This past Wednesday, I was finally able to get back out to play basketball for the first time since February. Oliver has not been the most cooperative baby, especially compared to Emma. We decided to give it a test to see if I could get out for a few hours. Emma is on and off with whether or not she is going to require to be attached to me to sleep, so really it was a flip of a coin. Thankfully everybody stayed asleep for the time that I was out.
This was also the first time that I got to play at Hershey Sportzone. It is a huge complex with multiple basketball courts, as well as indoor soccer fields. It is a really nice facility. It also happens to be the practice facility for the Raptors 905 G-League team. That means NBA 3-point lines. The longer line has really cut down on the number of bad threes at the run. Although there were a ton of airballs for those that did attempt. I went 4-6 from distance, but it’s going to take time to get the rest of my game back. I turned if over a lot. Much better than playing on the crappy courts outside though.
With the rise of advanced analytics there have been a vast increase in ways to look at the game. Smart teams are taking these into account, and you can see the most successful teams are increasingly looking for things that matter.
The whole Billy Beane Moneyball philosophy was to look at the data, and not just for players that “look the part”. However, we are still stuck in the mindset that there are only two things that matter when determining who the best players in basketball are:
How good is the player at ISO scoring
How many raw box score counting stats can they acquire each game
Take NBA basketball.
– one referee (2 instead of 3)
+ every single charge/block is a charge so everybody is sliding under everybody to try to draw them
+ 1500% more game stoppages
+ 1500% more fouls
+ letting people sit in the key cuz zone
– offensive talent
– offensive scheme
College ball has been hard to watch for a while now. There is so much holding and grabbing, and teams just aren’t very good on offense. Golden State routinely puts up more points in a quarter in a half than most college teams do in an entire game. I suppose people will blame the one and dones, and that is a whole other argument, but the game is pretty much unwatchable.
So 2017 is the year a guy that average 2.2 pts in college says he could beat who most call the greatest player of all time one on one in his prime. And how his son is already better than the two time reigning unanimous MVP who put up the greatest offensive season in NBA history.
On a side note, people get caught up too much in highlight clips and not actual statistics. Yeah Lonzo attempts step back threes like Steph, and he hit that game winner and everybody saw the clip. But dude shot 36% from three as a senior, 30% at adidas Nations, and 34% away from UCLA when they aren’t using Wilson basketballs. The Wilson ball is about as far away as you can get from an NBA ball. And we are comparing him to the greatest three point shooter of all time. Okay.