by Micah Hart
With the regular season behind us and the playoffs set to tip off this weekend, it’s the perfect time to do a little looking back at some of the fun we had during the past six months.
One of our favorite things to write about on All Ball has been the Horry Scale breakdowns of every GWBB (game-winning buzzer-beater) from the season, of which, in the end, there were 16 during 2010-11. Let’s take a look back at some of the most memorable:
Best Executed Horry
One of the most unlikely endings to a game all season, as Nic Batum scores four points in the last 0.9 seconds to beat the Spurs, the last two of which came on this picture-perfect lob off the inbounds pass from Andre Miller to ring up the Horry Scale breakdown. Portland’s Rose Garden would be my choice for where all GWBBs would take place, if I had my druthers. Where does one get druthers, I wonder?
Runner-up: Andrew Bogut – really this should be a tie, I just love Portland celebrations.
More Horry highlights after the jump.
Most Improbable Horry
Al Jefferson beat the Raptors with a perfect volleyball set. I wouldn’t say it was unintentional, as obviously Jefferson would be trying to tip the ball in in this situation, but the trajectory of this shot would be hard to replicate.
Runner up: Antonio McDyess – yup, the Dice-man is still in the league.
Least Impressive Horry
Ask any coach, there are few things more frustrating than when a player does the wrong thing and it works out. Case in point, Jameer Nelson‘s GWBB against the Nuggets. Nelson gets the ball in the frontcourt with 5.9 seconds left, and with unlimited options decides to settle for a contested 25-foot 3-pointer. Yeah it went in, but you gotta drive the ball there. If I know Stan Van Gundy, a man who has never met an opportunity to complain he didn’t like, I feel certain he made sure to point that out. Runner Up: Kevin Durant – great shot, same issue.
Best Cliffhanger Horry
Probably my favorite Horry Scale nominee of the year, as Dunleavy’s tip-in seemed to hang on the rim as long as Tiger’s ball at 16. I also enjoyed the full-court victory lap, which seems quite appropriate for a team playing in Indianapolis.
Runner up: None.
Horry Scale MVP
The only Horry Scale entry to garner the full five-star rating in the 2010-11 regular season, Tyreke Evans‘ 3/4-court heave will live on as not only the top play of the year but really one of the most memorable buzzer-beaters in NBA history. Still, my favorite part of this play remains Donte Greene‘s reaction on the Kings sideline. No. Doubt. In. His. Mind.
Runner up: Rudy Gay drops one in LBJ’s face.
Quite a year for the Horry Scale – 16 entries overall in its rookie season. With any luck, we’ll see a few more before the playoffs come to an end.
To see all the Horry Scale recipients from the past season, click here.
What was your favorite from the past season?