Just a few observations.
1. Clutch, founder of CF or not, moderator or not, IS biased.
2. EVERYONE is biased, whether they acknowledge it or not. Every human being starts from a position of biased viewpoints and interpretations. Those biases stem from their own stereotypes, preconceptions, level of knowledge, flawed memories and thought processes.
3. Most people believe they are objective instead of subjective. It is actually the opposite.
4. Most people who think they are being objective, do NOT make serious attempts to strip their observations and memories of their own personal biases.
5. Most people overestimate their own ability to remember and observe a complex series of events. IE, they THINK they understand what's happening on the floor, when in reality they are seeing only a fraction of what is happening on the floor.
6. Most people overestimate their understanding of basketball, whether they are "hardcore" fans or not.
As for the whole "numbers" people vs "eye test" people, of course you have to contextualize numbers with observation of what actually happening on the court. However, what most people consider "watching" the game is actually the most superficial observation of what's happening on the court.
Unless someone is reviewing EVERY play for EVERY player MULTIPLE times and maintaining a RECORD of those plays, then your "impressions" are going to be both flawed and biased. Things often happen WAY too fast on the court to even understand a single play in real time, let alone an entire game. And unless you are doing this exercise for every player, you really are NOT understanding what each player is contributing.
For example, people love to say Lin has a bad TO resulting from a jump pass EVERY game. I did a video break down over a 10 game stretch for Lin including 20/22 available TO's on video from Synergy.
Of those 20 TO's, 4 were jump passes. 4 jump passes over a 10 game stretch, supported by the ACTUAL video play by plays. Yet people still think that Lin is doing a jump pass TO, or even multiple jump pass TO's every game.
Surprised? You shouldn't be.
Then Why is it that people believe Lin makes a bad jump pass every game? It's because our ability to observe, remember and analyze information is fundamentally FLAWED and unreliable.
If you believe that you're able to view a complex series of events while actually correctly remembering and assessing the information, then I present the following exercise.
Here is a video. Watch the video and follow the instructions.
Here is another video. Once again, follow the instructions.
My point is this, the idea that ANYONE can watch a basketball game with 10 players AND a ball in constant motion and have ANY idea of how anyone is actually playing in a game without countless replays and the recording of data of some kind is pretty much crazy.
It's why we have box scores and statistics. It's also why teams and coaches have to review game film multiple times to even begin to understand how their team and individual players played on any given night. And these are basketball lifers who are some of the best coaches in the world with many years of experience breaking down and analyzing games.
Nearly all of us have jobs, real life responsibilities, and limited time to analyze Rockets games. Clutch may spend a LOT of time watching basketball, but does he commit anywhere near the amount of time necessary to break down the play of ANY player on the Rockets? Let alone the Bulk of the players on the team?
Like the rest of us Clutch must go by what his own impressions and flawed memory tells him. And because he is human he will be shaped by his own biases, flawed memory and perception filters.
Clutch may be a hard core Rockets fan, but he's also human.