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#1 Real Deal

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Posted June 11, 2009 - 02:28 PM

1991 NBA Finals
Bulls 4, Lakers 1
GM1: 14-24 FG (58.3%), 7-9 FT, 36 PTS, 8 REB, 12 AST, 4 TO
GM2: 15-18 FG (83.3%), 3-4 FT, 33 PTS, 7 REB, 13 AST, 4 TO
GM3: 11-28 FG (39.3%), 6-6 FT, 29 PTS, 9 REB, 9 AST, 3 TO
GM4: 11-20 FG (55%), 6-6 FT, 28 PTS, 5 REB, 13 AST, 1 TO
GM5: 12-23 FG (52.2%), 6-8 FT, 30 PTS, 4 REB, 10 AST, 6 TO
AVERAGES: 63-113 FG (55.8%), 28-33 FT (84.9%), 31.2 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 11.4 APG, 3.60 TO, 22.6 FGA per game

1992 NBA Finals
Bulls 4, Blazers 2
GM1: 16-27 FG (59.3%), 1-1 FT, 39 PTS, 3 REB, 11 AST, 1 TO
GM2: 16-32 FG (50%), 7-9 FT, 39 PTS, 5 REB, 10 AST, 5 TO
GM3: 11-22 FG (50%), 4-4 FT, 26 PTS, 7 REB, 4 AST, 5 TO
GM4: 11-26 FG (42.3%), 8-8 FT, 32 PTS, 5 REB, 6 AST, 5 TO
GM5: 14-23 FG (60.9%), 16-19 FT, 46 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST, 4 TO
GM6: 13-24 FG (54.2%), 5-5 FT, 33 PTS, 4 REB, 4 AST, 4 TO
AVERAGES: 81-154 FG (52.6%), 41-46 FT (89.1%), 35.8 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 6.5 APG, 4.00 TO, 25.7 FGA per game

1993 NBA Finals
Bulls 4, Suns 2
GM1: 14-28 FG (50%), 3-4 FT, 31 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST, 2 TO
GM2: 18-36 FG (50%), 4-5 FT, 42 PTS, 12 REB, 9 AST, 5 TO
GM3: 19-43 FG (44.2%), 3-6 FT, 44 PTS, 9 REB, 6 AST, 3 TO
GM4: 21-37 FG (56.8%), 13-18 FT, 55 PTS, 8 REB, 4 AST, 1 TO
GM5: 16-29 FG (55.2%), 7-10 FT, 41 PTS, 7 REB, 7 AST, 2 TO
GM6: 13-26 FG (50%), 4-6 FT, 33 PTS, 8 REB, 7 AST, 3 TO
AVERAGES: 101-199 FG (50.8%), 34-49 FT (69.4%), 41.0 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 6.3 APG, 2.67 TO, 33.2 FGA per game

1996 NBA Finals
Bulls 4, Sonics 2
GM1: 9-18 FG (50%), 9-10 FT, 28 PTS, 7 REB, 2 AST, 2 TO
GM2: 9-22 FG (40.9%), 10-16 FT, 29 PTS, 6 REB, 8 AST, 2 TO
GM3: 11-23 FG (47.8%), 11-11 FT, 36 PTS, 3 REB, 5 AST, 3 TO
GM4: 6-19 FG (31.6%), 11-13 FT, 23 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST, 4 TO
GM5: 11-22 FG (50%), 4-5 FT, 26 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST, 2 TO
GM6: 5-19 FG (26.3%), 11-12 FT, 22 PTS, 9 REB, 7 AST, 5 TO
AVERAGES: 51-123 FG (41.5%), 56-67 FT (83.6%), 27.3 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 4.2 APG, 3.00 TO, 20.5 FGA per game

1997 NBA Finals
Bulls 4, Jazz 2
GM1: 13-27 FG (48.1%), 5-7 FT, 31 PTS, 4 REB, 8 AST, 0 TO
GM2: 11-20 FG (55%), 15-21 FT, 38 PTS, 13 REB, 9 AST, 5 TO
GM3: 9-22 FG (40.9%), 4-5 FT, 26 PTS, 3 REB, 6 AST, 1 TO
GM4: 11-27 FG (40.7%), 0-0 FT, 22 PTS, 4 REB, 4 AST, 3 TO
GM5: 13-27 FG (48.2%), 10-12 FT, 38 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST, 3 TO
GM6: 15-35 FG (42.9%), 8-10 FT, 39 PTS, 11 REB, 4 AST, 1 TO
AVERAGES: 72-158 FG (45.6%), 42-55 FT (76.4%), 32.3 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 6.0 APG, 2.17 TO, 26.3 FGA per game

1998 NBA Finals
Bulls 4, Jazz 2
GM1: 13-29 FG (44.8%), 6-8 FT, 33 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST, 0 TO
GM2: 14-33 FG (42.4%), 9-10 FT, 37 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST, 0 TO
GM3: 7-14 FG (50%), 10-11 FT, 24 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST, 2 TO
GM4: 12-27 FG (44.4%), 10-15 FT, 34 PTS, 8 REB, 2 AST, 3 TO
GM5: 9-26 FG (34.6%), 10-11 FT, 28 PTS, 4 REB, 4 AST, 4 TO
GM6: 15-35 FG (42.9%), 12-15 FT, 45 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST, 1 TO
AVERAGES: 70-164 FG (42.7%), 57-70 FT (81.4%), 33.5 PPG, 4 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.67 TO, 27.3 FGA per game

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Just a few things:

1) The number of shots taken, compared to the amount of points scored, must not be that big of a deal when Michael Jordan shoots the ball. In 21 of the 34 games, Jordan had no more than seven points over his shot attempts that game.

2) Despite winning two season MVP's in two of the last three championships seasons (1996 and 1998), Jordan's field goal percentages were fairly low, especially for a guy taking 26-27 shots per game.

3) Jordan attempted over 25 shots per game four years, and actually launched over 33 shots per game in 1993. He never attempted less than 20 shots per game in six Finals appearances.

4) In six of Jordan's 34 Finals games, he missed five or more free throws. In other words, on average, there was one Finals game in each season where Jordan, being a career 83.5% free throw shooter, missed five or six free throws.

Also, Jordan matched or exceeded his career free throw shooting percentage just three times in six of his Finals appearances.

5) Jordan's assists, over a combined 34 Finals games, comes to 5.97 APG. He averaged 2.83 turnovers per game. For every two assists, he threw an average of approximately one turnover per game.

Just some things to chew on, and to have for future references when discussing NBA Finals performances, shooting percentages, turnovers, missed free throws, etc.

With all the articles blasting Bryant and his shot attempts, it might be good to look back on someone who was rarely criticized for anything he ever did.

Keep in mind these defensive ratings as well...

Defensive Ratings (Jordan's six Finals opponents)
1991 LA Lakers - 105.0
1992 Portland Blazers - 104.2
1993 Phoenix Suns - 106.7
1996 Seattle Sonics - 102.1
1997 Utah Jazz - 104.0
1998 Utah Jazz - 105.4

Defensive Ratings (Kobe's seven Finals opponents)
2000 Indiana Pacers - 103.6
2001 Philadelphia 76ers - 98.9
2002 New Jersey Nets - 99.5
2004 Detroit Pistons - 95.4
2008 Boston Celtics - 98.9
2009 Orlando Magic - 101.9

Not hard to read between the lines.

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Posted June 11, 2009 - 02:30 PM

Great post RD

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Posted June 11, 2009 - 02:34 PM

the pistons/bulls 1991 series was conference finals though

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Posted June 11, 2009 - 02:35 PM

the pistons/bulls 1991 series was conference finals though


You're right. They played the Lakers that year.

Jordan averaged 31.2 points on 56% shooting, 11.4 assists, 6.6 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 1.4 blocks in the Finals that year.

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Posted June 11, 2009 - 02:35 PM

In regards to shot amount IIRC we win when Kobe takes less than 21
Kobe's official reign of terror is about to get its jump off on.

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Posted June 11, 2009 - 02:36 PM

Blah, forgot about that. I'll have to edit.

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Posted June 11, 2009 - 02:36 PM

I have a problem with shooting percetnages. Are these actual jump shots or dunks and layups?
The Lakers FO knows more than you. Sorry.

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Posted June 11, 2009 - 02:38 PM

Awesome stats/analysis Brandon. I'll use this on an NBA Thread on another forum, with credit to you of course.

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Posted June 11, 2009 - 02:44 PM

great post

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Posted June 11, 2009 - 02:45 PM

great post


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Posted June 11, 2009 - 02:50 PM

Wow, nice to know. Thanks. I love Kobe and MJ.

Edited by kobefan4lyfe, June 11, 2009 - 02:51 PM.


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Posted June 11, 2009 - 02:50 PM

Even with all these stats, he is still without a doubt better than Kobe so far.

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Posted June 11, 2009 - 02:52 PM

Fixed. Sorry about that error.

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Posted June 11, 2009 - 02:52 PM

Even with all these stats, he is still without a doubt better than Kobe so far.

You hit it right on the nail.

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Posted June 11, 2009 - 02:53 PM

Even with all these stats, he is still without a doubt better than Kobe so far.

Who said he wasn't?

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Posted June 11, 2009 - 02:59 PM

Who said he wasn't?


Honestly, the ones who do say that Kobe is greater then Jordan never watched MJ.

What he did as a basketball player is just flat out amazing.

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Posted June 11, 2009 - 03:02 PM

Great post and nice breakdown of Jordan's stats in the Finals.

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Posted June 11, 2009 - 03:03 PM

Honestly, the ones who do say that Kobe is greater then Jordan never watched MJ.

What he did as a basketball player is just flat out amazing.

Yep, greatest player of all-time.

The stats are just available for when Kobe has games where he doesn't pass the ball enough.

If Bryant were to shoot an average of 33 times in this series, half of TLN would be moaning about Gasol not getting enough touches. Hell, they already are.

Seeing MJ shoot 36, 43 and 37 times in three consecutive NBA Finals games...pretty crazy.

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Posted June 11, 2009 - 03:13 PM

In regards to shot amount IIRC we win when Kobe takes less than 21


that stat is so misleading

kobe usually shoots alot when nothing else is working


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Posted June 11, 2009 - 03:27 PM

Thanks for the stats man, these will come to use. I guess there's a reason you never see 96 Finals MJ highlights.




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