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Reggie Evans explains what it's like to be Reggie Evans.
The Nets might not be Sacramento Kings-like dumb, but when the Nets turn stupid, they usually stay stupid. When they get behind, they stay behind. At least, that’s the way it has been against the Bulls, and that’s all that matters now.
- Steve Rosenbloom, Chicago Tribune.
Wow. Mr. Steve Rosenbloom everybody!
After learning of the first-round draw of the Nets that his hometown Chicago Bulls received, Rosenbloom decided to deconstruct the series in historic, stats-free fashion. In his words, the Brooklyn Nets are "perhaps the dumbest team in the league."
I'm not exactly sure how you would quantify "stupidity" in APBRmetrics, but I wanted to see if I could help Rosenbloom in some way strengthen his assertion with some facts and figures:
| "Dumbest" NBA Teams (stats from Basketball-Reference.com)|
| ||Turnover Pct* ||Pace Factor** ||Effective Field Goal Pct.***
|Sacramento Kings ||13.4 ||93.6 ||49.1
|Chicago Bulls ||13.6 ||89.3 ||47.0
|Brooklyn Nets ||14.0 ||88.8 ||49.8
*Estimate of amount of turnovers per 100 plays.
**Amount of possessions a team gets over 48 minutes.
***Adjusts field-goal percentage for fact that three-point shot is worth more than two-point shot.
Wait a second. Not only are the "dumb" stats between Brooklyn and Chicago comparable, it looks like Chicago may actually be more "stupid" than the Sacramento Kings. The Kings are a more efficient shooting team, run faster to get more possessions and turn the ball over less than Chicago.
Oops! (Your move, Rosenbloom.)
The lesson, as always: Sticks and stones may break bones, but words will never beat good stats.