Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Battier vs Gay

Geoff Calkins, sports editor of the Commercial Appeal, wrote an article that compares Gay to Battier.

He compared their stat lines:

S.Battier F 41:33 4-10 2-5 2-2 2 3 5 2 2 4 1 0 12

17:25 5-10 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 1 12

Throw in Swift:

22:49 6-13 0-0 3-3 0 2 2 0 4 1 2 0 15

and consider that Battier had over twice as many minutes as Gay, and it seems like Memphis got the better end of the deal.

Granted, a player's value can't be reduced to his stat line. Chemistry and intangible contributions also make the difference between a win and a loss.

Still, we can make some judgement as the season goes on by comparing their averages. My main question after looking at this stat line echoes a subtle point Calkins makes: Why did Gay play only 17 minutes?

Calkins link


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Anonymous said...




Let's take a look at the stats:

Mothra - Silky Spray Stuff, Yellow Powdery Stuff, Larva, Wings

Godzilla - Atomic Breath, Nuclear Pulse, Roar, Stomp, Knocks Buildings Over

Too close to call right now. We'll have to see how the season plays out as these two face off again.

Kasper Hsu said...

can you please expliain the phrase "through in Swift". I think it's a rookie mistake.

David Jones said...

Thanks for pointing out. I've corrected.