Rainbows 02.20.12

Unnecessary stat of the week: I saw on a tweet today, I don’t remember from whom, noting that Tim Duncan has double-doubles in nearly two thirds of his career games.  Uh, so?  There are about 15 better ways to note Duncan’s greatness.  Duncan’s career averages are for 15.5 points and 11.3 rebounds per game, so isn’t 2/3 kind of a low number?  And lastly, isn’t it time we stop pretending to be impressed by double digits in points?  There are about 270 rotation players in the NBA this season; 95 of them or more than one third average more than ten points a game.  I think it’s good to have standards, but if your standard is what separates Raymond Felton (10.1 ppg) from Emeka Okafor (9.9 ppg), then your bar is too low to consider it a mark of excellence.


I wrote this two years ago when Michael Jordan bought the Bobcats.  It seems just as urgent now.



It isn’t hard to see the cause of the Philadelphia 76ers recent struggles. After an impressive 16-6 start, the team has lost six of ten.  The culprit is the offense which hasn’t seen the century mark since January 23rd and in five of their last seven games, they haven’t even reached their season average of 94.8 ppg.  Perhaps it’s time to start giving Nicola Vucevic some of Elton Brand’s minutes.  Brand is shooting 39.5% in February and scoring only 8.8 ppg.  During that same time Vucevic is shooting 53.5% and averaging 7.7 ppg in eight minutes per game less burn.

Martin Johnson wrote a weekly NBA column for the New York Sun from 2003-’08, and for http://www.theroot.com from 2008-’10.  His sportswriting has also appeared in the NY Times, Wall St. Journal and the Atlantic Monthly.


About jmartin437

I've worked in and around the world of high end cheese for 27 years. I've been everything from a department manager who hired and fired and trained staffs to a weekend warrior who shows up ties on an apron the middle of a rush and talks to customers and cleans up the place. I enjoy it all, and I especially like my current situation conducting informal seminars about cheese at area bars and in class at the 92nd St. Y. The current schedule is always up at thejoyofcheese.blogspot.com. In addition I conduct private events that are perfect to lead off birthday parties for foodies and sommeliers and also they make great entertainment for corporate team building events and associates meetings at law firms. In addition, I've been a freelance journalist for 27 years. Currently my profiles of leading musicians and filmmakers appear in the Wall Street Journal and www.theroot.com. I also wrote about sports for the Root, and for five loooong years, which included the entirety of the Isiah Thomas Knicks era, I wrote about the NBA for the New York Sun. I enjoyed writing about basketball so much that I now do it here at rotations for free.
This entry was posted in basketball, NBA, Sports. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s