Love Is Blind: NBA Edition With Brian Scalabrine

By , RADIO.COM

If you haven’t seen the new Netflix series Love Is Blind, you’re missing out on the reality drama that has taken the internet by storm.

The premise basically consists of 10 random guys speed dating 10 random girls with the hopes of eventually proposing to them at the end of a ridiculously short timespan, with the marriage coming just weeks later. Sound ridiculous enough yet? There’s also the “blind” component, which is representative of the fact that each eventual couple must fall in love without ever seeing each other. All dates are held in confined rooms where the two daters are separated by a wall, thus preventing any visual contact from being made.

The craziest part (besides the fact that it’s actually a very compelling show) is that, for some participants, it worked! So, “Scal and Pals” co-host Steve Ceruti decided to put Brian Scalabrine to the test and make him “blindly” choose between two NBA players based solely off their stats. No team hints. No pictures. No context.

Play along and see if you agree with Scal in his selections (see video above and listen to the full podcast for more), and try out a few other examples we crafted here at RADIO.COM Sports!

All stats courtesy of Basketball Reference. Answers revealed at the end.

Scenario 1

The following stats are these two players’ points per 75 possessions in order to take playing time out of the equation.

Player A: 51.7 points scored + points produced by assists; 8.0 rebounds; 2.3 3Pt. made; 1.3 steals; 0.5 blocks; +10.6 net rating

Player B: 49.6 points scored + points produced by assists; 13.0 rebounds; 1.6 3Pt. made; 1.2 steals; 1.2 blocks; +17.1 net rating

Scal’s Pick: Player B

Scenario 1: Answer

LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo
LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Photo credit USA Today

Player A = 2019-20 LeBron James | Player B = 2019-20 Giannis Antetokounmpo

Scenario 2

The following stats are per 36 minutes to even out playing time.

Player A: 30.1 points; 8.5 rebounds; 2.7 assists; 0.9 steals; 0.4 blocks; 59% FG; 42% 3Pt.; +11.1 net rating

Player B: 27.6 points; 9.9 rebounds; 3.4 assists; 1.6 steals; 2.6 blocks 51% FG; 32.4% 3Pt.; +6.1 net rating

Scal’s Pick: Player A

Scenario 2: Answer

Zion Williamson and Anthony Davis
Zion Williamson fights through the defense of Anthony Davis. Photo credit USA Today

Player A = 2019-20 Zion Williamson | Player B = 2019-20 Anthony Davis

Scenario 3
The following stats are per 100 possessions in order to take playing time out of the equation.

Player A: 29 points; 9.6 rebounds; 8.8 assists; 45% FG; 2.4 steals; 0.8 blocks; +5.7 net rating

Player B: 22.7 points; 10.6 rebounds; 11.1 assists; 59% FG; 2.9 steals; 0.8 blocks; +2.2 net rating

Scal’s Pick: Player B

Scenario 3: Answer

Ben Simmons and Jimmy Butler
Ben Simmons looks on as Jimmy Butler shoots a free throw. Photo credit USA Today

Player A = 2019-20 Jimmy Butler | Player B = 2019-20 Ben Simmons

Scenario 4
The following stats are per game for the 2019-2020 season.

Player A: 22 points; 5.1 rebounds; 3.6 assists; 44.5% FG; 33.1% 3Pt.; 1.9 steals + blocks; On-Off Split +2.2

Player B: 20.5 points; 6.7 rebounds; 6.2 assists; 49.1% FG; 38.2% 3Pt.; 1.4 steals + blocks; On-Off Split -2.5

Scal’s Pick: Player B

Scenario 4: Answer

Andrew Wiggins and Jaylen Brown
Andrew Wiggins watches as Jaylen Brown throws down a dunk. Photo credit USA Today

Player A = 2019-20 Andrew Wiggins | Player B = 2019-20 Jaylen Brown

Now, try these on your own!

Scenario 5
The following stats are per 36 minutes.

Player A: 31.1 points; 10.2 rebounds; 9.6 assists; 1.1 steals; 0.2 blocks; 46.1% FG; 31.5% 3Pt. on 9.8 attempts

Player B: 23.1 points; 6.2 rebounds; 6.1 assists; 1.9 steals; 0.6 blocks; 47.2%; 35.1% 3Pt. on 3.3 attempts

Scenario 5: Answer

LeBron James and Luke Doncic
LeBron James and Luke Doncic Photo credit USA Today

Player A = 21-Year-Old Luka Doncic | Player B = 21-Year-Old LeBron James

Scenario 6
The following stats are per 36 minutes.

Player A: 26.2 points; 7.2 rebounds; 4.7 assists; 1.6 steals; 0.6 blocks; 43% FG; 40.1% 3Pt. on 10.1 attempts

Player B: 25.2 points; 7.6 rebounds; 5.0 assists; 1.2 steals; 0.2 rebounds; 50.3% FG; 43% 3Pt. on 6.8 attempts

Scenario 6: Answer

Paul George and Khris Middleton
Paul George backs down Khris Middleton. Photo credit USA Today

Player A = 2019-2020 Paul George | Player B = 2019-2020 Khris Middleton

Scenario 7
The following stats are per game.

Player A: 18.6 points; 3.9 rebounds; 5.8 assists; 1.5 steals; 48% FG; 44.2% 3Pt. on 4.8 attempts; 93.4% FT

Player B: 29.6 points; 4.3 rebounds; 9.3 assists; 43.9% FG; 36.0% 3Pt. on 9.4 attempts; 86.4% FT

Scenario 7: Answer

Trae Young and Steph Curry
Trae Young attempts to drive past Steph Curry. Photo credit USA Today

Player A = Second-Year Steph Curry | Player B = Second-Year Trae Young

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