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Was Kobe Bryant's 60 points in his last game comparable to his performance during his career?

I've got no particularly interest in what the game was, but dug into the stats a bit... a couple good ones that stand out from this SB Nation article: Kobe's 50 shots are the most in a game since ...
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What is a protected pick?

A protected pick is one which will be traded only if it is below a certain point in the draft order. For example, in the Cousins trade, the first round pick that the Pelicans are sending to the Kings ...
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What is the average height in the NBA?

Using the data at the NBA's great stats page, I put together: This indeed has a mean just over 6'7". Mode as indicated is 6'9". Median is 6'7". And a standard deviation of about 3.5" inches just for ...
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Shooting at the wrong hoop beyond the three point line

The FIBA rules have defined how points are awarded for an own goal. Article 16.2.2 If a player accidentally scores a field goal in his team’s basket, the goal counts 2 points and shall be recorded as ...
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Why did Magic Johnson throw the ball out of bounds after getting the rebound?

The time remaining in the game was on the order of 3 seconds. By holding the ball in that position or trying to dribble, he risked a foul or a basket against. By quickly clearing to the far end, the ...
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Why do NBA stars keep playing in playoff blowouts?

Wikipedia lists quite a few comebacks from deficits of 25+ points in the 3rd or even early 4th quarter. The odds are certainly small that a team would turn it around, but even a glimmer of hope to ...
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Ethics/commonality of sports teams scoring more points at end of a game they are clearly winning

In professional sport, the rule is pretty much "score as many as you can". To take one recent example of this, Ajax beat VVV-Venlo 13-0 in the Erdedivise (top-level Dutch soccer league) on ...
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Why do top NBA stars from USA skip the Olympics?

Because in those players' views, the risks, most notably injury risks either from directly being injured in the Olympics or an increased injury risk the following season due to having less off-season, ...
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Is shouting a foul in basketball?

I used the 2016-17 NBA and NCAA (click download PDF) rulebooks, and the 2012-13 Iowa HSAA rulebook (apparently the NFHS rulebook is now pay protected????) The closest definitive rule in American ...
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Has a point guard ever averaged 1 block a game?

Not since blocks became a recorded stat in 1973-74. Basketball Reference does not allow querying specifically for point guards as opposed to shooting guards, but very few guards of any kind meet your ...
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Why do NBA stars keep playing in playoff blowouts?

As it is mentioned in the question, the stars are pulled out with a few minutes left in the game. How early they are pulled depends on the point differential, the coach, and the team's momentum. In ...
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What's the purpose of Division Standings in NBA?

Prior to 2016, a team's rankings within their division had an influence on how they are seeded. In 2005, when the third division for each conference were first introduced, division winners were ...
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What does the ‘3’ in Chris Paul’s nickname CP3 stand for?

It's a family related nickname. Chris Paul's father's and older brother's Initials are also CP, making him the third person with initials CP, hence CP3.
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Basketball sits on the back of the rim motionless after an attempted shot. What is the ruling?

According to the NBA Rule Book: Rule 6, Section 5 (a) The ball shall be put into play in the center circle by a jump ball between any two opponents: (6) The ball comes to rest on the basket flange ...
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What is a "go-ahead three-pointer" in basketball?

A three-pointer is a shot that scores three points by virtue of the taker being outside the three-point arc at the time of taking it. The "go-ahead" shot or goal in any sport is that shot or goal ...
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How often does this achievement happen in basketball?

How often should you expect it? Never. Only 24 times since 1983 has a player recorded a triple double with 20+ rebounds, which is the absolute minimum required to even look at the offensive/defensive ...
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Shall I always stick to the same move if it works?

If Something works You're playing to win (see akadian's answer for the issues here), and You're not interested in moving up to a higher standard of play then by all means keep doing it. However, if ...
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Can a basketball player play in college after playing in the NBA?

According to the NCAA, there are required steps in order to become a college athlete. One of them is registering with the Eligibility Center. In the typical situation, that’s done during grade 10 in ...
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How can one team "own" another team's first-round pick?

Draft picks are an asset, and (in the NBA anyway) they can be traded between teams (subject to some restrictions). Whichever team has the pick on the day of the draft gets to select a player and have ...
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Why do NBA players avoid touching the ball after a made basket?

Yes, there is such a rule, and the players want to avoid any possible hint of breaching it. Section II. Delay of Game a. A delay-of-game shall be called for: (1) Preventing the ball from ...
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Who has been the smallest player ever to play the NBA?

It is Muggsy Bogues Muggsy Bogues is the shortest player in NBA history, listed at 5'3”. He was drafted 12th overall by the Washington Bullets in 1987 and played later played for the Hornets, ...
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Has there been a NBA Most Improved Player or Sixth Man of the Year Award winner to have won MVP Honors?

The NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award was first awarded for the 1982–83 NBA season, whereas the NBA Most Improved Player Award was first awarded following the 1985–86 season. Since the 1982-83 season, ...
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Why isn't there an advantage rule for fouls in basketball (similar to soccer)?

The first thing to note here is that this is almost exclusively an NBA only issue; FIBA rules have always penalised away from the ball fouls as unsportsmanlike fouls giving two free throws and ...
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In basketball, what does 'two for fifteen' mean?

Went two for 15. Seven points. This specific player made two field goals (FGM - field goals made) out of 15 attempts (FGA - field goals attempted) for a total of seven points (PTS). He finished ...
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