If you might be searching for fascinating rabbit holes to get misplaced in throughout these pandemic occasions, permit me to recommend the buzzer-beaters web page that Basketball Reference launched this season. It lists all 774 photographs in N.B.A. historical past made by gamers whose groups have been tied or trailing within the sport’s ultimate seconds and who left no time on the clock after sinking their sport winners.
There have been 5 such buzzer-beaters this season: Utah’s Bojan Bogdanovic delivered game-winners in November and February — every off a Joe Ingles help — and is joined within the membership with one every by Sacramento’s Nemanja Bjelica, Charlotte’s Malik Monk and Miami’s Jae Crowder (who was with Memphis on the time). Bjelica’s 32-footer in Houston in December was the longest of the 5, which might be confirmed within the distance part of Basketball Reference’s splendidly thorough web page.
Atlanta’s Vince Carter, who turned 43 in January, is the league’s solely energetic participant who was drafted within the 1990s and the one energetic participant born within the 1970s. Carter was the fifth decide within the 1998 draft and joined the Toronto Raptors by way of a draft-night commerce with Golden State, which ended up with Antawn Jamison, Carter’s University of North Carolina teammate.
Two of the six greatest single-season taking pictures percentages in league historical past have been recorded this season — assuming the common season is certainly over. The Knicks’ Mitchell Robinson, as famous beforehand on this part, shot 74.2 p.c from the sector, which might signify a brand new league report, surpassing Wilt Chamberlain’s 72.7 p.c in 1972-73. But Utah’s Rudy Gobert, taking pictures nearly solely on the rim like Robinson, can be near the uncommon air of the .700 Club at 69.eight p.c in 2019-20. The Nets’ DeAndre Jordan posted three seasons within the 70s for the Clippers (2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17) to occupy the Nos. 3-4-5 slots on the profession record.
Charles Garcia, who was featured in our piece about Taiwan’s Super Basketball League, has performed for 21 groups in his 10-year skilled profession. He hung out with 5 groups within the N.B.A. G League, together with a 2011 stint with the Iowa Energy when Nick Nurse led the Energy, just like the Raptors years later, to a championship. Garcia has additionally performed in Turkey, Mexico, Spain, Puerto Rico, Bahrain, South Korea, Iceland, Japan and the Philippines, along with his three stops in Taiwan.