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The Efficiency Stat and Ben Ball

As a stat junkie I felt bad about missing the +/- discussion (darned Baja California vacation) and decided I might throw out a statistic that I find less precarious.  Over at NBA.com, a player's "efficiency" is quantified thusly: ((Points + Rebounds + Assists + Steals + Blocks) - ((Field Goals Att. - Field Goals Made) + (Free Throws Att. - Free Throws Made) + Turnovers)).

Typically the league leaders in "efficiency" also manage to lead the league in MVP votes.  Here are last year's leaders in Efficiency per 48 minutes (amongst players that played more than 40 games):

1. Lebron James 2. Chris Paul 3. Dwayne Wade 4. Dwight Howard 5. Tim Duncan 6. Yao Ming 7. Andris Biedrins 8. Al Jefferson 9. Shaquille O'Neal 10. Kevin Garnett

If nothing else, this stat does a solid job of determining which players have the strongest positive influence (statistically speaking) on their teams.  That's why I wasn't surprised when I ran the efficiency numbers (per 40 minutes) for our squad through the Wazzu game and came up with the following:

 

Name

EFF/40

Reeves Nelson

21.15

Tyler Honeycutt

16.08

Malcolm Lee

15.23

Michael Roll

13.60

Nikola Dragovic

12.44

James Keefe

11.32

Jerime Anderson

10.92



I think the above chart more accurately reflects the value of each player in our current rotation.  The only major flaw I see in this stat is its inability to account for the defensive downside of players (I'm thinking of a certain slow-footed Serbian).  

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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