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Old 08-03-2011, 01:42 PM   #3
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Default Re: The NBA Statistics of the Great Vassilis Spanoulis: Europe's best player

Ok. Let's play. At least until Lakas no Links shows up. And even though Spanoulis if far from being the best player in Europe.

Let's travel the opposite way:

Gary Neal's stats in the NBA:
9.8 ppg, 1.2 apg, 2.5 rpg with a pretty decent 0.42 3p%

Gary Neal's stats in Europe:
6.4 ppg, 0.5 apg, 1.5 rpg with a so-so 0.35 3p%
7 freakin' games, 2.3 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 0.00 apg, 0.12 3p%

Serge Ibaka:
NBA: 8.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 0.2 apg
ACB: 7.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 0.2 apg

And A LONG TIME AGO, when European basketball was still a hundred miles away from NBA -not that today they are at the same height, of course, but they're definitely quite closer-:

Dominique Wilkins (does the name ring a bell)
95-96 (35-36 years old) 20.9 ppg, 7.0 playing in Greece.
96-97 (one year older) 18.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg in the NBA.
Using your logic, there was not that much of a difference between both brands of basketball back then; we could even argue that having a pretty good Nique (not prime but still good) allowed Panathinaikos to barely win Euroleague title 67-66 against Barcelona in a thriller of a final.

Does that "statistical dominiquian proof" mean anything? Hell no, the difference between NBA and Europe was abysmal back then.

So what does it mean?
It means you can't use individual stats to judge how good or how bad are two compeltely different leagues, even if it is to mock your old friend Euroleague from Arkansas.

That's all, kids.

Last edited by Catastrophique : 08-03-2011 at 01:44 PM.
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