One small point that I want to add about Richard Hamilton. In my
version of WINVAL (using data from last season and this season),
Hamilton is nothing special. He comes in just barely above a
replacement player and his defensive rating is among the worst in the
entire League. In fact, while he was pretty highly rated using just
last season's data, now his WINVAL rating is lower than that project
by his statistics alone.
For those of you interested in seeing these updated numbers, I
apologize for not getting them prepared more quickly. I have been
quite busy the last couple of weeks and just have not had time to put
together the documentation for these new results.
--- In APBR_analysis@yahoogroups.com
, "John Hollinger"
> As much as it as the PRESENCE of Hunter, I think it's also the
> ABSENCE of Richard "Winval" Hamilton from the starting five. He's
> pretty clearly the worst defender on the team (with possible
> exception of Williamson), so replacing him almost has to help.
> Another underrated factor: Replacing Okur with Rasheed Wallace
> Ben Wallace isn't playing power forward any more, which means he
> play closer to the basket and get more blocks and rebounds. He's
> a MUCH better defender when he's not forced out onto the perimeter -
> for some reason once he leaves the key he goes for nearly every
> --- In APBR_analysis@yahoogroups.com, "Kevin Pelton"
> > > It could be Rasheed, as the defense has not had a bad game
> > > arrived. Note, however, that he arrived several games before
> > > crazy run.
> > >
> > > Hunter could be part, too, but, unlike Wallace, I would not
> > > such a huge difference from him. I'd have to look into this
> > Having seen in person one of their ridiculously good defensive
> games -
> > - holding the Sonics to a franchise-record-tying 65 points -- I
> > Hunter deserves a lot of the credit. He had six steals in that
> > and really did an outstanding job of bodying up Flip Murray,
> > him the ball and playing him physically when he did have the
> > was very, very impressed by Hunter's defense.
> > 82games has the Pistons 7.1 points per 100 possessions better
> > Hunter in the lineup. Obviously, a lot of that has been built up
> > lately -- nearly half of his minutes played this season have come
> > over the last six games -- but that's still quite impressive.
> > (Of course, the Pistons are an even crazier 12.5 points per 100
> > possessions better with the other Wallace in the lineup.)
> > > The competition isn't that much worse than normal, esp when
> > > accounting for road games. But it would be remarkable if they
> > > could keep this up.
> > One thing that is worth pointing out is that they've faced some
> > with key players out -- Allen had the flu for the Sonics, while
> > Iverson refused to play for Philadelphia.
> > They've also faced some teams that are all but tanking at this
> > of the season. Chicago basically *is* tanking, while the Sonics
> > Nuggets have both been significantly worse than their season
> > performance during the last month or so.