Category Archives: YouTube Finds

Chris Gatling

“The Energizer,” Chris Gatling, was unique — perhaps underrated and overrated at the same time. He was a rarity, a one-dimensional big man whose only skill was post scoring.

Through 1997 he was tracking to have one of the best career FG%s ever (57% ranked 7th all-time going into the ’98 season); he then proceeded to shoot 45.1% from ’98 onward, a rate that wasn’t helped by a bizarre proclivity for 3s in 2000 and ’01. Despite the gaudy FG%s, Gatling wasn’t a shooter, as attested by his .660 FT%. He had no face-up game. He was, however, a tremendous off-the-bench post scorer, with a career 18.9 P/36 rate that peaked at a staggering 25.0 in 1997. That season, Gatling had a usage rate of 31.7 — the same rate LeBron James has in 2012! No reserve big man has ever done that, before or since. And it was all from pure post scoring!

Gatling is best known for playing for 8 NBA teams in his career. He typified the “trade zone”, because he was useful as a scorer but ultimately a flawed player. While he rebounded some, he was a mediocre defender, a total non-passer/black hole, and had coachability concerns. Teams wanted him enough to get him, but not enough to keep him around longer than a half-season or so.

Don’t shed any tears for Gatling, though. Being a one-dimensional NBA journeyman netted him almost $30 million over an 11-year career. There are worse careers to have, even if his Hall of Fame Probability is exactly 0.0%.

YouTube Finds: NBA H-O-R-S-E, 1978-style

Sorry for the lack of posts over the past few days; Sports-Reference is having its annual company meeting, so I’ve been a little indisposed. That said, I thought I’d share these gems with you from the 1977-78 season:

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YouTube Finds: Knicks @ Rockets, Game 7, ’94 Finals

Thanks to loyal commenter Jason J, here’s the game I was actually looking for yesterday… This one’s for you, John Starks!

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YouTube Finds: ’92 Bulls-Knicks, Game 7

Man, this was a physical series…

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YouTube Finds: Bill Walton is… The Bachelor

And, of course, no Walton post would be complete without this gem:

YouTube Finds: Dave Cowens Highlights

Reading The Book of Basketball made me remember my dad telling me about how awesome Dave Cowens was, which in turn prompted me to find some highlights:

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YouTube Finds: Get Your Classic NBA Live Music On

Back in the mid-to-late 1990s, EA Sports composer Traz Damji put together a series of ridiculously funky (and catchy) background songs for the best years of the NBA Live franchise. They became synonymous with video hoops action for a generation of young, impressionable gamers, and now they’re available in all their old-school glory courtesy of YouTube:

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Layups: MJ Making News on 9/11, Then and Now

Michael Jordan’s name is on everybody’s lips today, 9/11/09, because the GOAT is being inducted into the HoF in a scant 50 minutes. But oddly enough, 8 years ago to the day MJ was also the lead story of the day… until tragedy stuck, that is: