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The Best Book of Basketball Facts and Stats
     

The Best Book of Basketball Facts and Stats

by Marty Strasen
 

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Everything you need to know about the teams, players, coaches and history.

This book is a handy reference of detailed and up-to-date information. All twenty-eight NBA teams are covered from the four major divisions: Eastern Atlantic, Eastern Central, Western Midwest, and Western Pacific. Team facts include date of entry into the NBA, number of

Overview

Everything you need to know about the teams, players, coaches and history.

This book is a handy reference of detailed and up-to-date information. All twenty-eight NBA teams are covered from the four major divisions: Eastern Atlantic, Eastern Central, Western Midwest, and Western Pacific. Team facts include date of entry into the NBA, number of championships won, and a concise history of the club.

Profiles of the game's eighty greatest players are profiled and include such legends as:

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • Larry Bird
  • Kobe Bryant
  • Wilt Chamberlain
  • Julius Erving
  • Patrick Ewing
  • Walt Frazier
  • Michael Jordan
  • Karl Malone
  • Hakeem Olajuwon
  • Shaquille
    O'Neal
  • Dennis Rodman
  • Bill Russell.

A section on basketball's renowned coaches features Red Auerbach, Phil Jackson, K.C. Jones, Don Kundla, Dick Motta, Don Nelson, Jack Ramsay, Pat Riley, Jerry Sloan and Lenny Wilkens. Basketball's most memorable games are described from 1947 to the 2003 league championship, including the 1992 Olympic Dream Team.

The final third of the book contains detailed player and team statistics that cover:

  • Career regular season
  • Career playoffs
  • Individual single season
  • Final standings
  • NBA finals results
  • All-Star Game results
  • Hall of Fame inductees
  • NBA awards.

Editorial Reviews

Chicago Sun Newspapers
Updated... packed with 300 pages of easy-to-find, photo-free information covering the award-winners, statistics leaders, big games, coaches and more.
— Linda Piwowarczyk
Chicago Sun Newspapers - Linda Piwowarczyk
Updated to include the 2003-04 season... packed with 300 pages of easy-to-find, photo-free information covering the award-winners, statistics leaders, big games, coaches and more.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781552978771
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
10/02/2004
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.82(d)

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Introduction

Perhaps no one should be surprised at the global court on which the game of basketball is now played. After all, Dr. James Naismith, the man who first hoisted a peach basket at a YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts, hailed from Canada.

Glance at the rosters for the 2004 National Basketball Association All-Star Game. Among the stars were Tim Duncan (U.S. Virgin Islands), Dirk Nowitzki (Germany), Andrei Kirilenko (Russia), Peja Stojakovic (Serbia, Montenegro), Jamaal Magloire (Canada), and Yao Ming (China). As of March 9, 2004, NBA rosters featured 66 international players from 33 countries.

Some 55 years after that day in 1891 when Dr. Naismith invented the game, the Basketball Association of America—a forerunner of the NBA—was formed. The average salary then was $4,500 per year and the average player stood a shade under 6 feet, 4 inches.

If Dr. Naismith would have been stunned by the growth of his game in its first half-century of existence, imagine his reaction if he could sit courtside today, watching the 7'5" Yao Ming battle the 340-pound Shaquille O'Neal, or the youthful acrobatics of rising stars LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony.

Yes, basketball has grown in myriad ways since Naismith first threw a ball into a basket and needed a ladder to retrieve it. At its basic level, however, it remains among the purest athletic tests of all—a sport that has captivated an international audience while remaining a mainstay in American towns large and small. This book takes you inside the game at its highest level. The Franchise Histories chapter relives the glory years of the Boston Celtics, tracks the movement ofthe Lakers from the cold of Minneapolis to the glitz of L.A., charts the absorption of ABA clubs into the NBA and documents highlights of every team.

Selecting the best of the best for the players section was not unlike trying to sink a halfcourt shot. So many legends have graced the hardwood, from early stars like Joe Fulks to incomparable centers Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell, to more recent greats Julius Erving, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan. We have settled on 75, with apologies to those who weren't far behind.

Basketball coaches are among the most visible in all of sports, and the NBA has had its share of greats. We will introduce you to the most innovative and successful, though most of their names you probably know already.

Of course, we remember these teams, players and coaches mainly for what they do once the game clock starts ticking. Games can be memorable for a variety of reasons. Some, like Chamberlain's 100-point outing, are important as a statistical feat never before reached. Others become etched in our memories for their compelling drama.

We've selected some of the most significant and memorable outings in NBA history to help mark the league's progress from the early days to the 2003-04 season.

The book concludes with a comprehensive Stats & Facts chapter that lists career statistical leaders, single-game and single-season leaders for both the regular season and playoffs. This chapter also features complete standings and NBA Finals results for every season and a complete list of Hall of Famers, MVPs and other award winners.

Marty Strasen
June 2004

Meet the Author

Marty Strasen is the sports producer for Tampa Bay Online (TBO.com) and writes regularly for The Tampa Tribune. He has co-authored the Michael Jordan Scrapbook and Basketball Almanac and is a former assistant editor of Basketball Weekly and Football News. He is a 1989 graduate of the University of Notre Dame.

STATS Inc. is North America's most comprehensive agency for sports statistics. Based in Chicago, they supply the media with facts and figures on basketball as well as many other sports.

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