With the NBA's 2013-14 regular-season schedule coming to a close, that can only mean one thing—debate season is just around the corner.
From award chatter to playoff matchups, there are so many intriguing storylines worth following. By the way, there are none that anyone knows an answer to, regardless of how convincing the argument may sound.
There's a season's worth of objective data to be subjectively interpreted, most of which can be molded as needed to reinforce someone's prior beliefs. That's what makes sports debates so much fun: Stats aren't always a part of the equation.
Amid the chaos, though, clarity is needed. Conclusions need to be reached and not ones that force us to think too hard.
Enter statistical races. From scoring titles to assist crowns, these awards are handed down fingerprint-free. These are purely performance-based, achievements that can't be diminished by passionate debaters or stat-bending talking heads.
It's just all about the numbers. These are the players with the best of them. There's no arguing that.