Stat of the Week

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Published: November 19, 2012
  • Average Player Efficiency Rating (PER) of the four Hornets frontcourt players (Davis, Anderson, Lopez, Smith): 21.1
  • Average PER of the four Hornets backcourt players (Vasquez, Rivers, Roberts, Mason): 11.15

  • To reference Mason’s Standards, 21.1 is smack dab between Great and Elite.
  • 15 is average.
  • 11.15 is between Poor and Bad.

To quote John Hollinger, the creator of PER, the replacement level of a backcourt player is between 10.5 and 11.0. “Replacement level” is a common term in sports analytics for the level of talent readily available to be picked up off the scrap heap. In NBA terms, it’s either a minimum contract guy at the end of the bench or some other team’s bench, a veteran off the free-agent scrap heap or a call-up from the D-League.

9 comments
504ever
504ever

Two things I love about this analysis; - It points out we don't need to add a superstar PG. A average starting PG would be a big improvement, as would a quality back-up SG. - It confirms what we all know about the strength of this team being its frontcourt players and the backcourt, especially without Gordon, being a weakness. Here is how the Hornet's remaining players (SFs) stack up: Aminu: 16.39 Miller 8.69 Thomas 4.79

ballboy458
ballboy458

I dont understand why we would be looking at an "average" PER rating on a group of players, when it is actually an "individual" statistic meter. When looking at PER, it should be looked on a per player basis, specifically when referencing "replacement level" backcourt players. Those numbers can be rather skewed when giving an average, which can lead to unfairly judging an individual player. I would like to see individual PER's. This would provide the true telling statistics. Well, if we want to be judgemental, that is.

Will
Will

Even though I feel it's easy to get too caught up in advanced stats in terms of player ability, these seem like a great representation of where our team is right now.

BRballboy
BRballboy

When thinking positive, Rivers may turn into a starter at PG in a year or 2. Vasquez is ok for now, & makes a good future backup PG. Gordon could come back soon & be a star SG, a major upgrade in our backcourt. Meanwhile, I'm confused about trade deadlines ( Dec 15 ? ) and options should EG not return. I know we can fix our backcourt in the off season, but surely there is something we could do now besides wait on EG. WWDD? What can he?