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For the past couple of years, I've been, for fun, tinkering around with the idea
of some way to equalize players' stats over the eras. So, for the past several
months, I've been working on doing this for some NBA players. It started when I
was having a debate with some friends about ther merits of certain players and
then the idea crystalized when I was at work dealing with some projects and the
idea of "constant dollars." And then I also saw an article by Dan Diamond in the
book "Total Hockey" which helped provied the direction for the formula for
doing so. The article is on page 626 of the book for anyone with the book or
interested in an explanation as he probably does so better than I will.

The idea is to base the players numbers on how they did relative to the league
average in a season because a 20pt 10 reb average in a year in which the average
team scored 120 points and there were an average of 120 missed field goal attempts
is not the same as in a year in which the average was 92 points and 88 missed fg
attempts. I added up the NBA averages for every season from 1946-47 through
1998-99 and then divided them to get the all-time NBA average. For example, the
average for the 1946-47 to 1999-2000 seasons are:

  FGM  74.65 (team per game)
  FGA  40.03
  FG%  44.09%
  3PM   2.57
  3PA   7.70
  3P%  33.43%
  FTM  23.26
  FTA  31.16
  FT%  74.74%
  Reb  51.78
  Ast  23.52
  Stl   8.69
  TO   17.53
  Blk   5.16
  Pts 101.38

I took the players' stats and converted them using the formula and came up with
the all-time leaders in points, rebounds, assists & games played. I did the stats
for all Hall of Famers, MVP's, scored 20,000 points, grabbed 10,000 rebounds &
dished out 5,000 assists. Also anybody making an All-NBA team, All-Rookie 1st
team, anybody who received MVP votes, played in an All-Star game, played in 1,000
games or, frankly, just struck my fancy. The numbers for career leaders are
NBA/ABA combined. Can you use this to determine who was the better NBA (or ABA)
player? Not necessarily. You can use this to get an idea of who was the more
dominant player during their era. But mostly it's just fun to compare. I did it
for fun & I did enjoy doing it and I thought I'd share it with you. Hope you enjoy
or at least find it somewhat interesting.

The players are listed in order of their fist appearance in a game (i.e. starts with 1946-47 and goes forward)

Al Hoffman