Gilbert Central, Item No. 3: The 125 Percent Man
Well, these 60-point games will get the number-crunchers talking.
SI.com gives us a list of all the 60-point games in NBA history. You'll note that, of 57 such games, Wilt had 32 of them. The only other players with more than one 60-point game are M.J. (four times), Elgin Baylor (thrice) and Kobe (twice).
The NBA's version of the list makes you realize that, after the 60-point threshold was reached just five times in the '90s, it's been reached three times in the last year: Kobe, Kobe and Gil. All three of those guys were at Staples yesterday, and two of them acted obnoxiously.
But this all made me think of a friend, who said over the weekend that this Wizards team was extremely predictable. If Gil scores the ball, they win. If he doesn't, they lose. I wanted to see if that was true.
What follows is a list of the scoring averages for the team's eight regulars in wins, and in losses. Of the regulars, only Antonio Daniels averages more ppg in losses than in wins. Measured as a percentage, Gil's ppg does indeed vary more with wins and losses than any regular; he scores 125 percent of his average in wins, and 72.7 percent of his average in losses. Interestingly, Gil's assists and rebounds per game are nearly identical in wins and losses. Here were the other indicators I found that differed most dramatically with the team's success: Antonio Daniels's assists per game (123.6 percent of his average in wins, 75.2 percent in losses) and Brendan Haywood's minutes per game (120.2 percent in of his average in wins, 77.6 percent in losses). Put Brendan In! Put Brendan In! Brendan's agent, you can pay me later.
These are listed in order of the percentage difference between wins and losses. So I guess this list is in order of importance:
Gilbert: 36.8 ppg in wins, 21.4 ppg in losses.
Brendan Haywood: 6.7 in wins, 4.5 in losses
DeShawn Stevenson: 11.1 in wins, 7.7 in losses
Antawn Jamison: 21.1 in wins, 16.0 in losses
Jarvis Hayes: 6.1 in wins, 5.0 in losses
Etan Thomas: 7.4 in wins, 6.7 in losses
Caron Butler: 19.1 in wins, 19.0 in losses
Antonio Daniels: 6.4 in wins, 8.4 in losses
(Note: The thing about Haywood's minutes is not, perhaps, entirely ridiculous. If you look at 82games.com, you'll note that the Wizards' two best five-man lineups have both included Haywood.
December 18, 2006; 12:41 PM ET
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