Sunday, April 24, 2016

Top NBA Playoff Performers of the 1960's


With the NBA playoffs upon us it might be fun to review the standout performances down through pro-basketball history.  
To find the most valuable scorers in each postseason we can rely on 'NET Points'.  
Instead of looking at the players with the most points or highest shooting percentages a metric like NET Points combines both.  Scoring volume is represented by points.  Shooting efficiency is represented by shot attempts.  To find NET Points just subtract shots from points scored.
When looking at the scoring leaders take note of the margin between players within each playoffs.  It could be argued that Elgin Baylor's 1960 was more dominant than Wilt Chamberlain's five years later even though he had fewer NET Points.  This is because the NBA as a whole shot a higher percentage in '65 giving Wilt some serious competition.  The 76'ers big man produced two more NET Points than Jerry West in those playoffs while in '60 Baylor produced fifteen more than runner-up Bob Pettit.

Top NBA Playoff Performers of the
1960's ranked by NET Points


Playoffs Team Games NET POINTS Points/Game
Elgin Baylor 1960 MNL 9 26 33
Bob Pettit 1960 STL 14 11 26






Elgin Baylor 1961 LAL 12 33 38
Jerry West 1961 LAL 12 26 23
Bill Sharman 1961 BOS 10 19 17






Jerry West 1962 LAL 13 33 31
Oscar Robertson 1962 CIN 4 17 29






Oscar Robertson 1963 CIN 12 49 32
Jerry West 1963 LAL 13 32 28
Bob Pettit 1963 STL 11 28 32
Dick Barnett 1963 LAL 13 25 17
Sam Jones 1963 BOS 13 24 24



Playoffs Team Games NET POINTS Points/Game
Oscar Robertson 1964 CIN 10 35 29
Wilt Chamberlain 1964 SFW 12 33 35
Sam Jones 1964 BOS 10 22 23
Jerry West 1964 LAL 5 18 31






Wilt Chamberlain 1965 PHI 11 30 29
Jerry West 1965 LAL 11 28 41
Bailey Howell 1965 BAL 9 26 21
Don Ohl 1965 BAL 10 19 26






Jerry West 1966 LAL 14 67 34
Sam Jones 1966 BOS 17 19 25







Playoffs Team Games NET POINTS Points/Game
Chet Walker 1967 PHI 15 28 22
Wilt Chamberlain 1967 PHI 15 28 22
Willis Reed 1967 NYK 4 19 28
Oscar Robertson 1967 CIN 4 19 25






Jerry West 1968 LAL 15 75 31
Bailey Howell 1968 BOS 19 33 18
Don Nelson 1968 BOS 19 29 12
Cazzie Russell 1968 NYK 6 21 22
Jeff Mullins 1968 SFW 10 21 25
John Havlicek 1968 BOS 19 20 26






Jerry West 1969 LAL 18 43 31
Don Nelson 1969 BOS 18 30 12
Willis Reed 1969 NYK 10 28 26
Elvin Hayes 1969 SDR 6 18 26
  
Italics indicates annual leader

Bold indicates decade record

*Thanks to the Basketball-Reference Play Index

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