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Re: Records you won't find anywhere else

PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:10 pm
by gorba77
2011-12 New Jersey Nets had four players Williams: Deron, Jordan, Shawne and Shelden

I find 10 teams with 3 players:
1970-71 Memphis (ABA) - Jones
1971-72 Dallas (ABA) - Jones
1972-73 Dallas (ABA) - Jones
1972-73 Memphis (ABA) - Davis
1979-80 Seattle - Johnson
1988-89 San Antonio - Anderson
1990-91 Boston - Smith
1995-96 Portland - Robinson
2008-09 LAC - Davis
2015-16 Indiana - Hill

Re: Records you won't find anywhere else

PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:59 pm
by MCT
Thanks, gorba77 - that's great info!

You do need to add the 1979-80 Cleveland Cavaliers to your list - even if we're just sticking to players who actually appeared in a game, they had three players named Smith, as noted in my last post. (Including a player who was injured all season and didn't play in any games, they really had four players named Smith.)

From a quick check of each NBA team on the list, it looks like all of these teams had the three/four players in question on their rosters simultaneously for at least part of the season. I couldn't find any instances where all three/four were never actually with the team at the same time. The closest case I came across was the 1990-91 Celtics. The three Smiths were only with the team simultaneously for a period of ten days in March, and the three were never all on the active roster at the same time (during the ten-day period when all three were there, one was on the injured list).

It looks like the 1979-80 Sonics still hold the NBA record for having the highest proportion of players with the same last name. Except for the 1979-80 Cavaliers, every other NBA team on the list played at a time when active rosters were at least 12, and all (including the 1979-80 Cavaliers) used at least 15 players. The 2011-12 Nets, who had four players with the same last name, used 22.

On the ABA side, one of the teams you mentioned, the 1972-73 Dallas Chaparrals, actually had five players with the same last name, not three: Collis, Larry, Nick, Rich and Steve Jones. I don't think there were ever more than four on the team at one time, however. Collis and Rich appear to have been with the team all season. Steve started the season in Dallas, but was traded to the Carolina Cougars in November, while Larry started the season with the Utah Stars, but was traded to the Chaparrals in December. So Steve and Larry were never with the team at the same time. I can't find any transaction information on Nick, but he only appeared in three games, all in late October or early November.

Re: Records you won't find anywhere else

PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 11:28 pm
by Mike Goodman
In 1994-95, the starting frontcourt for Cleveland were named Hill, Mills, and Williams.
For Detroit, it was West, Mills, and Hill.

Tyrone, Chris, and HotRod; Mark, Terry, and Grant.

Re: Records you won't find anywhere else

PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:01 am
by MCT
For portions of the 1979-80 and 1980-81 seasons, the 76ers had a guard named Collins, and another guard named Hollins. It's a shame that they couldn't have found another guard named Rollins.

For part of the 1979-80 season, the Spurs had a forward/center named Griffin, and another forward named Kiffin.