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Re: New Project by Thinking Basketball: Greatest Peaks of All-Time
« Reply #15 on: September 30, 2020, 08:54:13 PM »

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I want to hear the argument for Peak Wilt not being in the top seven.
this was to be my point.

in 1961-62 wilt averaged 50.4 points and 24.7 rebounds per game while playing 48.5 minutes a game. :o

i am curious who beats that.

Thinking Basketball usually normalizes player stats to be per 75 possessions. If I recall correctly, there were almost twice as many possessions per game in the 60s as there are today as well as more misses per game.

Not twice as many possessions.  Closer to 20% more.  Teams averaged just over 100 possessions per 48 minutes in 2020; in 1963 it was around 119 possessions per 48.

It does inflate the stats in comparative terms.  At the same time, imagine the conditioning he had, playing 48 minutes every night at a 25% faster pace than today.
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Re: New Project by Thinking Basketball: Greatest Peaks of All-Time
« Reply #16 on: October 01, 2020, 07:17:52 AM »

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I want to hear the argument for Peak Wilt not being in the top seven.
this was to be my point.

in 1961-62 wilt averaged 50.4 points and 24.7 rebounds per game while playing 48.5 minutes a game. :o

i am curious who beats that.
https://backpicks.com/2017/12/11/the-backpicks-goat-the-40-best-careers-in-nba-history/

Re: New Project by Thinking Basketball: Greatest Peaks of All-Time
« Reply #17 on: October 01, 2020, 07:18:19 AM »

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I want to hear the argument for Peak Wilt not being in the top seven.
this was to be my point.

in 1961-62 wilt averaged 50.4 points and 24.7 rebounds per game while playing 48.5 minutes a game. :o

i am curious who beats that.

Thinking Basketball usually normalizes player stats to be per 75 possessions. If I recall correctly, there were almost twice as many possessions per game in the 60s as there are today as well as more misses per game.

Not twice as many possessions.  Closer to 20% more.  Teams averaged just over 100 possessions per 48 minutes in 2020; in 1963 it was around 119 possessions per 48.

It does inflate the stats in comparative terms.  At the same time, imagine the conditioning he had, playing 48 minutes every night at a 25% faster pace than today.
You can read the argument here, Roy.

https://backpicks.com/2017/12/11/the-backpicks-goat-the-40-best-careers-in-nba-history/