Standardizing Advanced Statistics

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Published: November 10, 2012

In order to provide a point of reference for the many advanced statistical categories, we have created a chart that differentiates, by position, the good from the bad.

Below is a chart that attempts to standardize some of the advanced statistical categories to allow people to easily distinguish, in a nutshell, what is good from what is not. If an advanced statistic is referenced with which you are unfamiliar, refer to this post to help determine how to interpret it.

Standardizing Advanced Statistics

When utilizing this guide, remember to look at all statistics in the proper context. For example, the listed levels of assist rate are given with their respective positions in mind; while a 55% AR for a PG would be considered elite, an 18% AR for a center would be almost equally impressive (Marc Gasol had an assist rate right around 20% last season). Similarly, while a DRR of 12% would be considered very bad for a big man, a similar DRR for a guard would actually be viewed as a strong mark by most people (James Harden had a defensive rebound rate of just over 12% last season).

As always, leave any questions in the comments section, and we will be sure to address them as soon as possible.

34 Comments

  1. Cornerstone

    November 10, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Possible typo in the elite win shares/48 row?

    • Mason Ginsberg

      November 10, 2012 at 9:18 am

      It is indeed. Will fix later on today; thanks.

  2. MilwaukeeHornet

    November 10, 2012 at 9:30 am

    We need Gerrity back to explain more about how he’d trade Ryan Anderson for Bismark Biyimbo LOL.

    • Jason Calmes

      November 10, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      This is on topic how?

      Perhaps post some advanced stats about the two players.

      Thanks.

  3. MilwaukeeHornet

    November 10, 2012 at 9:34 am

    All kidding aside, now that we’ve had an extended look at what an aggressive, passionate, capable NBA center can bring to our side… I would absolutely kill to see a breakdown that quantitatively shows what a huge gaping wussy that Emeka Okafor was compared to Lopez.

    I know it’s tricky to show the full impact of a center (for example, Tyson Chandler was a more important piece to our best teams than David West, but stats didn’t really bear that out) but I’d love to see somebody try.

  4. Harry

    November 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Very helpful. Been meaning to familiarise myself with what’s good and what not when it comes to adv. stats so this has saved me plenty of time. Thank you.

  5. Eric Forman

    November 10, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    This will certainly come in handy during the season. Thanks!

  6. Cornerstone

    November 11, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Which PER is this referencing? 3 different sites have 3 different numbers.

  7. usufruct

    November 11, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    I’ve got a very basic question. Could yall define these stats, please? I know how some of them are derived but not all. Thanks.

    • Jason Calmes

      November 11, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      Here’s a link to part 3 in a series which has links to the other parts in the series:

      http://www.hornets247.com/tag/advanced-stats-tutorial/

      If this isn’t what you want, write back.

      FYI, we’re making a season-long push to make these so-called advanced stats just stats.

      There will be a good deal of discussion.

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