Extractions: Despite having 3 players in recovery from surgery, the most important of whom, in serious pain after his first 20 minutes of play this season, the LAKERS could easily have a better year than the previous 2 championship years. The reason for the optimism is the impressive depth on the 2001-2001 squad, particularly at shooting guard. Management feels so good about the prospects that it cut DENNIS SCOTT Tuesday. SCOTT was recently signed to try out for the team, after being out of basketball for a couple of years. He was a 3-point shooter deluxe for the ORLANDO MAGIC (he holds the game and season records for 3-pointers!), and is one of best friends. So for the LAKERS to say goodbye Mr. SCOTT , several weeks earlier than necessary, one would presume the shooting skills are locked and stocked.
Extractions: F ANTASY B ASKETBALL S TATISTICS October 7, 1998 A typical fantasy basketball league has 12 teams with 10 starting players on each team. To get an idea of what the average stats for a player active on a starting fantasy roster would be I analyzed the statistics of the 120 players who averaged the most minutes played per game last season (hey ... what else are you going to do during The Lockout ... watch baseball? ... I don't think so!). The averages for 8 common statistical categories are shown in the table below. Also, to determine how the players stats were distributed above and below the averages I found the standard deviation of the 120 players for each stat category. A 'bell' shaped distribution would predict that 68% of the players would fall within one standard deviation of the average. Hang with me now ... the goal will be to determine who the fantasy basketball studs are ... not to put you to sleep! CATEGORY AVG PER GAME STND DEV STND DEV/AVG Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks Treys Free Throws FG% In the same manner the fantasy stiffs can be identified. Calbert Cheany and Joe Smith managed to be in the top 120 in minutes played per game but were below average in all 8 of the categories investigated. By the way OnHoops.com readers, LJ was below average in 6 of the 8 categories! That's kind of stiff too.