Best of The NBA
Who is the greatest basketball player in the NBA? Who’s better, Kevin Love, Kevin Garnett, or Kevin Durant? Who is the best player under 22? All these questions and more are answered through an updated metric.
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Before I get to the All-NBA list, let me update my article about Win Shares. When I weighted players by position, I only considered three positions: Center, Forward, and Guard. However, since then, I have updated my rankings to differentiate between shooting guards and point guards, and between small and power forwards. Here are the different weights for each position:
PG 1.34SG 1.43SF 1.04PF 0.78C 0.71
At first I was just going to announce this fix and be done with it, but that wouldn’t be nearly interesting enough for me. Instead, I decided to put together my personal All-NBA teams, using the new data. Without further ado, here are the teams:
First Team Second Team Third TeamPG Jason Kidd Chris Paul Steve NashSG Manu Ginobili Dwyane Wade Mike MillerSF LeBron James Kevin Durant Andrei KirilenkoPF Marcus Camby Kevin Love Tim DuncanC Dwight Howard David Lee Joakim Noah
Notes: The average age for the first team is 30.4; for the second team, it’s 24… Each team has at least one member of the New Heat… Where are those championship Lakers? Pau Gasol narrowly lost out on being a third-team power forward; Tim Duncan was 0.45 points of Win Score better per 48 minutes.
Something that is always interesting is to try to project the “Stars of the Future.” Here is a list of players who may not be able to drink yet, but have a bright future in the NBA…Want more? Read the full article here.