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So I don't know what to think about stats.  I've heard the saying, "you can use facts to prove anything you want."  And I agree with it to a certain extent.  I do think stats can have some value, but can also be overused, and misleading.  After watching the Suns and the Lakers in the playoffs, it seems to me (although I'll admit that I have only watched a playoff game here and there) that two of the main targets on this site have been Amare and Kobe.  People argue that when they are named to the all nba first team, (or second or third) that people are overrating them because of their high scoring averages.  I understand this and see how it could be true.  And I'm not sure that Amare and Kobe aren't overrated.

What I do know, it that I disagree with some about the amount that these players are overrated.  Many on this site don't want Amare because he doesn't play defense.  Many people on this site don't think Kobe is a top ten player in the league, and people don't think he is the top player on his team.  I do think Kobe is a little bit overrate (although I think that is mainly because of a slight decline in his play this year) and Amare is overrated a bit too, because he doesn't play good defense, and isn't an amazing rebounder, but watching these guys in the playoffs makes me more sure of my instinct that these players are still elite.  Especially Kobe, is still so clutch and does so much for his team, on defense and offense.  I don't have numbers to back up what I'm saying, which is part of the point I'm trying to make.

Humans are prone to making faulty assessments of situations, which is why stats are used.  They can help you assess a player in a different way than you can by simply watching the game.  Do stats tell a more accurate story?  That is a tough question.  I think that stats help complete the story, but when I watch players like Kobe and Amare in the playoffs, I feel confident in saying that they are very talented, and very good players, who contribute significantly to their team's success.

This FanPost is a submission from a member of the mighty Golden State of Mind community. While we're all here to throw up that W, these words do not necessarily reflect the views of the GSoM Crew. Still, chances are the preceding post is Unstoppable Baby!

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