This article is actually from 2009, so it's a little old, but I think still very relevent: http://deadspin.com/5345287/the-conf...ba-scorekeeper
In it, a scorekeeper for the then Vancouver Grizzlies talks about how he was instructed to be 'liberal' when giving stats, especially to their own players, but sometimes to other players as well. He notes one example when Hakeem was a block away from a triple-double and one of his bosses told him to make sure Hakeem got the triple-double (which he actually did get without help from the scorekeeper). But this went on a lot. In protest the scorekeeper actually over-awarded assists to Nick Van Excel one night (23) and expected to get scolded for it, but he didn't. Nobody even brought it up. The gys above thought it was good press to the team to make it on 'sports centre' even if it was showing how the team got taken to town by another player.
Do these stats impact the out come of the game? No. But they can make a player looker better than he is, or in the case of the Clippers, worse than he is. The Clippers' scorekeepers actually gave their players less assists than the road scorekeepers did. Why? There are a couple of reasons, one is to lower the value of your own free agents so they are easier to sign and other teams don't offer them as much.
And adversley, teams can be inclined to up a guy's stats to improve his trade value.
How are stats impacted? Well... things like FGA and FG made, they are pretty objective. But assists, steals and blocks can be very subjective.
Rodman for example, apparently got a lot of rebounds for tipping the ball out to players on the wing. When award the rebound the scorekeeper can either award it to the guy who tipped it, or the guy who caught the tip. I believe they could also count it as a 'team' rebound. They used to have 'team' rebounds, not sure if they still do.
Likewise for steals, a player could tip the ball, and another player on his team could pick it up. Either player can be attributed with the steal.
Assists are the trickiest ones. A PG sees a guy is open and throws him the ball. The defender comes at him and the guy drives to the basket with two dribble after a head fake. Does the PG get an assist? Or the PG dumps it into a post player who takes two dribbles as he steps in and the does a turnaroudn hook. Is that an assist? Some would say yes, and some would say no. So here is where the numbers can get inflated.
Blocks, I think would seem pretty objective, but the guy in the article says they could fudge them as well.
Thoughts? Do people intentionally inflate stats? Are the numbers that guys like Stockton and Rodman put up questionable? Does this impact any current players who are getting the benefit of generous scorekeepers?
What are your thoughts?