Stat Padding & What it means
If it’s something I’ve paid more attention to lately, it’s blowout games, with Star players still in the game. “In sports, stat padding is an action that improves a player’s statistics despite being of little benefit to his or her team or its chance of winning.” Now the 4 major sports are Team Sports, not individual like Golf or Tennis. I get that some players was to build a name for themselves and achieve high statistics, sure that’s fine. Think about what it does to the team though.
Let’s start with Tom Brady who recently caught my eye. I believe it was week 2 when the Pats took on the Dolphins. The game was a complete massacre. The Pats won 43-0. Now I’m all for playing until the clock hits 00:00 but I’m not for risking injury.
But Brady staying in the game, 4th quarter, 5 minutes left in game, also game out of reach for Dolphins. You’re risking injury to your future Hall of Fame QB for a petty week 2 game that’s completely out of reach when your goal every year is to win a Super Bowl. Brady should’ve sat on the bench, and let back up QB Jarrett Stidham get some playing time because you just never know what can happen. Could’ve been Belichick or Brady but either way, whoever decided that was just wanting Brady to Stat Pad. Brady is the greatest and most winning QB to ever play. There’s a few records left that Brady hasn’t broke yet and he’s going to make sure he takes care of that and won’t retire until he does.
Emmitt Smith next. No doubt Smith is one of the greatest Running backs of all time, but he wanted to compete at a high level and break records of Walter “Sweetness” Payton. Holding records of 18,355 rushing yards and 164 rushing touchdowns. While Walter has 16,726 with 110 touchdowns. Obviously Smith had the better QB but personal accolades were more important. Smith had won rings already so he was more interested in upping his numbers to be the All Time Great. He was released from the Cowboys because they wanted to go younger, he felt he still had some left in the tank, signed with Arizona and finished chasing awards.
Probably the biggest Stat padder in all Sports is Russell Westbrook. He’s damn near even admitted to it too.
Westbrook is a good player no doubt, but he’ll never be the best Point Guard. You can question why Kevin Durant left for the Warriors, but I’m guessing he was sick of Russell. The way that OKC team was set up, they should’ve won some titles. I understand going against LeBron James was tough, but they never made the Finals again and before KD left they traded James Harden, another stat padder but also another MVP. You can see why that team didn’t succeed the way they should’ve. Broodie won an MVP but mostly because of having the most Triple-Doubles in a season. I doubt Broodie will change his ways while on his new team with the Houston Rockets, alongside former teammate James Harden.
James Harden of the Houston Rockets.
Harden was most likely robbed of MVP but managed to so far collect 1 in his career. It’s cocky that this year Harden was once again nominated for MVP but lost to Bucks Forward Giannis Antetokounmpo. As he should have too, Giannis led his team to the best record in the NBA and was an all around better player for his team. Giannis led his team to win more and if it meant taking a step back or carrying the team on his back, he did what he had to do. Harden is clutch but has given up in big time games, in the playoffs especially. Remember me saying I’m all for playing the game until the end, he failed to do so. Harden cried that he deserved MVP more than Harden did. James isn’t a 2 way player like Giannis is so Giannis deserved this award.
One can only wait and tell what will happen with Russell Westbrook & James Harden on the same team.
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Also To Be Continued so stay tuned!