But that is exactly what Tom Haberstroh of ESPN and HoopData.com fame is saying. He and his crack team of statisticians have compiled a list of the bottom top five worst players for each team in the history of the NBA (Insider Only).
Scal won (?) the honors but rounding out the list were Lou Tsioropoulos, Andy Phillip, Jim Loscutoff, and Acie Earl. This kind of analysis is yet another reason why the infamous Belichickean mantra “stats of are for losers” is so important.
This analysis does not take into consideration leadership, how good of a teammate a player is/was, locker room influence, and fan favorite status. Pretty much everything Brian Scalabrine embodies. It also does not take in to consideration isolated incidents of brilliance, ie: Scals countless moments of making the right basketball play at the right time. Scalabrine’s basketball IQ is off the charts which makes up for his abysmal athleticism.
If you cannot think of any of the “countless moments” I mentioned before, just think back to Game 7 of the Finals with a minute to go in the half. Scalabrine enters the game after having worn street clothes for nearly the entire playoffs and completely shuts down Lamar Odom on a isolation play.
Scalabrine was not very productive in his tenure with the C’s, but worst?
I’d say hardly.