Posts Tagged ‘David Robinson’

Dwight Howard rates James Harden the best left-hander of all-time

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few weeks ago on the blogtable, we looked at some of the greatest left-handed players of all-time, a list that includes some legendary NBA players, such as Bill Russell, David Robinson, Manu Ginobili, Tiny Archibald…the list can go on and on.

Houston guard James Harden got one vote on our list, but that’s presumably only because his teammate Dwight Howard didn’t have a vote.

Last night, Howard took to Twitter to answer questions from fans, and when asked for his take on the greatest lefty of all-time, Howard went with Harden…

And you know what? Dwight hears your disagreement, and respectfully reserves the right to disagree…

And for what it’s worth, Howard mentioned Russell among his list of the best in League history…

When a fan asked how Russell could be one of the three best of all-time but not the best lefty, Howard had an answer ready for him…

What do you say? Is James Harden the best lefty of all-time? Or does someone else get your vote?

Throwback Thursday: All-time blocks leaders

VIDEO: Best centers: Hakeem Olajuwon

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball.

Today’s Topic: All-Time Blocks Leaders

We continue our Throwback Thursday All-Time Statistical Leaders series today by looking at the Top 10 all-time blocks leaders.

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)

Gallery: TBT: All-time blocks leaders

Make sure to check out our previous All-Time Statistical Leaders galleries if you missed them!
All-time steals leaders
All-time assists leaders

Which of these players would you most want to make a win-saving block for your squad? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: The Admiral scores 71

VIDEO: Robinson scores 71 points

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s Topic: David Robinson scores 71 points

On April 24, 1994, the final day of the 1993-94 regular season, David Robinson trailed Shaquille O’Neal by just 33 points for the NBA scoring title. Robinson made sure the title was his by erupting for 71 points on 26-for-41 from the field against the Los Angeles Clippers. At season’s end, he edged Shaq for the title by .5 points per game.

Only four other NBA players (Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, David Thompson and Kobe Bryant) have scored more than 70 points and Robinson is the only one to accomplish the feat while shooting over 63 percent from the floor. Robinson continued to shine during the 1994-95 regular season to win the MVP.

Check out the images below from The Admiral’s historic game twenty years ago today.

Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Robinson scores 71

What’s your favorite David Robinson moment? Leave your comments below!

All Ball Fave Five: Best Last Name Teams

by Micah Hart

You may have noticed it’s the offseason, which means we have plenty of time to sit around and think about many of the things that make it fun to be an NBA fan. Here at All Ball, we’ll be passing the time until the start of the season with a new series, the Fave Five. Each week will count down a list of the five best, or worst … somethings. We’ll try to get creative with it. Plus we’re taking requests! If you have a suggestion for a Fave Five post, give us a shout and you may see it appear in this space over the next several weeks.

Remember last year when the Nets had four Williams on their team? Crazy right? Maybe not, actually. As it turns out, Williams is the most populous last name in professional basketball history, with 69 players.

Williams is the most popular surname — but is it the best? For this week’s Fave Five, we took a look at the history books to pull out the five best teams by last name.

A couple quick notes: This list is entirely subjective, but there was a little method to the madness. First off, given the sheer mass of players who have competed over the years in the NBA and ABA, we narrowed the list to last names with at least 10 players listed in the Basketball Reference database.

Then, to help whittle down the contenders even more, we used Win Shares (if you are unfamiliar with them, here’s a brief description) as a baseline for judging performance. With a few exceptions, the five players we chose for each team had the most career Win Shares within each last name. To help further guide our hand, we then averaged the win share totals per starting five. I’m sure anyone with basic skills in statistical analysis could poke any number of holes in this methodology, but like I say, this list is ultimately subjective. So too bad.

Also — we used statistics to help frame the debate, but ultimately the rankings came down to answering this question: If these teams played each other head to head, with each player in their individual primes, who would win?

Here we go!

5. Miller


Total Millers:
16 (including 2012 Draft picks Quincy and Darius)
Starting Five: Reggie Miller (174.4), Andre Miller (90.1), Brad Miller (76.5), Mike Miller (53.5), Oliver Miller (21.1)
Hall of Famers: One, as of Friday
Average career WS of starting five: 83.1

The Miller name is pretty top heavy. Reggie, making his way into the Hall of Fame this weekend, is 15th on the all-time list in Win Shares, while Oliver has the least amount of any starter in the top five. In fact, only one other Miller (Larry, a G/F who played seven seasons in the ABA from 1968-75), has put up even double-digit career WS totals*.

*Quincy and Darius, you have your work cut out for you.

This isn’t the flashiest bunch of players, Reggie aside, but the rest of this lineup put together a fine collection of NBA careers in their time. And yeah, Oliver is the weak link here, but the dude — when he was fit enough, which perhaps wasn’t so often — could ball.


Conan O’Brien – can he ball?

by Micah Hart

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another edition of the insanely popular series “Can he ball?” Last week we discussed World Series hero and 1990’s slacker-film lookalike Tim Lincecum, who you decided (63%-37%) can, in fact, ball.

This week’s contestant is a man who is about to return to the nation’s airwaves after a 10-month hiatus spurred by one of the most public breakups in history, a man whose doppelganger is the President of Finland, a man who gave us the greatest weather report in history, and a man whose new TBS talk show debuts Nov. 8:

Conan O’Brien

O’Brien certainly brings the funny, but can he bring the pain on the basketball court?

Let’s examine the evidence:

— At 6’4″, Conan certainly has the height to play the game. But as gangly as he is, I could see where he might have been too embarrassed to play growing up if he wasn’t any good (as everyone assumes tall people can play basketball).

— I don’t recommend asking his advice for your NCAA tournament bracket.

— According to exceedingly-accurate Wikipedia, Conan attended Brookline High School in Boston, where he was managing editor of the school’s newspaper. I’ll assume that means he didn’t compete for any of the school’s varsity athletic squads.

— O’Brien went to Harvard, and as we all know, there is only one person who played at Harvard that is any good at hoops, and his name is Jeremy Lin.

— Conan has been around the world of basketball before, filing this report from All-Star Weekend all the way back in 1995 in Phoenix:

Look how young everyone looks! I think Shaq and Charles have each gained an entire person since then. Also, though it’s simulated, Conan gives a glimpse of his form at about the 5:07 mark.

— O’Brien isn’t afraid to take on NBA players – here he takes on Shaq in an impromptu dance contest (is there anyone who hasn’t been in a dance contest with Shaq yet) during his short-lived tenure as host of the Tonight Show.

— O’Brien has also tried his hand at baseball. Twice, in fact.

There is no doubt that Conan is one of the preeminent funny men of our time, but that don’t mean he can play this game.

Or does it? It’s your turn to decide.

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Do you believe in miracles?

by Micah Hart

Count me among the many who were stunned by the Lakers’ loss to FC Barcelona in Thursday’s preseason clash in Spain. Maybe stunned is a bit harsh (after all, it was preseason), but still pretty surprising to see the two-time defending NBA champs taken down by a team from outside the NBA — even by a team as good as FC Barca, which won the Spanish and Euro league title last season (my mistake – Baskonia won the Spanish League last year, FC Barcelona last won it in 2009).

It got us to thinking though around the newsdesk — does this rank among the all-time great international upsets? Here are a few memorable ones for comparison’s sake:

Russia 51, USA 50 – 1972 Olympic basketball

This one was a doozy — the first time the United States ever lost in international basketball competition, and one of the most disputed endings in sports history. Some from the U.S. side still refuse to recognize the legitimacy of the outcome — supposedly, U.S. team member Kenny Davis instructed in his will that no one in his family can ever accept a silver medal on his behalf.

USA 4, USSR 3 – 1980 Olympic hockey

Probably the greatest upset in American history across any sport, and Al Michael’s “Do you believe in miracles? Yes!” gives me chills every time I hear it. Every time I talk about this game, I feel like I must bring up the fact that this was not, in fact, the gold medal game, but only a semifinal. The U.S. went on to defeat Finland to claim the gold two days later.