Dr. Dick’s NBA All Stars

In the last post, we reviewed a method using Z-scores to rank NBA players’ performance. This time, we’ll look at the top thirty players using these scores and create 15 man teams to represent the two conferences.

For The Eastern Conference:

  • G Gilbert Arenas (2)
  • G Jason Kidd (12)
  • F Dwight Howard (11)
  • F LeBron James (8)
  • F Antawn Jamison (13)

The reserves are: Caron Butler (14), Vince Carter (17), David Lee (19), Dwyane Wade (20), Andre Iguodala (21), Michael Redd (23), Emeka Okafor (24), Chauncey Billups (27), Luol Deng (29) and Samuel Dalembert (30).

For the Western Conference:

  • G Steve Nash (5)
  • G Mike Miller (7)
  • F Shawn Marion (1)
  • F Dirk Nowitzki (3)
  • F Kevin Garnett (4)

The reserves are: Elton Brand (6), Kevin Martin (9), Kobe Bryant (10), Tim Duncan (15), Amare Stoudamire (16), Carlos Boozer (18), Shane Battier (22), Jason Terry (25), Ray Allen (26) and Andris Biedrins (28).

Any surprises? Sure. Mike Miller?  Averaging 17.7, 6.2 boards and shooting 47% from the field, while playing 39 minutes per.  Like LeBron he is above average in all but two categories (TOs and blocks + steals).  A fine season, with virtually no chance of making the real All Star team.

How about David Lee?   Averaging a double-double in less than 30 minutes per contest.  Shooting an ungodly 60% from the field.  Not bad for a 23 year old low first rounder.  Certainly deserving of recognition.  And, hey Zeke, how about upping his minutes.

Finally, Andris Biedrins.  Amost the same story as Lee.  Averaging 10.3 points and 9.7 boards, plus blocking better than a shot per.  Also shooting a high percentage: 61.8.  Plus He is only 21!

While this system came up with a few overlooked performers, it also identified most of the league’s high profile studs.   The list presented above would make for a great game.

Tomorrow we’ll take a look at the same methodology, but on a per minute basis rather than cumulative numbers.  Who knows what we might find.

That’s it for now…Dr. Dick

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