Bad use of statistics
I was reading an article
at newsday.com when I came across this paragraph:
But if the Knicks think they would be getting a player who can stop Heat center Shaquille O'Neal, they might want to consider Dampier's numbers in 17 starts against O'Neal, whose team was 12-5. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, O'Neal shot 58.4 percent from the field and averaged 25.1 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.9 blocks. Dampier shot 39.8 percent with 7.8 points and 7.1 rebounds.
I know, I know, it's a basketball article, but listen to my point. The author of the article, Greg Logan, makes a point to say that Dampier isn't the answer to defend against Shaq. My point is: is there ANYONE that can really defend against Shaq? OK, maybe The Admiral at one time was good against him, and probably a couple guys here and there that have had limited success against him, BUT Dampier allowing Shaq to average 25.1 points and 11.5 rebounds, while seeming like a lot of points and rebounds, is actually LESS then Shaq's career averages of 27.1 points and 12.0 rebounds per game. Mr. Logan forgot to mention that small point. I know, it's not significantly less than Shaq's average, so statistically it's probably identical considering the number of games that Dampier and Shaq have playerd against each other (17 games). I just hate to see statistics misused like this, whether it's in basketball, baseball, politics, or wherever. STOP ABUSING STATISTICS!!!
OK, I'm off my soapbox now.
posted by shawn
: 7/20/2004 11:22:00 AM -