Stephen Jackson, how do you rate on the Horry Scale?

by Micah Hart

So far this season, it seems like GWBBs come in fits and starts. There won’t be one for weeks at a time, then there will be two or three in a matter of days. Thursday night it was Arron Afflalo’s turn in the spotlight. Saturday night, it was Stephen Jackson who added his name to the growing list of players who are finding themselves Horry Scale worthy this season.

Once again, the Horry scale examines a shot  in the categories of difficulty, game situation (was the team tied or behind at the time), importance (playoff game or garden-variety Clippers-Nets game), and celebration, and give it an overall grade on a scale of 1-5 Robert Horrys.

How did Cap’n Jack do? Let’s take a look:


Man — that was a tough shot. With the Hawks’ Maurice Evans draped all over him and Al Horford closing in as well, Jackson takes one dribble to his right and hits the fadeaway from just inside the three-point line. Jackson had plenty of time to set up what he wanted to do, and chose arguably the most difficult option short of bouncing it off of Evans’ head, but kudos to the man for sticking it.

Game Situation

The Hawks and Bobcats were tied at 86-86 before Jackson’s buzzer-beater, so there was no penalty for a miss.


Charlotte is in a battle for their playoff lives. The Pacers and Sixers, who currently occupy the 7th and 8th seeds in the East, are both playing arguably their best basketball of the season. If the Bobcats somehow pass one of those teams to make the postseason, they’ll certainly look back on a game where they overcame a 22-point deficit on the road as one of the big victories that paved the way. As an added bonus, the win snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Hawks, and erased the stain of a home loss to the Nets the previous night. All in all, a pretty important win.


You’re never going to see a huge celebration on the road (though Atlanta isn’t necessarily known as a hostile environment), but the Bobcats players are certainly pleased with this outcome. However, I’m going to penalize them half-an-Horry for Eduardo Najera jumping up on the scorer’s table. Eddie, you didn’t make the shot. Table jumping is reserved for the hero, not the sidekick.


3 Horrys. A high-degree of difficulty play, but the tie-game situation and the Najera penalty means this one can’t go above three.

What do you think?

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  1. MonK3y says:

    I voted 4 cause it was a really tough shot, but given the tied game I can understand Big Shot Rob gave a 3. Same shot in the playoffs with a 1 point deficit would be a 5 in my book.

    • Tom TITaN says:

      pfffffffffff it was a meaningless shot from an over paid player on a crappy team that wont make the playoffs even in the crappy east. get over yourself

      • Titan is an Idiot says:

        Dude, you’re an idiot. Get over yourself, and stick to posting about the topic instead of trying to put yourself over. You have no life, and nothing important to say.

        That being said, I agree with the 3 rating. Great shot, but no penalty in a regular season game.

      • QuestionMark says:

        Yeah, an overpaid player who can make shots and is a great leader for this team, crappy team, maybe. crappy East? besides the top 5 teams yes, but teams like the Sixers, Pacers are getting better. But you need to get over yourself, Bobcats needed that game and Jackson gave it to them. so if you got nothing relevant to say, just leave.

  2. Tom TITaN says:

    Whats funny is the nba is fake to the core. You wont even publish my comments because they are true. And the nba is faulse hahahahahahahahaha.

  3. Tom TITaN says:

    Check it out, why does the nba have 30 teams? Two teams have over half of all nba champioships in its history. Many teams have none. Its all about tv ratings ect ect. Thats why the nba could not let the spurs get a back to back. 2 years in a row of very low ratings omg ted wont have that after all. The lakers back to back is a sham. Kobe is an amazing player but his rins are fake. And whats the point of a salary cap when the lakers have 90 mil and the rest of the teams have like 49 or so. Again how is that fair and how can the sport truly be 100% real? It cant period. Just follow the paper trail. There is no conspirosy just cold hard facts.

    • Yasmir says:


      Get a life!

    • Rob Schatten says:

      A) The Lakers are at $90m because they have the money to extend their own players on massive contracts, and the League permits a team to exceed the cap to resign it’s own players. That’s how Isiah Thomas’ Knicks reached about $100m in the mid 2000s. The salary cap is only applicable to the signing of free agents and making trades.

      B) There are tons of teams way over the salary cap. If there weren’t, there would be no such thing as a luxury tax. Also note that the tax is set at around $12m over the cap, suggesting a lot of teams are a long way over the cap.

      C) The NBA has 30 teams because there are fans and markets all over the country that want NBA teams. If the TV ratings are consistently good, that proves that there is sufficient interest in the League to warrant 30 teams. It should also be worth noting that every team gets *at least* 10,000 through the door, at least twice a week (on average), five and a half months of the year.

      D) The Spurs didn’t repeat because every time they won a championship, they suffered badly with injury the following season. If you’re going to suggest that the League fixes injuries, you’re not really worth responding to. And, let’s face it, the 05-06 Spurs weren’t that good.

      E) I have no idea who ‘Ted’ is supposed to be, but if you mean Ted Turner, he has nothing to do with expanding the League. That is the job of the Commissioner, David Stern. If you want to criticise Stern, go ahead. He is a tool for thinking expansion into Europe could ever work.

      F) I suspect if you stop insulting the passion of 95% of the people who run this website and read it, your comments might get published more often.

    • QuestionMark says:

      LOL dude seriously leave, your just one of those losers that really piss me off and needs to get a life. Only reason 2 teams have won half of those titles is cause they play well. if all this is fake then explain how players like Kobe and MJ can make gamewinning shots, if all this was fake, why need a game winner? why not just make a team win by like 10 pts instead of making them work for it and make the superstars win it all for the team.

    • 4 says:

      wat does this hav anything to do with anything

  4. Silver says:

    why dont u rate afflalos shot

  5. giulio says:

    I rated five for the defense he had to fight with, evans was on him like a glow, he had and hand in his face and horford coming to help. Absolutely great.

    “titanic”: you can’t say is fake, not at all, the best teams have a special treatment from referees, is clear like a ray of sun that celtis and lakers have more supporters than others, and is clear that cuban’s team will not have calls in the playoffs, but worst if that struggling teams will have a bad treatment as long as the season continues, i see every night with the raptors, at least 3 or 4 calls with no sense, is kind of weird, we know is the best basketball league and we wish the best “super partes” referees, but is an old story, about hard work and about millions of fans, two things that the nba seems to consider an equal.
    This is just a gradient feeling, there are differences and i can make the knikcs exemple as someone did before, they spent tons of money but they where a bed team, and they are from new york, not from new orleans, with all the respect for NOLA!

  6. cuzo says:

    thats the stack jack i know. thats a good look.

  7. Heat631 says:

    lol about the Najera penalty!! ^^