Re: nba stats site
- --- In APBR_analysis@yahoogroups.com, "Kevin Pelton" <kpelton08@h...>
> This reminds me of what I found to be the single most valuable bitI wonder how many games Detroit would have won if Rick Carlisle hadn't
> of information from this kind of a statistical breakdown. I'll put
> it in capitals so you don't accidentaly miss it:
> THE STARTING LINEUP MATTERS!
stubbornly started Michael Curry all season long. He had the third
worst Roland rating in the league, showing that whatever his defensive
contributions were, they definitely didn't make up for his complete
lack of offense.
Detroit's starters (who were their most used lineup - and the third
most used lineup in the league) were 28-36 by the site's calculations
while Detroit's overall record was 50-32!
Some of the discrepency comes from Detroit's excellent bench (Barry
and Williamson were among the league leaders in Roland ratings), but
the numbers definitely suggest that Curry was pretty worthless, at
least in a lineup that also featured another all-defense no-offense
player in Ben Wallace (and a third player in Cliff Robinson who wasn't
much better in those regards).
Joe Dumars was smart to trade Curry to prevent Larry Brown from even
getting the chance to give him playing time, and now it looks like
Curry might be starting in Toronto (whose new head coach of course was
the architect of the Pistons defense the past two seasons).