Thursday, May 07, 2015

Historically Awful Efforts By Starters In A Playoff Series/Playoff Season

Some of these efforts you just have to gasp in horror.  I mean, Kyle Lowry and Tony Parker were extremely awful in this year's first-round series, but look at some of the guys on this list -- negative 50+ for offensive rating versus defensive rating!?!?!?!

You have guys shooting under 27%.  You have guys like Cliff Robinson and Glen Rice putting up Defensive Ratings of 129 and the early 1990s.  In the early 1990s it was basically legal to decapitate guys on drives and grab them with two hands when they started to dribble by you.  And that got WORSE during the playoffs where it was "let the players decide the games".   How anyone  could allow 130 points per 100 possessions under those rules is puzzling to say the least.

For you folks who don't want to follow the link. the worst ORtg versus DRtg for playoff efforts by guys playing starter minutes:

5th -- Greg Ballard  minus 43
4th Mike Mitchell   -47

3rd - Jack Sikma    -57
2nd - DeShawn Stevenson -57 (wins tiebreaker for more suckiness due to more negative WS)

1st - Tayshaun Prince - negative 59. 

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