NBA Per Minute Observations

In the previous two posts a method using z-scores for ranking NBA players was introduced, followed by ordaining Dr. Dick’s NBA All Stars. Today we take the z-score methodology and apply it to NBA per minute data for the first half of the season.

The advantage of per minute data is that it washes away the advantage top players have of simply being on the floor for 30-40 minutes per game and allows us to compare the performances of rookies, bench players and those who have succumbed to injury with their minutes-blessed teammates.

So here is what was done. All player with 100 minutes played (376 players) were included in the study. Z-scores were then calculated for nine categories (see the two previous posts for an explanation):

  1. FG Percentage
  2. FT Percentage
  3. Rebounds per minute
  4. Blocks + Steals per minute
  5. Three Pointers per minute
  6. Points per shot
  7. Turnovers per minute (negative weighting)
  8. Points per minute
  9. Assists per minute

As discussed in the previous posts, the z-scores for each player in each category were calculated. Then those scores were added together to create an overall score for each player.

The top ten scores were earned by:

  1. Brian Cardinal
  2. Steve Nash
  3. Dirk Nowitzki
  4. Maceo Baston
  5. Shawn Marion
  6. Manu Ginobli
  7. Alan Henderson
  8. Rashard Lewis
  9. Gilbert Arenas
  10. Amare Stoudamire

The three low minute players in that group were Cardinal, Baston and Henderson.  Tomorrow we’ll take a look at why they rate so high and why they are not playing more minutes.
As for the other end of the spectrum, who are the players with at least 800 minutes played (20 per contest) who are the poorest performers?

  1. Jason Collins
  2. Eric Snow
  3. Antoine Walker
  4. Desmond Mason
  5. Kenny Thomas
  6. Adam Morrison
  7. Tony Battie
  8. Willie Green
  9. Dahntay Jones
  10. Kevin Ollie

Later in the week we’ll take a look at why these players are allowed on the floor and who their coaches should replace them with.

That’s it for now…Dr. Dick

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