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Tommy Heinsohn's take on the low shooting percentages of the 50's & 60's

 As always, I find the tweets of @frostybias fascinating. This one got my particular attention.

Out of curiosity, I compared the Celtics team from the 1964-65 season to the present 2021-22 crew. I compared "Field Goals Attempted" and "Field Goal Percentage" from both versions of The Green. Some of what Tommy proposed holds true, but I don't think that tells the whole story. Here are the stats looking at the top-8 players in minutes-played from both the old and the new:

FIELD GOALS ATTEMPTED

THE OLD: 101.0 FIELD GOALS ATTEMPTED PER GAME

THE NEW: 93.5 FIELD GOALS ATTEMPTED PER GAME

 Okay, so the 64-65 team attempted an average of 7.5 shots per game. Now let's look at the percentages:

FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE

THE OLD: .420

THE NEW: .480

What's in question with the FG% numbers? Well, there was no 3-point shot in the mid-60's, opening up the stance that the accuracy numbers are even further apart than they appear

I watched the most Celtics games in person in the mid-60's at the Old Garden and fast breaks by Boston were a "given". I fondly recall Heinsohn running the floor - circling the ball around his body - and laying it up while being guarded by the 76ers' Luke Jackson

Tommy's argument has validity, but my take is that today's players are more athletic - have better hand/eye coordination - and can put that ball, through the hoop with more precision that the players of the past. What think you, my readers?



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