I errored to say that Russel had 9 rings. He had 11. It struck me to see who had the most appearances in the finals.
Players who Have Played in the Most NBA Finals
Player Finals Played Finals Won
Bill Russell 12 11
Sam Jones 11 10
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 10 6
Tom Heinsohn 9 8
Magic Johnson 9 5
LeBron James 9 3
Jerry West 9 1
John Havlicek 8 8
K.C. Jones 8 8
Tom Sanders 8 8
Frank Ramsey 8 7
Michael Cooper 8 5
Derek Fisher 8 5
Robert Horry 7 7
Bob Cousy 7 6
Kobe Bryant 7 5
Elgin Baylor 7 0
There are numerous with 6 appearances.
Michael Jordan 6 6
Shaquille O'Neal 6 4
Wilt 6 2
There's a lot of Celtics and Lakers. I would love to see that rivalry again.
Probably to keep him in a good mood....He will probably slowly get more playing later.....
The man credited with breaking professional basketball’s color barrier has died.
The University of Utah announced on Thursday that Wataru "Wat" Misaka died at 95 years old in Salt Lake City on Wednesday.
Misaka played for Utah on their 1944 NCAA championship team and 1947 NIT championship team that defeated Adolph Rupp’s Kentucky Wildcats before being selected by the New York Knicks with the 61st pick of the Basketball Association of America draft. The BAA would go on to merge with the NBA in 1949.
"We are saddened to learn of the passing of Wat Misaka," Utah athletic director Mark Harlan said in a statement. "He was a part of the Utah teams that won national championships in the 1940s, but Wat was bigger than the game of basketball, blazing trails into places nobody of his descent had gone before. He was such a kind and thoughtful man and will be missed by so many.”
Wasaka played just three games and scored seven points for the Knicks. But those three games marked the first played by a non-white player at pro basketball’s highest level.
here is an unbreakable record.
Doncic needed just 88 games to reach 2,000 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists, which is the second-fewest games in NBA history needed to reach those marks behind only Oscar Robertson's 66 games. On Sunday, Doncic recorded his second career 40-point, 10-assist game, joining LeBron James (three) as the only players with multiple such games before turning 21. That is just the beginning of what Luka has accomplished this season; Doncic is averaging a 30-point triple-double over his past 15 games, tied with Michael Jordan for the fourth-longest span in NBA history. Oscar Robertson claims the record at 454 games. No really.
I heard some of this on the radio the other day -- the one that caught my attention is that Doncic has the same number of rebounds through 88 games as Yao Ming did. That is crazy. And Oscars triple double average for what amounts to 5+ seasons is also crazy - would be curious where Michael Westbrook is on that list - seems like he has averaged a triple double for the past 2 or 3 years.
Westbrook might not get his season triple double playing with Harden. But his averages may be high enough that he could ride it out for awhile.
Tuesday night, James Harden scored 50 points. (52 if you watch the tape). In terms of raw volume, 50 points is very good. But how did he get there? Harden went 11-of-38 from the field. 32.4% across 38 attempts is very bad.Harden went 4-of-20 from deep. 20.0% across 20 attempts is very, very bad. Harden went 24-of-24 from the line. 100.0% across 24 attempts is positively unconscious.
Harden needed 38 field goal attempts and 24 free throw attempts to produce 50 points. Put that line into the TS% formula and you get this:
50/2 x (38 + .44 x 24)
Resulting in a one-game TS% of 51.5%.
Meaning: Harden was atrocious from the field, but his perfection from the line somewhat balanced it out. Not only the fact that Harden was 100.0% from the line, but it was equally important that he posted a high volume of free throw attempts.
A 51.5% TS% is still well below the current league average of 55.9%. A 58.0 TS% is very good. Anything over 60.0% is elite. Thankfully, Harden's TS% for the year is a supernatural 62.9%. Harden's 62.9 TS% is 15th in the NBA. Mo Wagner leads the league with a 70.8% TS%. But Wagner's only averaging 9.5 combined field goal and free throw attempts per game. Harden is averaging 39.7 combined attempts.
Result: Harden's going to have a bigger net positive effect on your team's bottom line.
The formula is not obvious. You would think the .44 factor would vary by player. I think that is the overall value when combing the 1,2, and 3 point shat. I would have never thought this of Harden as it seems like he is just a ball hog.
I think your last statement is the truest of all - he is a ball hog. To get 24 FT attempts in a game - logic would say he took an additional 12 shots. He does get 8 or 9 assists a game, but those seem to be the only 8 or 9 possessions a game that he doesn't hoist up a shot. And I would bet that of those 8 or 9 assists, half are just lobs when he penetrates into the lane and throws it up for Capella. Is he talented, yes. Is he fun to watch, no. Just like always, in the playoffs, the refs will start calling all his push offs and lowering of the shoulder and he won't be as effective.
In other news - I may have been to quick to judge Carmelo in Portland. He seems to be fitting in quite nicely, after watching a couple of games, their offense is tailor made for him. There is zero ball movement and it is basically all isolation, which is exactly what he wants.
If he wasn't James Harden, he wouldn't get so many free throws. I've seen many three point attempts were he lunges forward and gets a rediculous call. And of course he gets three free thow attempts from them. There is no comparison for scoring records. I think the three point shot has outlived it's usefulness. It's changed the game so much, that you have two players standing on the line each play waiting for a pass.