Pig Miller wrote:sports stats are useless? so when there's a technical free throw, why not just draw a number to see who goes to shoot it?
well, it's cause nash is a better shooter than dwight as the FT % stat shows.
hey, look, we found a use for a stat!
You'll find there's a sub-set of posters on here who "Dont believe in stats".
Obviously they can't account for everything, but they are useful in that they are recordings of events that actually occurred and cant be disputed. Sports are so emotional its nice to have something more concrete to help balance out what your eyes are tell you you're seeing.
As the duly appointed spokesperson of the "sub set" I have this response to both of the above posts.....
Trying to infer Howard's touches, as recorded by that stat, is fairly useless on the face of it. Teammates, game situations and opponents played all factor into who gets the ball and when.... I posted examples above.... just using something that happened in total and running it through a factor to include the two players involved in a transaction that took 2 seconds of game time seems to me to be pretty useless.
Change the teammates and system and it's all out the window as being something one could compare from one season to another.
Put Howard in the Triangle and his touches would go down even more. A ball sharing system like that dictates that everyone touches the ball..... Put him in a traditional pick and roll offense with a guy like Nelson and guess what?... it would go up.
We don't have the same teammates.... we don't run the same system..... so how could this stat be used to evaluate anything other than the fact two different situations are in fact....... different.
As for the FT stat..... if the coach and players don't know who is the best free throw shooter on a team..... well I don't even need to finish that one do I?