Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Bibby: Practice?! What are you talking about, practice?

Um, did this Joe Davidson piece in today's Bee on Bibby's basketball camp make anyone else throw up this morning?

First, we find out that doing some shooting drills with 8-year-olds is "pretty much the extent of Bibby's basketball the rest of this summer." Then, Davidson tells us that last year was Bibby's best season.

Um, no. Bibby may have scored more points than in any other season, but that's it. Davidson mistakenly writes that he pulled 6.8 rebounds a game, when he actually got 4.2 (which is, nonetheless, a career-high). He had 6.8 assists a game (which is how we're guessing the mix-up happened) - his top number while with the Kings (he twice averaged more than 8 assists/game with Vancouver).

But very few who watched the Kings last year would say it was Bibby's best campaign. Mike was far better in 2004, when he nearly averaged the same points per game with a significantly better shooting percentage, free throw percentage and turnover rate. And he had two more win shares in 2004 than 2005.

And you really can't ignore the playoffs both years - isn't that part of the reason we signed Mike longterm? He shot 39% in the Sonic's series a few months ago, and 43% in the 2004 postseason. He was 22% from behind the arc in 2005's postseason and 44% in 2004. He just kinda sucked against the Sonics, and we're (ha! we) paying him to shine in the spotlight.

So yeah, Bibby was better in 2004 than in 2005. Any dissenting opinions?

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Tom Ziller

The Sacramento Kings are a tough act to follow, literally.

SKB does the dirty work so you can forget about the blood, sweat and tears.

Oh, you'll still need the tears in April, though.

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