I just posted this in another thread, but it belongs here.
Mindless analytics masquerading as legitimate information and hype at the same time. Every highlight these days is punctuated with, "Per stat site, so and so is the first player ever to have 20-5-5 and two blocks on the second night of a back to back on a Tuesday." And? How is that insightful at all? Are people fooled by this nonsense analytics hype? Statistical anomalies do not make history. Besides the fact that the NBA is more wide open than it's ever been, so stats are completely skewed now. If a team even 15 years ago attempted as many threes as the average team does now, people would think the coach was insane. "This guy (who at best will probably finish his career with two all-star selections) is THE FIRST PLAYER IN HISTORY TO _________." Well, I guess we've found the goat, folks. First guy ever to do something like that.
My favorite example of this is in football, when they have those wild analytics after the fact. "There was only a 19% chance of him catching that ball." It already happened. It 100% happened, and we can see it was a tough catch. These numbers are meaningless. It's not like you can incorporate that into your game plan in a way different from what you're already doing. "It's probably a bad idea to throw into double coverage. And if that doesn't convince you, do the math. There's only a 12% chance it results in a completion." "Well, since you put it that way, coach..."
When the Chiefs' offense took the field late on Sunday night down 4 against LAC, there was some graphic somewhere that put their chances of winning at something like 26%. A few problems with that probability: it's Patrick Mahomes, and Travis Kelce, and Andy Reid. Against the Chargers. Needless to say, they beat the odds.