David Kahn

Every Friday for the remainder of the NBA playoffs, I’m going to collect numbers that I think you might find interesting and post them without commentary. Inspired by the monthly “Harper’s Index” that Harper’s Magazine has published since 1984, these posts will hopefully enlighten, surprise, entertain and occasionally inflame you. When deemed necessary, I’ll include links to the source material. Note: One of the stats in each post will be made up — click on the source links to discover which one is fake.

- Number of games in which a player scored 48 points or more in a playoff game since 1991: 21 1

- Number of field goal attempts it took Dirk Nowitzki to score 48 points on May 17, 2011: 15

- Number of field goal attempts it took Dirk Nowitzki to score 50 points on June 1, 2006: 26 2

- Third-fewest number of field goal attempts it took a player (Kobe Bryant) to score 48 or more points in a playoff game in past 20 years: 27 3

- Number of players to score 40 or more points in 15 or fewer field goal attempts in a playoff game since 1991: 2 4

- Number of field goal attempts it took Willie Burton to score 53 points on December 13, 1994: 19 5

- Number of free throws Dirk Nowitzki made without missing one on May 17, 2011: 24

- Number of free throws Shaquille O’Neal missed on June 9, 2000: 21 6

- Hard team salary cap amount proposed by NBA owners according to an April 26 memo issued by the NBA Players Association: $45 million 7

- Approximate combined salary currently projected for Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol for the 2012-2013 season: $49.7 million 8

- Approximate total team payroll without options currently projected for the Sacramento Kings for the 2012-2013 season: $6.9 million 9

- Consecutive games that Nick Collison has finished with a plus-minus above zero and the combined plus-minus for those games: 6, +84

- Number of times the Orlando Magic have qualified for the NBA Draft Lottery since the NBA instituted its weighted lottery system in 1990: 9

- Number of times the Orlando Magic have been awarded the first overall pick since 1990: 3

- Number of times the Minnesota Timberwolves have qualified for the Draft Lottery since 1990: 14

- Number of times the Minnesota Timberwolves have been awarded first overall pick since 1990: 0

- Out of three teams that won the draft lottery since 1990 with less than a five percent probability of winning, number of teams that made the Conference Finals within three seasons: 3 10

- Likelihood that Minnesota Timberwolves General Manager David Kahn will assign an orphaned gray wolf cub with no sense of smell as his team’s 2012 Draft Lottery representative, as a percentage: 83 11

Sources

1. Basketball-Reference.com; 2. Basketball-Reference.com; 3. Basketball-Reference.com; 4. Basketball-Reference.com; 5. Basketball-Reference.com; 6. Basketball-Reference.com; 7. SportingNews.com; 8. ShamSports.com; 9. ShamSports.com; 10. Wikipedia; 11. I made that one up.

Comments (5)

  1. “Number of players to score 48 or more points in a playoff game since 1991: 21″

    That is the number of >= 48 point games. Distinct players total is 9.

  2. Wait a minute. We do all know that +/- is a joke stat (without adding in other statistics to correct for teammates on the floor) don’t we?

    Still, Nick Collison love is always welcome.

  3. Joetothemo: Good looking out. I fixed the syntax in that stat description.

  4. Not sure where to put this but Macho Man died today :(

    Tas’ impression will forever be remembered.

  5. Plus/Minus is not a good stat for individual players. A 5-man plus/minus stat would be better (e.g. you count the p/m as a group, not per player).

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