Crazy Stat of the Day

John Salmons

On Wednesday night, John Salmons played 21 minutes and put up these stats:
0-4 FGs, 0-0 FT, 0 Pts, 0 Reb, 0 Ast, 0 Stl, 0 Blk, 0 turnovers, 0 fouls

What the hell was he doing out there? Anyway, here’s the crazy thing… the Kings lost yet Salmons had +/- rating of +9! Second on the team to Justin Williams (+11), who only had 4 points in 23 minutes.

Weird…

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NBA Players Most Valuable to Their Team

Which players in the NBA are the difference makers for their teams?

This is a tough question to answer, but luckily for us the fantastic site 82Games does most of this work for us!

82Games calculates adjusted plus/minus (called Roland Rating) which they explain:

While some are content to use conventional stats like points, rebounds, and field goal percentage in assessing player contributions, a better gauge of a player’s worth to a specific team might come from looking at the difference in how the team plays with the player on court versus performance with the player off court. This rating isn’t an absolute measure of a player’s ability, but it does represent how successful a player is with a given team. In general the player with the best Roland Rating on a team is the difference maker (exclude the guys who play a statistically insignificant number of minutes). When the top guy is on the floor the team performs at a much higher level.

So basically, this number represents how much of a difference each player makes for their respective team when they are on the court. The higher the number, the more positive a difference that player makes. As of 1/22, 38 players in the NBA have a Roland Rating of +5.0 or better. (Note: includes only players who have played at least 50% of team’s minutes)

1. Lebron James – 18.3
2. Kevin Garnett – 16.2
3. Chauncey Billups – 14.1
4. Chris Paul – 13.9
5. Kobe Bryant – 13.6
6. Dirk Nowitzki – 13.3
7. Manu Ginobili – 12.8
8. Steve Nash – 12.7
9 Antawn Jamison – 12.3
10. Dwight Howard – 12.2
11. Chris Bosh – 11.5
12. Paul Pierce – 10.8
12. Baron Davis – 10.8
14. Andrew Bynum – 10.7
15. Allen Iverson – 10.1
16. Caron Butler – 9.9
17. David West – 8.8
18. Shawn Marion – 8.1
18. Josh Howard 8.1
20. Tim Duncan – 7.7
21. Dwyane Wade – 7.6
22. Pau Gasol – 7.2
23. Marcus Camby – 7.0
23. Corey Maggette – 7.0
25. Yao Ming – 6.8
26. Tony Parker – 6.7
27. Amare Stoudamire – 5.9
27. Mike Dunleavy – 5.9
29. Michael Redd – 5.8
30. Vince Carter – 5.7
30. Carlos Boozer – 5.7
32. Rashard Lewis – 5.6
33. Grant Hill – 5.2
34. Ray Allen – 5.1
35. Josh Smith – 5.0
35. Devin Harris – 5.0
35. Tayshaun Prince – 5.0
35. Brendan Haywood – 5.0