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Big Three Dominance

I know that Bill Simmons is not highly regarded around these parts, but in his latest NBA playoffs mailbag he included a chart which catalogues all-time player winning percentages of 14 NBA greats (credit for data compilation actually goes to Steve Hirdt and the Elias Sports Bureau). I was greatly impressed with the position of our Big Three, and I guess no other measure reveals the consistent dominance of the Spurs and particularly the Big Three over the last decade.

ALL-TIME PLAYER WINNING PERCENTAGES
PLAYER REG. SEASON PLAYOFFS
Larry Bird .736 .604
Manu Ginobili .724 .654
Sam Jones .718 .649
Bill Russell .717 .648
Tony Parker .716 .615
Tim Duncan .712 .631
Scottie Pippen .688 .654
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar .688 .650
Magic Johnson .674 .740
Shaquille O'Neal .672 .601
Robert Horry .671 .635
Michael Jordan .659 .665
Bob Cousy .655 .578
Jerry West .638 .569

 

Mr. Bill also notes that "nobody did more with less than Duncan, and his performance from 2001-03 becomes more remarkable with time; he won 203 games, two MVPs and an NBA title playing with role players, has-beens, castoffs and young guys who weren't quite ready." He also contends that Robert Horry's career will be studied decades from now, yet still be as inexplicable as ever. Incredibly, Manu ranks second all-time for the regular season (behind Bird) and tied for third all-time for the playoffs (behind Magic and Jordan).

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