Roster Breakdown by player across the season so far

Little busy tonight so this post is exactly what the title says. We’re being literal tonight.

Literal Cat Scan

The table that follows takes the average WP (for every two week period of the season) of every player who’s played more than 800 minutes for a team this season and sorts it by teams and by minutes played.

And it looks pretty.

Why did I do this? One of my readers asked if minutes allocation played a part in the Wizards woes this season. The short answer is no.

Back to work.

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  1. SB
    February 17


    Very interesting. Thanks for doing this. The data on the Wizards does show Blatche has a lower WP48 and is getting more minutes than the other starters, particularly more than McGee. But since the team’s talent overall is lacking I guess your point is that the playing minutes allocation is probably not enough of an issue to make much of a difference on the team’s record. It seems it might make a difference of a few wins though. Interestingly, your data show Blatche seems to have played better recently, while McGee, possibly because of injury or lack of playing time (which affects productivity) has not played as well as before.

    And whatever lack of playing time Kevin Love might have experienced early in the season, must have disappeared later on.

    Breaking it up the way you did seems to yield other observations. For example, we can see how young players may progress over the course of a season. It looks like both John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins have played much better the last month than they did the first month of the season, if I’m reading that correctly. This type of breakdown might give us an idea of which players are good at learning on the job and, therefore, might be poised for further improvement over the next few years, and which ones are not as likely to becoming outstanding players.

  2. February 17

    Fun for me to do as well. With this kind of tool you can look at progress for players, you can see injuries and opportunities in terms of matchups (i’d love to do a defensive one of these as well.

    Take a look at Blair and Durant for example. Both started poorly but are now back. Kevin Love is actually improving ( he is only 22 right now).

    Dirk and Kobe both looked hurt and are now better.

  3. Man of Steele
    February 17

    I think Blair’s swing has been at least primarily due to playing time. Early in the season he would play 12-15 minutes a game for a week at a time. Now, Gregg Popovich has finally latched onto the idea of playing him 30 minutes a game.

  4. […] Galletti takes the average Wins Produced (for every two week period of the season) of every player who’s played more than 800 minutes […]

  5. Chicago Tim
    February 18

    Arturo, can you do me a favor and investigate an allegation by Sam Smith that Rodman was a fraud with the Bulls? Here it is in full:

    “With the Detroit Pistons set to retire Dennis Rodman’s number on April 1st (how auspicious), don’t you think it’s about time for the Bulls to give him the same honor?

    “Derik Fatd

    “Sam [Smith]: No, and I’m quite sure it never will occur and never should. Dennis, to me, was primarily a fraud when he was with the Bulls. Sure, he had some big games in the playoffs, like on Karl Malone–who still might get 35–but in the first two of the three seasons he was with the Bulls, he missed about 50 games and the Bulls had a better record without him than when he played. He threatened the team many times with his behavior, like head butting a referee, but Jordan and Pippen were so good they overcame it. There are so many much more deserving players not only on the first three-peat–like Bill Cartwright, Horace Grant and John Paxson–and in the early years, like Norm Van Lier and Chet Walker, that to honor Rodman would be an insult to the history of the franchise and to basketball in general. I hope I wasn’t too subtle in explaining my position.”

    And here’s the link:

    Smith makes two allegations I would love to investigate. One is that the Bulls played better without him even during the years he was on the roster. The other is that players from the first three-peat and the early years of the Bulls would deserve the honor more.

    He also makes an allegation that Rodman disgraced the organization with his behavior, which is an entirely different matter.

    I’m especially interested in an examination of the allegation that the Bulls played better without Rodman during the years he was on the roster. That’s the sort of thing that is hard to check easily, but it seems like it could be checked.

    As for Rodman being less valuable than Cartwright or Paxson, well, I’m sure the others were better citizens, but I’m also sure there’s no comparing their performances. Grant is a closer call, especially since he missed less games. I’m not sure about Van Lier and Walker, since they pre-date the modern box score, but let’s just say I have my doubts.

  6. Joe
    February 18

    Andre Miller is just there as always, his unassuming self.

  7. Eitan
    March 2

    Do you have an updated list and with everyone in the league, or at least players who played at least perhaps 400 MP? Want to see progression from rooks in particular etc. Some trending would be real nice.

    Many Thanks

    • Elitan,
      I’ve got something in the can for tonight but I can work on this this week.

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