The Chet Holmgren self-lob mystery
Is it an assist? A missed shot? No one seems to know.
Chet Holmgren took a page out of Tracy McGrady’s book on Thursday night. And it was glorious.
After getting stuck in a one-on-one on Ivica Zubac near the foul line, Holmgren lobbed it to himself off the backboard and smashed a two-handed jam. It was awesome.
It’s also a mystery.
Is that an assist? He was clearly passing to himself.
If so, that should be recorded as:
Chet Holmgren makes dunk (assisted by Chet Holmgren).
But I could also see it being recorded as a missed shot and putback.
Chet Holmgren misses 12-footer.
Chet Holmgren offensive rebound.
Chet Holmgren makes dunk.
I checked the play-by-play. And here’s what I found:
I need to get to the bottom of this. I wanted to see how Tracy McGrady’s famous one from the 2002 All-Star game was registered in the scorebook. I know we have play-by-play data going back to 1996-97, but the T-Mac one took place in an exhibition. I looked it up.
I went searching for clues in the box score. If McGrady tallied a zero in the assist or offensive rebound column, we could eliminate those options. No dice.
Alright, going to have to take a different route.
I stumbled upon a YouTube clip ranking the 15 self alley-oop dunks EVER.
Oh this is super helpful. A bunch of plays here to look up. That Andre Iguodala one?
Here was the play-by-play:
There was nothing different about the Iguodala one, but it was recorded differently.
OK, let’s look at another one.
Kobe Bryant in the 2008 playoffs against Utah?
What about LeBron James in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals?