This may not be the most advanced and useful form of advanced basketball stats, but ranking players is always fun. It's fun to do, and it's fun to argue about. I'm going to let Composite Score (more info here: http://basketball-statistics.com/cs.html) rank the best players at each position using the data I compiled about a month ago. If there are any obvious flukes, I won't include them. Today we start with centers...
1. Name: Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Composite Score Percentile: 98.45%
Earlier I wrote a little piece about how far basketball statistics have come and where I think they're headed. To recap, I think the next ground that will be broken is in the area of combining scouting and coaching strategies with useful and complex stats. In other words, instead of focusing on rating a player's overall abilities with one single number, smart folks who deal with stats will be able to break a player's game into small parts and help teams make decisions that were more difficult in the past. Think of the numbers at 82games.com on steroids. Coaches and front office pe
When Moneyball came out a few years ago, one thing that became evident was the "war" between baseball stat-heads and traditional scouts. Which was more accurate: objectively using numbers but ignoring a feel for the game, or using opinions based on the naked eye and discouraging the use of stats?
This will be the fifth and final part of the series. The names of the top prospects come from the NBADraft.net mock draft and the numbers come from www.kenpom.com.
Austin Daye, Sophomore Small Forward from Gonzaga