Forgive me if this topic is in the wrong forum. It didn't seem that relevant to put it in Off Topic, but it may very well go there.
A recent mention of Nicholas Batum's prediction in the "Fantasy Line of the Night" topic had me wondering...
I was just curious on what was the best Fantasy line ever in the NBA? Is there a way to search this through basketball reference? Let's make things simple and restrict it to when blocks and steals were consistently recorded, and let's pretend we are dealing with standard 8 or 9 categories as criteria.
Now the big question is: how do we quantify such an achievement? One obvious example is to use Efficiency. A few of you may remember ESPN hosting a game called VGM (or Fastbreak) where you would choose players (and a coach) based on a salary cap and compete to get the best score. It's a lot like the current pay sites (draftstreet, draftday, etc). You can find out the current NBA leaders in Efficiency per game here. http://www.nba.com/s...litDD=All Teams
Frankly, no matter how you qualify a monster performance, I'm sure there are a few that will top most of the charts regardless of if you use efficiency or a different (reasonable) metric. Also, as with anything, I'm sure there will be a few outliers, e.g.I can see Elmore Smith's 17 block performance scoring very high in a system that highly rewards blocks.
Most people here are more knowledgeable about this topic than me, so I'm curious to hear your responses.
Probably any of the fifteen 5x5 performances could make this list. Some notable ones include Hakeem Olajuwon 29-18-10-5-12, Derek Coleman 21-10-7-7-5, Vlade Divac 19-12-8-5-5, Andrei Kirilenko 19-5-7-8-5. Also worth noting that Hakeem had six 5x5 games. Any of the four quadruple doubles also deserve to be here. David Robinson 34-10-10-2-10, Alvin Robertson 20-10-11-10, Nate Thurmond 22-13-14-12, and I already mentioned Hakeems.
In category leagues, I think #12 would be #1. Hakeem completely filled out the stat sheet with 38 points, 17 rebounds, 6 assists, 7 steals, 12 blocks, on 48% and 71% from the line. Only thing he didn't get was 3's (obviously)
Personally I enjoyed the line Tim Duncan had in the finals clinching game where he was 1 block away from a quadruple-double (if memory serves, checking now). That is a line I have and always will remember.
EDIT: 21 PTs - 20 REB - 10 AST - 8 BLK... so he was 2 BLKs away.
Edited by crazy47larry, 04 January 2013 - 08:01 PM.