Re: Jordan effect, by position
- Mike --
Efficiency-wise, MJ made quite a few players better. BJ Armstrong,
Steve Kerr, Horace Grant, Scottie Pippen, Toni Kukoc, etc. Sure, he
took possessions from them -- you want him to -- but he took the
defense away from those other guys, making it a lot easier for them to
I looked at it in the book. In general, great players make _some_
teammates better. They don't necessarily make all of them better, nor
do they make them better all the time. The first MJ retirement was
useful for Pippen but getting MJ back was good -- Pippen had declined
in 1993, then needed that time to be The Man in 1994 before being an
even better 2nd banana by 1996. That was roughly the media take back
then and it does seem to be borne out fairly well by numbers.
--- In APBR_analysis@yahoogroups.com, "Mike G" <msg_53@h...> wrote:
> Due to the flood of responses (not to mention the storm of
> controversy) pouring in on this thread, I hardly know where to begin.
> So I'll delve even deeper into the question: Did Michael Jordan
> make his teammates better?
> Perhaps he took from one position (his own?) and gave to others.
> Here are standardized production rate ratios, with/without Jordan in
> succeeding years (SS is sample size):
> position SS Min. Eff% Sco. Reb. Asst P.F. Stl. T.O. Blk. - total
> centers. 23 0.91 0.97 0.89 0.91 0.98 0.99 0.68 0.89 1.02 - 0.92
> forward. 41 0.91 1.00 0.94 0.97 1.03 0.95 0.83 0.88 0.95 - 0.97
> guards . 42 0.99 0.99 0.92 0.92 1.07 0.95 0.91 0.81 0.96 - 0.98
> Most players' productivity was diminished by association with
> Jordan. On the upside, most players got more assists, and fewer
> fouls and turnovers.
> Many of these players had unsalvageable careers. Quite a few were
> at the end.
> Of those whose careers were salvaged, or otherwise prospered under
> Jordan, most received increased minutes; so overall (net)
> productivity draws a different picture.
> Average gain/loss in production per player-season:
> position Pts Reb Ast PF St T.O Bk
> centers. -31 -10 +07 -3 -1 -03 +7
> forward. +13 +11 +21 -8 -3 -06 +3
> guards . +20 -01 +18 -5 -2 -12 +1
> This is production gain/loss in the minutes played, minus the
> production in equal minutes in previous/subsequent season.