And here are the top 20 players with the highest career postseason scoring averages, led by the GOAT, Michael Jordan. He’s the only player to post more than 30 points a playoff game, 33.45 in 179 games.
James is already at 115 postseason games played, and the way he’s been playing, who would be surprised to see him up his average over the next few seasons, at least?
Carmelo Anthony (15th) is playing at such a clip right now as well (and just won his first NBA scoring title). Expect him to rise in the rankings after this postseason.
Kobe Bryant places 10th, beaten out by Dirk Nowitzki even, but hold on – Kobe’s played 220 playoff games, almost 100 more than Dirk (and almost 50 more than Jordan). You have to account for these sorts of things.Follow @VinGetz
Thanks to basketball-reference.com.
Offense is just not the name of the game in college basketball anymore. These are some low-scoring affairs in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
So, it’s likely that tonight’s Final may produce a team that makes the second list below – lowest scores by a team in the Championship game.
As with a previous post – schools with the lowest scores in any round – this is broken up into two groupings: all-time, and since 1979 for a fairer, modern look. Those old-school teams (literally) didn’t score as much. 1978-79 was the first season when schools were seeded for the Tournament.
Some of the lowest scores were winners (noted by an asterisk).
But first, the highest single-team point totals in NCAA Tournament Finals history.Follow @VinGetz
MOST POINTS SCORED IN NCAA TOURNAMENT FINALS
|1.||1990||Nevada-Las Vegas (1)||103||Duke (3)||73|
|8.||1995||UCLA (1)||89||Arkansas (2)||78|
|8.||2000||Michigan State (1)||89||Florida (5)||76|
|8.||2009||North Carolina (1)||89||Michigan State (2)||72|
FEWEST POINTS SCORED IN NCAA TOURNAMENT FINALS (ALL TIME)
|7.||1946||North Carolina||40||Oklahoma State||43|
|9.||2011||Butler (8)||41||Connecticut (3)||53|
FEWEST POINTS SCORED IN NCAA TOURNAMENT FINALS (SINCE 1979)
|1.||2011||Butler (8)||41||Connecticut (3)||53|
|2.||1981||North Carolina (2)||50||Indiana (3)||63|
|3.||1992||Michigan (6)||51||Duke (1)||71|
|4.||2002||Indiana (5)||52||Maryland (1)||64|
|4.||1983||Houston (1)||52||North Carolina State (6)||54|
|6.||2011||Connecticut (3)*||53||Butler (8)||41|
|7.||1980||UCLA (8)||54||Louisville (2)||59|
|7.||1983||North Carolina State (6)*
|9.||2006||UCLA (2)||57||Florida (3)||73|
|10.||2010||Butler (5)||59||Duke (1)||61|
|10.||2012||Kansas (2)||59||Kentucky (1)||67|
|10.||1980||Louisville (2) *
Thanks to sports-reference.com‘s play index.
On-base percentage (OBP) has been utilized more and more over the years in evaluating a baseball player’s skill and value.
Back in the day (and we’re talking as late as the 1980s and 1990s), average, home runs and other basic statistics were the primary go-to numbers used in determining whether a player had the goods or not.
With the rise of Sabermetrics and other advanced stats, OBP, slugging percentage (SLG), on-base + slugging (OBS) and wins against replacement (WAR) have come to the forefront in player scouting.
So, what is on-base percentage?
Where average simply accounts for a player’s hits in getting on base, OBP accounts for his walks and hit-by-pitches, as well – basically any way of getting on base that either improves average or does not reduce it (as in the case of an error or fielder’s choice, for example).
Here is the math, courtesy my source, baseball-reference.com: (H + BB + HBP)/(At Bats + BB + HBP + SF)
It would make sense, then, that when one normally thinks of OBP, they may have in mind contact hitters who work the count.
How far from the truth when you look at the all-time career leaders.
Most of these guys are sluggers – led by Ted Williams himself.
Why the sluggers, though? Walks. Tons of walks. They were often pitched around.Follow @VinGetz
|16.||Shoeless Joe Jackson||.4227||L|