We constantly compare today’s stats to the past, but these aren’t fair comparisons. Rule changes and tactics have inflated or deflated stats in different eras. This video explores the history of those rule changes and how they have radically influenced NBA stats across different time periods, before presenting a handful of ways to adjust stats to today’s norms.
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TEAM REBOUNDING: Before 1969, the NBA counted misses that were whistled dead before a live-ball rebound (“team rebounds”) in a team’s rebounding total. For instance, during the 1962 season, players were credited with 61.7 rebounds per game (per team), but teams were credited with the 71.4 per game shown in the video. After 1969, these rebounds weren’t counted in team totals and set aside as “team rebounds.” More on historical rebounding here: https://forums.realgm.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=344&t=955514
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