentage, free throw shooting per centage, 3 point field goal shooting percentage, turnovers, blocked shots and minutes played. These are compiled and anlayzed on an individual and on a team basis.
As we await the start of the 2013-2014 NBA season, it is a good time to look at the statistics from the 2012-2013 NBA season, so we know who and what to look out for in the upcoming season. There are always the intangible factors to consider, such as team chemistry and individual injuries, not to mention coaching changes and schedule problems, but statistics generally tell the biggest story.
Random Notes 2013-2014 Season:
1. James Harden. There is already a lot of talk that James Harden, Houston Rockets shooting guard, is going to win the MVP Award this season. The season has not opened yet and he has not played a second of a game with newly acquired center Dwight Howard. Isn't this talk of Harden winning the MVP award just a little bit premature?2. Houston Rockets. There is already talk that they have a good chance to win the NBA West title, or finish at least fourth in their bracket.
Lakers Update 2013
By Just Jeff
Prospects for the Los Angles Lakers in the 2013-14 baketball season do not look bright.
After the debacle of the 2012-13 season, in which the Lakers wandered through a rocky regular season and lost in the second round of the playoffs, things only got worse.
It was revealed that Kobe Bryant's salary, which he will continue to receive while he recovers from a torn achilles tendon for the first half of the season, will place the Lakers so far over the salary cap that it will cost them over $100 million and a chance at acquiring quality free agents. They need free agents.
The Lakers did their best to persuade All-Star Center Dwight Howard to remain with the team for at least one more season. Eventually, however, after about a week or two of negotiations, they let him go to the Houston Rockets. Apparently, Howard's demands were too lofty. He wanted the Lakers to let Kobe Bryant go, or at least quiet him down, and he also demanded the firing of Laker head coach Mike D'Antoni.
Although Kobe is in the twilight of his fabled career, the Lakers opted to stand by their future hall of famer, who has done so much for the franchise, including spear heading five (5) championships. They also chose to stick with D'Antoni and his favorite point guard, Steve Nash, to see if they can renew some of the old magic, and victories, they teamed up for in Phoenix with the Suns.
Howard wound up in Houston, where the offense is similar to the one run by D'Antoni. But with Jeremy Lin and James Harden at the guard positions and Howard at center, and not much else, the Rockets will likely be easy opponents for most teams in the upcoming season, unless the all-important chemistry works out for them (could it be any worse than the chemistry Dwight Howard had with the Lakers?).So what do the Lakers look like in the upcoming season? Well, we already
With the passing of Dr. Jerry Buss on Monday night, one can only reflect favorably and marvel in hindsight upon how this real-estate businessman transformed the Los Angeles Lakers into one of the largest sports brands in the world over the course of 30 years.
Dr. Jerry Buss, Long-Time Owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, Died Monday at Age 80.
In the 31 years prior to Dr. Buss acquiring the franchise (along with the NHL’s Kings and The Forum) in 1979 for what was then a record-setting amount of $20 million, the Lakers enjoyed 6 NBA titles and a win percentage of 57.2%. Under his leadership in the 34 years since, Los Angeles has celebrated 10 Lakers championships and enjoyed a 65.9% winning clip with great players like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gaaol and champion coaches Pat Riley and Phil Jackson.Apart from artfully delegating authority, Dr. Buss brought Showtime to Los Angeles. While Jerry West was plucking the on-court parts for Showtime to become reality –
The 2012-2013 Lakers have added 2 time NBA MVP Steve Nash and All-Star Center Dwight Howard to their already formidable roster of great players.
Kobe Bryant Pau Gasol Dwight Howard
Steve Nash Metta World Peace Jodie Meeks
LOS ANGELES LAKERS: 5/2 ODDS
The Los Angeles Lakers are widely considered the winners of the 2012 NBA offseason, and as a result, they bring a new starting lineup and championship aspirations into the 2012-13 season.
With their new Big Four - Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard and Steve Nash - the Lakers are going to be very good; this we all know. But the question is, will they have the chemistry to be the best starting five of any contender?
Update: As it turns out, the new look Lakers did not win an exhbition game and halfway through the regular season they have a subpar record of 18-23, which puts them 10th in the West and out of the playoff picture for the first time in years. In their defense, they have been plagued by injuries to Howard, Nash, Gasol and several key reserves all season long. But this team lacks what all great successful teams needs - chemistry.
Nevertheless, at this writing, the Lakers have won four straight behind leading scorer and all-time great Kobe Bryant, who, instead of trying to score 30 points a game, is now in the facilitator role, the role which won him his only MVP award and a fifth NBA championship four years ago. In his last four games he is averaging 14 points and 13 assists (all time assist average high for him), thereby getting his teammates involved in the offense and making them all more active on defense.
The Miami Heat with LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh should still be the favorites out East. The Oklahoma City Thunder with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka will still be favored by some out West, and even the San Antonio Spurs refuse to go away despite their aging stars Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobli.
Update: Those three teams are in fact leading in their respective divisions as predicted.
These squads—and a few more— like the talented Boston Celtics and the raging Chicago Bulls, are worthy of title consideration, but the question must be asked, which team has the best starting unit?
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