66Re: Assist Anomaly of 1956-57
- Apr 11, 2001--- In APBR_analysis@y..., msg_53@h... wrote:
> Something I have noticed in the compiling of stats: the NBA'56
> experienced a sharp reduction in assisted field goals between the
> and '57 seasons. My question is, did the league feel they had beenWell, I frankly looked and couldn't find an obvious rule change that
> awarding assists too liberally, and suddenly tighten the
> interpretation of what constitutes an assist? or, did teams
year and I couldn't find anyone who knew of a scoring change. The
NBA Encyclopedia seems to point out the presence of Russell being
important all of a sudden -- noting that it completely decimated the
career of Neil Johnston (though the stats aren't convincing).
Shooting percentages came down in '57. FT% did go up, though. FTA
went up, FGA went up, Reb went up. Every team but St Louis had their
team FG% go down. Boston's FG% went down. I'm wondering if teams
started running more to avoid the Bill Russell type of shot blocker.
It was only the 3rd season of the clock -- I wonder if this is some
> Consequently, I ascribe about half of the 56/57 assist anomalyto
> personnel disruption, and the other half to some reinterpretationof
> the rules.Seems fair.
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