Re: The most important stat that nobody seems to use! (PER differential)
>This is the main weakness, but I believe it is minimized by looking at
> "The arbitrary nature of assigning "position" to players makes this
> sort of "differential" computation suspect. A poor-defending player
> will switch off on a poor-scoring player, at any level of play."
>Another good point, I will look closely to see if overall team defense
> > The other problem with PER differential is the team nature of
> > defense. ...
> I would bet that ALL frontcourt players for Detroit have pretty good
> PER-diff., even if they aren't good defenders. Ben and Rasheed
> don't just cover their man, but anyone in the paint."
or a great individual team member has much of an impact on a teammates
per diff. Off the top of my head I can tell you that Steve Francis
still has a negative PER despite the good defense of some of his
>From: "mrintp2000" <shzys@...>Isn't zone played some in the NBA? Don't players play a variety of matchups
>Subject: [APBR_analysis] The most important stat that nobody seems to use!
>Date: Mon, 03 May 2004 23:11:09 -0000
>I've read a lot of the discussion about the PER and many people seem
>to correctly regard it as the best way to measure a players
>production. But even better, is to measure a player production vs. his
>opposing player. This way, defense is correctly valued by the stats
>without an overemphasis on creating defensive stats that don't exist
>or overvaluing unimportant stats. Allow me to illustrate with an
in a game?
Isn't it often hard to classify what position a player really plays (let
alone the position he defends)?
Don't get me wrong - the PER differential can give SOME insight. But we
need to remember the limitations.
I can promise you that Reggie Miller's low opposing SG PER can be greatly
attributed to Ron Artest (and maybe a few others). That's the type of thing
I'm talking about.
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