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Roger Brown - A League of His Own

Postby giasyc94 » Tue Sep 01, 2009 1:10 pm

SI Article from March 1997 after the death of Roger Brown.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/ ... /index.htm

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Postby wojoaderge » Tue Sep 01, 2009 10:48 pm

The very last shot he took was a hesitation jumper shot under the arms of two Colonels late in the 2nd quarter of game 6 of the 1975 ABA finals. It went in, of course.
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Postby Keith Ellis » Tue Sep 01, 2009 11:18 pm

Great article, Roger. Also appreciated SI's Pacer links that came at the end of it.
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Postby Mike Goodman » Wed Sep 02, 2009 2:35 pm

I think "A league of his own" is almost invariably an exaggeration. But when I sort all of my 'top 300 statistical careers' for the % of players' minutes which were in playoffs (thus excluding less significant careers as well as those with limited playoff experience), I find that Brown is among the top 20 in the fraction of his career minutes which were in playoffs.

Further sorting just the (105) players who got at least 10% of their minutes in playoffs, in order of their career ratio of playoff/season 'T' rate (total per-minute contributions, standardized), I get the following list:
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po/rs    playoff stars     T      po%   T:po
1.103   Roger Brown       23.1   .158   25.4
1.098   Anfernee Hardaway 28.9   .101   31.7
1.098   Isiah Thomas      30.7   .106   33.7
1.096   JoJo White        24.0   .103   26.3
1.085   John Starks       24.8   .113   26.8

1.080   Jerome Kersey     24.7   .109   26.6
1.078   Robert Horry      22.1   .200   23.8
1.077   Gus Williams      29.2   .111   31.5
1.073   Cliff Hagan       29.5   .114   31.6
1.072   Hakeem Olajuwon   39.9   .115   42.8

1.056   Willie Wise       25.3   .128   26.7
1.055   Michael Jordan    44.4   .154   46.8
1.055   Reggie Miller     29.1   .100   30.6
1.051   George Mikan      42.1   .152   44.2
1.051   Dave Cowens       31.5   .113   33.1

1.050   Maurice Cheeks    25.2   .122   26.4
1.046   James Worthy      28.3   .150   29.6
1.045   Jimmy Jones       23.2   .121   24.3
1.045   Chauncey Billups  30.4   .140   31.8
1.036   Michael Cooper    20.6   .167   21.3

1.031   Ben Wallace       26.3   .127   27.1
1.030   Bill Russell      35.6   .155   36.6
1.025   Walt Frazier      31.1   .113   31.8
1.025   Rik Smits         28.9   .105   29.6
1.017   Bob Dandridge     27.4   .116   27.7

Brown's the only guy to actually surpass 10% greater playoff rates than his regular-season rates. On average, players get 5-10% less (of everything) in playoff; so relative to those around him, Rajah improved by some 15-20% in his typical playoff game.

In a normal distribution of events, of course there will be games where he's just his normal self, or less. For each such game, though, there will be a game where he's at 130-140% of his normal level. When he was an all-star, he'd turn all-league. When he was no longer an all-star, he'd morph back into one.

Most of the usual suspects are here, and a couple that may be surprises. All of Penny's playoffs coincide with his finest seasons, so he's a bit of a fluke entry. Robert Horry's 20% of minutes in playoffs is extraordinary, but Ginobili and Prince are higher (so far).
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Postby Mike Goodman » Tue Sep 15, 2009 12:25 pm

Another list, which Roger Brown leads by a country mile:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/lea ... eer_p.html

Since b-r.com now has Win Shares dating back to Pollard's time, ABA Playoff totals are in the mix:
    14.5 - Roger Brown
    11.2 - Dan Issel
    10.7 - Julius Erving
    10.7 - Mel Daniels
    10.4 - Artis Gilmore
    10.1 - Jimmy Jones
    9.2 - Freddie Lewis
    8.1 - Zelmo Beaty
    8.1 - Willie Wise
    8.0 - Louie Dampier
    7.8 - George McGinnis

That's everyone with as many as half of what Roger got. Of the 110 playoff games he was in, he's alleged to have 'won' 14 or 15 on his own efforts. At a rate some 74% above that of an 'average' contributor.
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