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, "Michael Tamada" <tamada@o...>
> the Jerome Kersey vs Bob
> Love question: lots of stats accumulated over a long but not
> outstanding career are not as good as the same quantity of stats
> accumulated over a shorter period of time.
These guys have similar career totals, it's true; and also true that
Love got most of his credentials in a 7-year span -- and outside of
that, very little.
I still feel compelled to consider per-minute rates as well as per-
game and per-season. Kersey's prime years were when he was on a
very deep and top-tier Blazers unit; while Love averaged 40+ minutes
with the Bulls, Kersey only got 32-36 minutes at best.
But the real separation between the two is in their playoff
careers. Kersey had a huge playoff portfolio.
> [..Cummings' last 8 seasons, during which he scored over 3,000 of
his career points and got over 1,900 of his career rebounds, were
marked by highs of 9.1 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game, and
1,777 minutes played in a season. He was in other words a backup
player. A nice role player, but an easily replaceable one. Which
is exactly what teams did six times during those 8 years: replace
him, as he played for 6 different teams.]
I'm not sure about using frequency of trades to determine value to a
team; I know he was always diminished by his devastating knee injury
of 1992; and always at risk for dying of the same thing that took
Since there was such a clear demarcation between his first 10 years
and the last 8, I've broken it down to see "what if" TC had retired
years Gms Min Pct. Sco. Reb Ast - Tot. POG% POG - HOF
83-00 1285 29 .515 19.3 9.3 2.2 - 30.0 .080 .99 - 6474
83-92 `829 34 .521 21.2 9.5 2.4 - 33.9 .077 1.01 - 6662
Tot. is a total (linear weights) that is of dubious value in
comparing players, but for a player relative to himself, means a lot.
POG% is the percent of minutes which are in playoff games.
POG is performance (Tot.) of PO/RS.
HOF (hall of fame points) is generated by taking the square roots of
regular season plus playoff equivalent-totals.
In this analysis, Terry Cummings had a more remarkable career if
he'd retired in 1992, rather than "hung around" for another 8
years. Such a conclusion is certainly debatable. But the reduction
in his per-minute rates is significant (as are the minutes).
[> Artis who was at worst a starting quality center, and most often
an All-star or even MVP caliber player.]
That's right. In fact, I just re-re-did a list of who should've
been MVP, and guess who tops 1978!
Walton won it, but he missed 24 games! Kareem also missed a bunch.
Gilmore's next up; but he played for a dreadful Bulls team.
I don't rate Gilmore's ABA years as highly as his best NBA years.
After 1 year of adjustment, he hit his peak and was right up there
behind Kareem (and later Moses) at his position. Not bad company.
[> you'll get no anti-Artis arguments from me as far as the Hall of
When you think about it, Fame is just that. It's hard to create
Fame for a player, 20 years after the fact.
[> Cummings on the other hand was a very good player who had a long
career. But it's supposed to be the Hall of Fame, not the Hall of
the Very Good.]
Just as guys are always booted out of any Alltime Top 50, by players
on the rise, there's some feeling that the Halls of Fame should only
hold so-many players.
Not that this is worthy of serious consideration; but if you scan
the list of members, you might find that many guys'
apparent "worthiness" is that they played 10 years. Seriously. Try
to find players from the 50s who played 10 years in the NBA who are
not in the HOF. There aren't many.