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Who’s Better 71-72 Lakers or 12-13 Heat?
Thursday , Mar , 28 , 2013 Andrew Flint

Who’s Better 71-72 Lakers or 12-13 Heat?

Who's better the 71-72 Lakers or the 12-13 Heat?

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: The season's not over, but comparisons have already begun. This one's a lot closer than Heat haters want to admit.

The question has been boiling to the service as the Miami Heat's winning streak kept growing. Now that it's over some comparisons are unavoidable. Both teams are clearly dominating the league, but lets go inside the numbers.

Win Streak: Lakers 33 games, Miami 27.

Overall Record: Lakers 69-13, Miami 56-15 (11 games left)

Big 3: Lakers (Chamberlain, West, Goodrich), Miami (James, Wade, Bosh).

Lead over closest team: Lakers 18 games ahead of the Warriors, Miami 11.5 ahead of the Knicks.

Points Per Game: Lakers 121, Miami 103.4.

Points Allowed Per Game: Lakers, 108.7, Miami 95.6.

Field Goal %: Lakers 49%, Miami 49.6%.

Computer Simulation: Gives the edge to the Lakers 54% of the time. (Got to love the age of computers)

Looks like the Lakers are the better team on paper. If these two squads went head-to-head it would be a match-up nightmare for both squads. Who does Miami put on Chamberlain? Who do the Lakers put on LeBron? Although both teams would put up big numbers the Lakers would eventually win. They'd dominate the boards and although Wade's quickness would offset some Laker offense, the big three of Los Angeles are more balanced in terms of skill sets. West, Goodrich, and Chamberlain are position players. LeBron, Wade, and Bosh are hybrid players that still today don't always know their roles.

Of course, all bets are off if the Heat don't win the championship at the end of the season. If we learned nothing from the New England Patriots almost undefeated season before they lost to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl, it's that great regular season count for almost nothing if you don't cap it off with a ring. 

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Top 5 NBA One On One Rivalries Of All-Time (Video)
Wednesday , Mar , 27 , 2013 Paul Eide

Top 5 NBA One On One Rivalries Of All-Time (Video)

Basketball is a team sport, but when two studs lock horns, the other players on the court recede from view.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: So many great rivalries, so little time!

 

Today, Gatorade released an ad for it's new product "Fixation",which features Kevin Durant and Dwyane Wade squaring off, each player dreaming of a different outcome when they meet one and each other on the floor.

So it got me thinking: Who are the best one on one match-ups in NBA history? 

Here are the first batlles that came to mind. 

Shaquille O'Neal vs. Hakeem Olajuwon

Their match-up in the 1995 NBA Finals has been washed asunder by the tides of history, but at the time, this may have been the best duel I have ever witness. Hakeem was paying the best basketball of his career this season (in the playoffs particularly)and maybe the best stretch for any center in NBA history. Shaq led the NBA in scoring this season (29.3 ppg) and was in the midst of establishing himself as the most physically dominant center ever. In the Finals, Hakeem averaged 32.8 ppg and Shaq scored 28.0 ppg.

Wilt Chamberlain vs Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

In the conversation about the best center of all-time, these two names are really the only two at the top of the list- it's really just a question of who is 1a and who is 1b.This excellent article breaks it down, blow by blow, and concludes that Wilt is the victor.

They played against each other 27 times, including 11 games in the playoffs of 1971 and 1972. In their first 11 meetings, Chamberlain was still able to (i.e. inclined to) score with Jabbar. In those first 11 games, Wilt averaged 22.8 ppg and 17.6 rebounds, while Kareem averaged 26.0 ppg and 15.6 rebounds.

50 ppg, 30.1 ppg over his career, 23 rebounds/game over his career, the only non-guard ever to lead the league in assists, 100 points in one game, the list goes on...Wilt was simply more dominating.

 

Kevin Durant vs. LeBron James

This is absolutely the most exciting match-up in the current NBA, with both players battling every night for supremacy. In five playoff games (last year's NBA Finals), KD outscored LBJ 30.6 ppg to 28.6 ppg. But James dominated in every other statistical category and also won the title, by a margin of 4-1. In 11 regular season match-ups it's the same story; Durant averages 29.0 to LBJ's 28.1, "Bron Bron" has the edge in rebounds, assists, steals and blocks and has won nine of the 11 games. "Durantula" has some work to do, potentially in this years NBA Finals. 

Dominique Wilkins vs. Michael Jordan

Of their era, these were the two most athletically gifted, electrifying players. WIlkins at times, looked like he almost had too much energy for his body, while MJ was always smooooooth. In 45 career games against each other, Jordan won 27 while "Nique" won 18. MJ averaged 31.6, while Wilkins poured in 29.8 as both players had almost identical stat lines. In one playoff series that the Bulls swept, Jordan averaged 34.3, 6.7 rpg, 4.3 apg to Nique's 30.0, 5.3 rpg and 3.0 apg.

Kobe Bryant vs. Michael Jordan

The significance of this rivalry isn't as much about the head to head play, though that was extremely entertaining, but about what it meant to the league- was it not old MJ versus a young version of himself? Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan played each other 8 times, four when Jordan was with the Chicago Bulls and 4 when he was with the Washington Wizards. The Lakers won 5 of those games. Across these games, Bryant scored an average of 22.8 points, while Jordan scored 24.5 points.

Oh,old man Jordan still has it.

What's your top five?

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This Day In NBA History 1973; 5 Worst Seasons In NBA History
Tuesday , Mar , 26 , 2013 Paul Eide

This Day In NBA History 1973; 5 Worst Seasons In NBA History

40 seasons ago today, the Philadelphia 76ers completed the worst season in NBA history.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Only one team in history has had a worse season.

That team was last year's incarnation of the Charlotte Bobcats.The Bobcats 7 and 59 record amounted to a .106% winning percentage, which was worse than the 1973 Sixers mark of 9-73 with a winning percentage of just .110.

1. 2011-12 Charlotte Bobcats 7-59 .106%

Injuries and a lack of overall talent killed the Bobcats last season. Michael Jordan gets a lot of the blame for the horrible results and maybe he should. Charlotte fans have become accustomed to bad basketball as the team has made the playoffs just one time in nine years.

2. 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers 9-73 .110%

The Sixers were bad for the entire season, losing their first 15 games of the year and also having a then record 20 game losing streak later in the year. Philly won 30 games the previous year and no one expected the following year to be as bad as it was- the worst in NBA history for nearly 40 years. The media dubbed the team the "Nine and 76ers", a witty reference to their inability to win games.

3. 1947-48 Providence Steam Rollers 6-42 .145%

The Steamrollers were one of the original eleven NBA franchises. The team still holds the NBA record for least games won in a season with six. That year the one record they set that wasn't embarrassing was having the oldest player in NBA history play a game for them. At age 46, Nat Hickey set the record that still stands.

4. 1992-93 Dallas Mavericks 11-71 .134%

The Mavericks Roster was almost completely devoid of talent, outside of Derek Harper and a young Jimmy Jackson. The team had to constantly tap into the CBA via the 10 day contract, which equated to a lot of minutes for journeymen like Terry Davis and Doug West. Rather than one long epic losing streak like some of the other teams on this list. The Mavs tortured fans with losing streaks of 12, 15, 8, 19. 5, 4 and 3. With the all-time losing mark on the line, the Mavs actually won their last two games.

5. 1997-98 Denver Nuggets 11-71 .134%

The Nuggets became the fourth team in NBA histroy to lose at least 70 games in a season. Denver tied the NBA record of consecutive losses at 23, a record that has since been eclipsed.

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The top 5 most popular NBA jerseys
Monday , Mar , 25 , 2013 Matt Formica

The top 5 most popular NBA jerseys

In the most recent data gathered, Lebron James topped the list of the NBA's most popular jerseys.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  Here is the list of the top 5 most popular NBA jerseys.

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Top 5 Sub Six Foot Players In NBA History
Friday , Mar , 22 , 2013 Paul Eide

Top 5 Sub Six Foot Players In NBA History

Eazy-E once said, "Bruthas my height don't fight", and, some guys his height shot jumpers and dominated the NBA.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: As Shaq famously said, "No one roots for Goliath."

People love the underdog, particularly an underdog who can hold his own and make you forget he could possibly even be regarded as such.

Muggsy Bogues, 5-3

To think a 5-3 player could even play in the NBA is amazing, but not only to play, but to be a starter and one of the most effective guards in the NBA for years. A thirteen year pro, Bogues finished in the top four or better in assists in five seasons and ranks 17th in NBA in total assists. One of the quickest NBA players ever, Bogues also finished in the top ten in steals in three separet seasons. 

Spud Webb, 5-7

After all these years of watching the highlghts, it still cracks me up to see Spud Webb's tiny body assaulting the rim the way he did in those old dunk contests, when they actually mattered. Because at 5-7 it was impresive to see him dunk, let alone throw it down with authority. But he wasn't just a dunker, Spud was a consistent scorer averaging 11.6+ppg for five straight seasons, culminating with a career high 16.0 ppg in 1991-92 and leading the league in free throw percentage in 1994-95. For his career, Webb averaged 9.9 ppg and 5.3 apg.

Calvin Murphy, 5-9

Murphy left his mark as one of the greatest shooters in NBA history, setting NBA records for consecutive free throws made and highest percentage ever at various points in his career. Even without the three-pointer for the majority of his career, Murphy averaged 30.0+ppg in all but two of his 13 NBA seasons and in seven of those seasons averaged five or more assists per game. His career free throw percentage of .892% is seventh in NBA history.

Damon Stoudamire, 5-9

Stoudamire was the quickest basketball player I have ever seen in person in my life. And to see a guy under six feet tall take over a game is a remarkable sight. The thing that offset his quickness so well, was his ability to hit the outside shot (career .35% from three), with his singular southpaw style. For being such a pure scorer, he passed the ball with equal effectiveness, averaging 6.5 apg or more in seven of his first 11 seasons and 6.1 for his career. And, the Mighty Mouse tat inspied a million imitators, inclding my friend Chase Belmont- what up playa?

Michael Adams, 5-10

Adams' career like his playing style was a blur. The perfect point guard for the high scoring Nuggets teams of the late 80's and 90's that played defense only as a way to get back on offense quicker, he led the NBA in three point attempts for four seasons in a row, also leading in three pointer made in two of those four. The true personification of a gunner, he averaged a career high 26.5 ppg in 1990-91 while also dishing out 10.5 apg. Adams could hit from anywhere and never met a shot he didn't take.

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Today In NBA History 1996: Michael Jordan Scores 24,000th Point
Tuesday , Mar , 19 , 2013 Paul Eide

Today In NBA History 1996: Michael Jordan Scores 24,000th Point

17 years ago today, MJ became just the tenth player in NBA history to eclipse the 24,000 point plateau.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Another day at the office, another milestone for Michael Jordan at that point in his career.

Who'd have thought at the time, that 17 years later to the day, he'd have a bogus paternity suit against him dropped?

Against the Philadelphia 76ers at the United Center, Jordan poured in 38 points on 15 of 32 shooting as the Bulls won 98-94. The victory pushed the Chicago's record to 58-7. The Jordan led Bulls would ultimately set an NBA precedent for greatness that year, setting the all-time single season mark for victories in a season with 72.

Prior to Jordan, only nine players in the history of the league had scored at least 24,000 points- Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, John Havlicek, Moses Malone, Jerry West, Elvin Hayes, Oscar Robertson, George Gervin and Alex English.

Before it was all said and done, Jordan scored 32,292 points and retired having scored the third most points in NBA history. In 15 professional seasons, he led the NBA in scoring 10 times, including seven years in a row and 10 times in 11 seasons (!). 

Kobe Bean Bryant is just 995 points away from tying MJ and wresting third place from his trophy case- as if Jordan even cares.

Since MJ got his 24,000th point in 1996, the accomplishment has become more commonplace. Currently, a total of 19 players (nine post-Jordan) have scored 24,000+ points, including Allen Iverson, Kobe, Karl Malone, Dirk Nowitzki, Reggie Miller, Patrick Ewing and Kevin Garnett.

Boston's Paul Pierce is just 223 points short, and former Celtic/current Heat guard Ray Allen is right behind him, just 145 points less than Pierce.

While all the other players on this list are great scorers, no one was more electrifying than Michael Jordan.

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Top 5 Irish NBA Basketball Players Ever (Video)
Sunday , Mar , 17 , 2013 Paul Eide

Top 5 Irish NBA Basketball Players Ever (Video)

In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, who are the five best Irish basketball players to suck down a green beer and play in the NBA?

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: The list is short and not great, which is what you'd expect.

The only Irish player in history born and bred in Ireland to play in the NBA was Pat Burke, a 6-11 center who spent three years with the Orlando Magic and Phoenix Suns.

5. Marty Conlon

Conlon was a 6-10 lumbering big man who specialized in...uh...being big. And Irish, in that order. In nine NBA seasons he played for eight teams, including the Boston Celtics who has a franchise, have always had an affinity for large, slow, white men (Brian Sclabrine types). Conlon also had an extremely weird form when shooting free throws.

4. Chris Mullin

Without a doubt, the best Irish shooter in NBA history was Chris Mullin. Not only that, but he was probably the best pure scorer as well. "Mullie" averaged 25+ ppg in five straight seasons from '88-'89 to '92-'93. Check out these highlights from when he went head to head with the greatest non-irish basketball player of all-time, Michael Jordan:

3. Kevin McHale

 McHale averaged 17.9 ppg and 7.3 rpg in a 13 year career where he never scored less than 10.0 ppg in any season. The king of the up and under move in and around the basket, on either side of the Atlantic.

2. Jermaine O'Neal

O'Neal has made the 12th most money of any NBA player ever in terms of NBA salary, raking in $165,441,840 during his pro career. That's not exactly a "small potato". Nor does it have an "e" at the end, as former Vice President of the USA Dan Quayle suggested to a Trenton, NJ sixth grader William Figueroa on June 15th, 1992.

1. Shaquille O'Neal

The Irish may not have produced a lot of NBA talent, but financially, the two O'Neal's are set for life. Combine Jermaine's $165,441,840 with Shaq's $292,198,327 (second most in NBA history behind only Kevin Garnett) and you've got $457,640,167 million, which is actually about $100 million less than what Lord of the Dance stud dancer Michael Flatley has made in his career,and I don't think he can dunk. Even if you don't think Shaq is the best Irish basketball player of all-time, he is at least the best Irish center ever. 

 

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Top 5 Longest Winning Streaks In NBA History
Saturday , Mar , 09 , 2013 Paul Eide

Top 5 Longest Winning Streaks In NBA History

LeBron and the Heat have won 17 in a row, but they've got their work cut out if they want to break this record.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: The Heat are currently tied for the 12th longest winning streak in NBA history.

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Top 5 NBA Brawls Of All-Time (Video)
Saturday , Mar , 02 , 2013 Paul Eide

Top 5 NBA Brawls Of All-Time (Video)

The NBA has a long history of tussles between players.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Basketball players are generally terrible fighters, with a few notable exceptions on the list below.

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Top Five 6 Foot 1 And Under Dunkers In NBA History (Video)
Wednesday , Feb , 27 , 2013 Paul Eide

Top Five 6 Foot 1 And Under Dunkers In NBA History (Video)

Great dunks come in all shapes and sizes, but something about a six-footer stuffing on a big man really does it for me.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: I made the list and I still can't decide who my favorite is.

Rajon Rondo

Is there any other player as sneaky good as Rondo? His freakishly long arms allow him to be good at everything, not the least of which is is ability to cram it down your pie hole. Known "just" as a great assist man, Rondo's dunk highlight real is pretty insane.

Allen Iverson

Iverson was such an amazing all around scorer, the ability to score via dunk, and his leaping ability, is somewhat overlooked. Especially younger AI, who took the league by storm with dunks like this one:

His ability to dunk with two hands from a complete standstill is ridiculous. When he came into the league, shook Jordan, went off in Madison Square Garden, there was no better player in the league, no jersey that more people wanted to own.

Nate Robinson

Couldn't omit the three time dunk champion from this list. At 5-9, he has the full repertoire of dunks usually reserved for someone over 6-4.

Kevin Johnson

Has there ever been a better dunk by a little guy on a big man, in NBA History than his dunk over Hakeem Olajuwon? Well, maybe the second video posted below over Mark Eaton, fresh off of his appearance as Jeremy Evans' prop in the dunk contest a few weeks ago.

Spud Webb

Spud is known for winning the 1986 dunk contest in Dallas when no one expected it. But what is really amazing, is how this 5-7 guard used the dunk as a weapon during NBA games. He could do some amazing trick dunks in contests, but he was a threat to dunk anytime he had the ball and used that skill, and his quickness, to open up his jump shot, which was better than he gets credit for.

Honorable Mention

Robert Pack

Pack was a guy who had too much energy for his body. The minute he got the ball and attacked the basket, he went into "Turbo" mode like in NBA Jam. Maybe the most explosive "short" dunker ever? He dunked over big men constantly, like a hapless Shelton Jones at the 0:41 mark.We can only hope that heaven consists of an endless loop of Robert Pack dunks. It would all be worth it.

Isiah Thomas

You probably forgot about "Zeke" and his crazy hops, and even what a great pro he was in light of the myriad bad decisions he's made as a coach, front office man, CBA owner and as a human being around chicks in the office. But Thomas could leap for a smaller guard. Check out the two-handed stuff on a break against the Knicks at the end of this highlight reel:

Chris Paul

LOB City QB can throw it down just when you decide to sleep on him.

Who did I miss? Who do YOU think is the best?

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Today In NBA History 1977: “Pistol” Pete Scores Career High 68
Monday , Feb , 25 , 2013 Paul Eide

Today In NBA History 1977: “Pistol” Pete Scores Career High 68

36 years ago today, "Pistol" Pete Maravich had the most productive scoring performance of his NBA career.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Maravich's mark on the game is still felt today.

Against the New York Knicks, Maravich made 26 field goals and 16 of 19 free throws to total 68 points in a 124-107 victory. Only five players have ever scored more than 68 points in a game.

Maravich's career game came in the middle of a season where he would lead the league in scoring, averaging 31.1 ppg. In addition to the scoring, he averaged 5.4 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game while shooting 83% from the free throw line. In that same year he lead the league in minutes, and had one of the most productive individual seasons in NBA history, even to this day.

Known as a scorer, Maravich was equally adept at passing, averaging 5.4 assists per game in his career. But perhaps his greatest contribution came in the realm of imagination, making passes and scoring baskets in ways people had never seen, never even conceived to that point. Maravich saw the game in a completely different way than anyone else ever had and because of it, the overall game, and league, evolved.

During Maravich's 10 year career, the three pointer was only instituted in three of them, his final three years in the league. In those three years, he shot an astounding 66% from deep, connecting on 10 of 15 career attempts. His career 24.2 ppg average would've been at least a couple points higher had he played a little later, but either way his scoring prowess was only one part of an overall game that was skilled in all facets.

But numbers alone don't do him justice. His contributions to the game in terms of ball handling and court awareness rival what legendary Bob Cousy did for his era.

Maravich died way too young, at the age of 40 playing pick-up basketball in a gym at a church. He literally dedicated his life to basketball.

RIP "Pistol" Pete Maravich.

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Chris Paul Talks To HoopsVibe About Trade Rumors, Championships, and Gregg Popovich.
Friday , Feb , 22 , 2013 Basketball John

Chris Paul Talks To HoopsVibe About Trade Rumors, Championships, and Gregg Popovich.

Chris Paul chats with HoopsVibe after practice about trade rumors, championships, and Gregg Popovich.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: When CP3 answers a question you should pay attention.

Chris Paul talks candidly about what is next for the Los Angeles Clippers and CP3. Humble as always, Paul deflects any individual accolades and instead focuses on the task ahead. Now that the Clippers are finally healthy with Chauncey Billups back, could they be a championship team? They've beaten the Spurs 2 out of 3 games this season and are looking to make the leap to the next level. 

Fresh off his MVP performance at All Star Weekend, Paul remains calm, confident, and focused when looking ahead. He knows there is a lot of basketball left in the season and that the Clippers have a long way to go. He also doesn't pay much attention to any of the trade rumors surrounding the Clippers. These include rumors that Boston Celtic big-man Kevin Garnett could be coming to LA or that fellow point guard Eric Bledsoe may be headed out of town.

CP3 remains positive about the chemistry on his team and their outlook for the second half of the season.

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Phil Jackson talks Lakers, Dwight Howard and Homeland
Thursday , Feb , 21 , 2013 Matt Formica

Phil Jackson talks Lakers, Dwight Howard and Homeland

In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, Phil Jackson opened up about everything from the game of basketball, his favorite tv shows, his future, and the current state of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  When the Zenmaster speaks, people listen.

Jackson has been relatively quiet with the media since Jim Buss and the organization made the decision to pass on him and hire Mike D'Antoni as their new head coach.  But he had a lot to say to SI's Jack McCallum earlier this week, including; addressing what the Lakers have been doing wrong with superstar big man Dwight Howard.

"They don't put the ball in the post," Jackson said.  "They'll use a screen-roll to get the guy in the post.  But there's no consistent plan to do it.  Yes, Kobe will go in there.  But Dwight just doesn't get any touches.  They've basically eliminated his assets."

But as much as Jackson admitted that the Lakers have been under-utilizing Howard, he also mentioned that Dwight hasn't fully recovered from his back injury and needs to improve in certain areas on his own.

"He is not where he needs to be physically because of the back surgery," the Zenmaster said of Howard.  "He needs a year to recover from something like that ... He's a terrific athlete ... but his problem right now is turnovers.  He's got to have a little better recognition, and that will help him gain the confidence of his teammates and coach, which he does not have now."

I'm sure Mike D'Antoni shook his head a little bit reading those words.

Jackson, who has 11 championship rings as a coach and two as a player, wasn't just critical of the purple and gold in the interview.  When asked whether the Lakers have been improving, Jackson sounded hopeful saying, "Yes, I think they are finding a way to play.  And that's nice to see."

McCallum's interview with Jackson was very well done as he asked the Hall of Famer a lot of things many of us have been waiting to hear.  Jackson told SI that he enjoys watching sports on TV, even rugby (which he watched last weekend), and that Homeland is something he watches with fiance Jeannie Buss, daughter of the late Lakers owner Jim Buss, who passed away on Monday.  (Due to the fact that the interview was conducted before Buss' death, McCallum and Jackson didn't speak about the legendary owner.)

As far as returning to the game of basketball, which is a question on many of our minds, Jackson said "I'm not coaching" but did say that he was open to a different role, such as Vice President of basketball operations. 

When McCallum commented that Vice President "doesn't sound like a boss" Phil replied, ... "No, that guy would be the boss."

But what did Jackson say he misses the most about coaching?  It's what he calls, in true Zenmaster form, the "spiritual quest."

"Forming a brotherhood and trying to move it forward.  That's the part I miss."

 

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Top Ten Purest Three Point Shooters EVER
Wednesday , Feb , 20 , 2013 Paul Eide

Top Ten Purest Three Point Shooters EVER

After Kyrie Irving's victory in the three-point shootout this past weekend, my creative three-point juices got flowing- all over my computer.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Another motivating factor for this article was Jason Kidd, who has amazingly made the third most three-point shots in NBA history.

I love J Kidd, but to me, he is the antithesis of a “pure shooter”, a guy that came out of the womb knocking shit down. Kidd refined his skill to the point where he somehow gets it done but early in his career he struggled with hitting the three.

So, in the context of the three pointer, who do you immediately think of when you hear the term “pure shooter”? Here are ten guys that came to mind immediately, in no particular order:

Reggie Miller- Miller was the ultimate three point shooting villain. A notorious trash talker for years, maybe the best in the NBA during his playing career, Miller’s style and ability to shoot the three were established before a nationwide audience during his 25 point fourth quarter (primarily on three’s)versus the Knicks in Game 5 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals, maybe the single greatest shooting performance ever. A year later in the playoffs, again against the Knicks in Madison Square Garden in game one of the semifinals, he scored 8 points in 8.9 seconds, including back to back three’s, to win the game. Miller led the NBA in three point makes twice and was the all-time NBA leader until Ray Allen broke his record this season. For his career he hit .395% of his three point attempts.

Larry Bird- You could write an entire article about how great “Larry Legend” was beyond the three point arc. The winner of the first three NBA three point contests, Bird probably could have won it again if he wanted to. Maybe the greatest all around shooter in NBA history, it’s interesting to note that Bird attempted roughly only one three pointer a game in his first five seasons, making just .284% in that span. In his defense, the utilization of the three pointer was still in its infancy league wide. But over the next seven seasons Larry hit .398% of his attempts and led the league in three’s made in 85-86 and 86-87, popularizing it as a weapon in the process. His career three point percentage was .376%

Mark Price- Price gets most of his recognition for his prowess as the greatest free throw shooter of all-time, leading the league in percentage three separate seasons and carrying a ridiculous .904 average for his career which is the all-time high. Price won the three point contest two times and retired with a career average of .402%. He was the second player in NBA history to shoot at least 40% on three’s, at least 50% from the field and at least 90% from the free throw line in one season, following Larry Bird. His best season shooting three’s percentage wise came in 87-88 when he hit a ridiculous .486% from deep.

Steve Kerr- Was there ever a more one dimensional player who completely maxed out his potential thanks to being in the right place at the right time so frequently? On the court, he always found a way to get open looks and for his career converted the best percentage from deep in NBA history at .454%. He deftly maneuvered himself between teams as easily as he found open shots, joining the Spurs for their 1999 championship after winning three consecutive with the Bulls, becoming the only player to win four consecutive titles that wasn’t a Celtic in NBA history.  His .524 percentage in 94-95 is the single season NBA record.

Steve Nash- Nash is such a consistent shooter you almost take him for granted. Prior to last season he’d hit at least .405 of his three pointers in 11 straight seasons and has done so 13 times in 15 years. He’s never led the league in percentages or threes made or attempted in a season but his .429% iseighth best in NBA history. In 05-06, Nash became the fourth player in NBA history to shoot 50% or better from the field, 40% from three-point range, and 90% from the line. Larry Bird, Mark Price and Reggie Miller are the only other players to do it.

Dale Ellis- Ellis’s line drive three point shot was singular and distinct, making the fifth most three pointers in NBA history but was second upon his retirement. His .464% in 97-98 led the league. His career single season high percentage was .478% during the 88-89 season which was second best in the league that year even though he took and made the second most threes in the league. His .403% average from downtown for his career is 24th in NBA history.  

Glen Rice- Rice led the league in three point percentage in 96-97 by hitting .470% of his attempts, also the year he took the most per game in his career (5.6). Rice won the three point shootout in 1995. From 94-95 to 97-98 Rice hit .434% of his attempts from beyond the arc, which was also the four highest scoring years of his career. In 15 seasons, Rice hit exactly .40% of his three point shots and made the eighth most three point shots in history.

Ray Allen- Is Ray Allen getting better with age? In the same year he became the NBA’s all-time leader in three pointers made, Allen compiled the most efficient three point shooting year of his career, hitting a career high 44% and averaging over two makes per game. He led the league in three point makes in back to back years (01-02 and 02-03) and led in makes and attempts in the 05-06 season. For his career he has hit .399% of his shots from downtown.

Dennis Scott- “3D” capitalized on the closer three point line more than any shooter at the time, setting an NBA record for three pointers made in a season with 267 in 95-96. A career .397% shooter on three’s, he took almost eight three’s per game in 95-96, making 3.3 and hitting .425% of the time. From 92-93 to 96-97, he took 5.7 per game and made .409% of them. Scoot also set the then NBA record for threes in a game with 11, since broken by Kobe.

Chuck Person- “The Rifleman” had the coolest nickname for a three point shooter ever, no doubt. And, it perfectly summarized the way he would hoist three’s in a seemingly endless fashion from all over the floor, with unlimited range. Person and Larry Bird had a classic battle in the 1991 playoffs that is worth Googling, exchanging deep threes and big shots as if no one else was on the floor. A career .362% three point shooter his best season from beyond the arc came when he shot the most, in 95-96 with 5.8 attempts per game, making 2.4 and hitting at a 41% clip.

Who else did we forget?

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Today In NBA History 1995-96: Barkley, Olajuwon Pull Down 10,000th Rebounds
Tuesday , Feb , 19 , 2013 Paul Eide

Today In NBA History 1995-96: Barkley, Olajuwon Pull Down 10,000th Rebounds

17 and 18 years ago today, Charles Barkley and Hakeem Olajuwon joined the exclusive 10,000 rebound club.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Weren't those Rockets uniforms terrible at that time?

The only thing worse was the huge rocket they had at half court, that covered literally, about  half of the court.

Barkley's 10,000th rebound came during his last season in Phoenix in the first quarter of a victory over the Grizzlies on February 19th, 1996. Having already scored 20,000 points in his career, he became just the 10th NBA player to accumulate 20,000 points and 10,000 rebounds. Barkley finished his career with the 18th most rebounds in NBA history, with 12,546. Amazingly for his career, Barkley never averaged less than double digit rebounds per season, ever. He truly was "The Round Mound Of Rebound." Throw in his assist totals and Barkley is one of just four players with 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists, with Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone being the other three.

Olajuwon finished 11th all-time with a total of 13,748. He accomplished the feat a year earlier, during a nine rebound performance over the Knicks on February 19th, 1995 and it made him the ninth player in NBA history to crack the 20,000 point/10,000 rebound plateau.

In all the years of NBA action, only 16 players have collected 20,000 points and 10,000 rebounds (active players in bold):

 

  1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - 38,387 points & 17,440 rebounds
  2. Karl Malone - 36,928 points & 14,698 rebounds
  3. Wilt Chamberlain - 31,419 points & 23,924 rebounds
  4. Shaquille O'Neal - 28,255 points & 12,921 rebounds
  5. Moses Malone - 27,409 points & 16,212 rebounds
  6. Elvin Hayes - 27,313 points & 16,279 rebounds
  7. Hakeem Olajuwon - 26,946 points & 13,748 rebounds
  8. Patrick Ewing - 24,815 points & 11,607 rebounds
  9. Charles Barkley - 23,757 points & 12,546 rebounds
  10. Robert Parish - 23,334 points & 14,715 rebounds
  11. Elgin Baylor - 23,149 points & 11,463 rebounds
  12. Kevin Garnett - 22,267 points & 12,188 rebounds
  13. Walt Bellamy - 20,941 points & 14,241 rebounds
  14. Bob Pettit - 20,880 points & 12,849 rebounds
  15. David Robinson - 20,790 points & 10,497 rebounds
  16. Tim Duncan - 20,641 points & 11,335 rebounds

Chuck and Hakeem joined some esteemed company 17 and 18 years ago today.

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Top 5 Three-Point Shootouts Ever
Saturday , Feb , 16 , 2013 Paul Eide

Top 5 Three-Point Shootouts Ever

Before tonight's latest installment of the Three-Point Shootout, let's reflect on the five best contests in history.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: If there is anything we've learned, anybody can win, regardless of reputation entering the contest.

Before we get to the list, a quick factoid. Do you know who has the lowest score in contest history? Amazingly, Michael Jordan with five points in 1990. Wowza.

1986- Larry Bird

The first contest ever was basically the beginning of Bird asserting himself as the most successful and entertaining of any three-point contestant ever. Bird made a then-competition record of 11 straight shots. When he won the contest and received his over-sized check, Bird quipped, "That check has had my name on it for a week now." He dominated eventual three time champion Craig Hodges in the final round 22-12 and set the standard for what was expected in ensuing competitions.

1991- Craig Hodges

This contest was arguably the deepest ever, right there with the 1995 version. The field consisted of champ Hodges, Drazen Petrovic (RIP), Dell Curry, Jeff Hornacek, Mitch Richmond, John Stockton, Craig Ehlo and Jim Les. In this contest, Hodges set the all time record for consecutive shots made with nineteen, and looked like a completely unstoppable robot, IE like the T-1000 in the original Terminator.

1988- Larry Bird

Bird only had seven pints with 25 seconds left with two racks remaining but would rebound to win making the final shot and generating the signature image of him extending his index finger as the final, event winning ball went through the net.  Bird beat Dale Ellis 17-15 in the final round and created an indelible image in the process. Poor Dale Ellis. He competed in each of the first three contests and could never beat Bird, who won all three of them.But don't feel too bad for Dale, he eventually won the contest in 1989.

2002/2003- Peja Stojakovic

Peja's two wins were in back to back years, both ending in overtime. both times victorious over Wesley Person, younger bro of "The Rifelman" and fellow three-point alum Chuck Person. In 2002, Peja and Person outlasted Steve Nash in the Finals, tying at 20 before Person lost in the finals en route to Stojakovic's first title. The following year, they tied again in the finals after beating Brent Berry. Stojakovic  would win that math-up as well, winning his second consecutive title. And the fans won by getting to watch an entire extra round of shots being hoisted up.

2007- Jason Kapono

Kapono gets no respect for his back to back titles, because his shot wasn't particularly pleasing to the eye and he was a journeyman as a player. But in 2007 he locked horns with Jason Terry for one of the most exciting competitions in history. Terry fought his way into the finals by winning a shootout with Mike Miller, then tied with Kapono in the Finals to earn an extra session. Both players were hot from start to finish and it was fun to watch. The tiebreaker didn't disappoint either, with Kapono besting Terry 24-19.

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Today In NBA History 1995: Miami Heat Sweep Dunk Contest, Three Point Shootout
Tuesday , Feb , 12 , 2013 Paul Eide

Today In NBA History 1995: Miami Heat Sweep Dunk Contest, Three Point Shootout

18 years ago tonight, the Miami Heat dominated NBA All-Star Saturday Night.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: That Saturday night became the turning point for the franchise.

In the first seven years of the Heat's existence, the franchise had one .500+ season and two first round playoff losses to its credit. Rony Seikaly was the face of the franchise and it wasn't cool to like them, unless you appreciated Jon Sundvold's touch from deep (led the league in three point percentage in 1988-89) or Sherman Douglas' propensity to shoot first, which was pretty rare for a PG at the time. 

Then, the 1995 NBA All-Star game happened in Phoenix. Sharpshooting forward Glen Rice won the three-point shootout and "Baby Jordan" Harold Miner demolished his foes in the Slam Dunk Contest. Suddenly, it was cool to wear a Heat uniform.

Rice's three-point victory is perhaps most impressive and I would argue the field he beat is perhaps the best combination of shooters ever assembled in the history of the contest. There were three-point shooters of all shapes and varieties, all kinds of specialties. Just look at this list- Steve Kerr, Nick Anderson, Dana Barros, Dan Majerle, Scott Burrell, "The Rifleman" Chuck Person, even Reggie Miller.

But Glen Rice was not intimidated. At that time he was already the all-time leading scorer in Heat history. Ultimately, Rice would best Miller in the finals.

The dunk contest was equally exciting with Harold Miner winning his second dunk championship in three years. While the lineup of dunkers wasn't as impressive as the three-point contest (Tim Perry, Antonio Harvey, Jamie Watson, Tony Dumas) the "main event" between Miner and defending champ Isaiah "JR" Rider was what everyone wanted to see.

When the dust settled, Rice and Miner were champs and it really legitimized the Heat as an NBA franchise, no longer just a red-headed step child of expansion. From that weekend on, the Heat signed Pat Riley as head coach and made the playoffs the next six seasons.

If it wasn't for that All-Star Saturday Night 18 years ago, the Heat wouldn't be the franchise they are today. 

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HoopsVibe Talks Basketball At The Grammys
Monday , Feb , 11 , 2013 Basketball John

HoopsVibe Talks Basketball At The Grammys

HoopsVibe talks Los Angeles bball with some of the hottest bands before the Grammys. 

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: There is a sports fanatic in every band and we got the interviews to prove it.

In every band there is at least one guy who is a sports nut. Well, in the bands we talked to there was usually more than one. Getting ready for the 55th annual Grammys brings some of the biggest celebs to Los Angeles and HoopsVibe had a chance to catch up with some of our favorites to talk about where music and basketball collide. It also never hurts to find out who these guys are pulling for too.

 

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Top 5 Scorers To Never Lead NBA In Scoring
Sunday , Feb , 10 , 2013 Paul Eide

Top 5 Scorers To Never Lead NBA In Scoring

For as great as these players were at scoring, they never led the league in per game average at any time in their career.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: The players on this list are surprising.

 

5. David Thompson

One of the games early high flyers, Thompson could really fill it up. In his lone ABA season he averaged 26.0 ppg (third best) before moving to the NBA and averaging 25.9 in 1976-77 (fourth most) and 27.1 in 1977-78 (second most).

4. Carmelo Anthony

With a 2012-13 average of 28.7, Anthony is currently second in the league in scoring behind Kevin Durant by a mere .4 points per game. Anthony has been one of the most consistent scorers in the league since he was drafted nine years ago. Melo's his career average is 24.9 and he has finished second in scoring once with 28.9 in 2006-07 and third in 2009-10.

3. Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk and his gaudy 22.7 career average has never been higher in a single season than it was in 2005-06 when he scored 26.6 a game, but that was only seventh best in the league.  He has finished in fourth a couple of times, but other than that, he has never finished higher that sixth in any single season, which is also where he ranks amongst current players in terms of highest ppg.

2. Karl Malone

If he wanted to lead the league in scoring, Malone picked the wrong time to be a productive scorer. The Mailman finished second an amazing five times, third three times, fourth twice and fifth three times. All of those were over a span of 13 consecutive years. His career average of 25.0 is 12th best in NBA history.

1. Elgin Baylor

Even though Baylor is fourth all-time in per game scoring average (27.3) he never lead the league in scoring. He finished second in scoring two separate times (both behind Wilt Chamberlain) with impressive averages of 34.8 in 1960-61 and 34.0 in 1962-63. He also finished third twice and fourth four separate times. For as prolific as Baylor was in all aspects of the game (13.5 rpg, 4.3 apg), his scoring production is incredible.

 

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