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Who Deserves to be a Reserve?

It’s that time of year where we have just seven spots for a group of deserving players that is much larger. This year, that problem seems to be especially relevant with a number of guys producing great seasons so far. The simple truth is that there is no single correct answer to the question posed in the title. There are more than fourteen that deserve the nod, and yet fourteen it must be. Our goal today is to dive into the numbers – and, if needed, a little bit of narrative – to come up with the best seven-man All-Star benches we can.

I’ll start with some simple rules. Every coach’s ballot – these are the only votes that count for reserves – has to include 3 frontcourt players, 2 backcourt players, and 2 wild cards, which can fit into either group. I’ll be ranking the players on an overall basis in each conference, and then we’ll look at position. With room for 5 frontcourt players or 4 backcourt players, we’ll ideally end up with just the top seven, but that might not be the case. Additionally, if there’s a tie for the final spot, a positional tiebreaker (whichever position the team has less of gets the nod) will likely be the final method of selection. It’s not a perfect tiebreaker, but it is realistic and fair. With that, let’s get to it, starting with the Western Conference.

WEST RESERVES

For each conference, we’ll run through the list of candidates before taking the deep dive into the numbers to end up with the final seven.

The candidates first. I’ll list a general pool below and then run through some statistical minimums to make sure I didn’t miss anyone –

Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Jordan Clarkson, Mike Conley, Anthony Davis, Paul George, Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Devin Booker, Chris Paul, DeMar DeRozan, Ja Morant, De’Aaron Fox, Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, Shai-Gilgeous Alexander

That’s sixteen names. A quick search easily adds Christian Wood, who slipped my mind. I’ll also add Malik Beasley and D’Angelo Russell, though KAT and his nine games can’t make the cut. The other three I’ll add – John Wall, Kristaps Porzingis, and Al Horford. Draymond Green would be the other name that pops up. He deserves recognition for his great positive impact on the Warriors, but I just can’t justify putting a man averaging 5, 8, and 5 in the All-Star Game. I also, on further review, need to cut CJ McCollum, who has played in just 13 of 28 games for Portland. That simply isn’t enough despite his stellar offensive play. Jamal Murray hasn’t done enough to warrant real consideration. With guys like Wall, Russell, and Beasley being considered, he probably should be in the group, but his numbers simply don’t put him in the upper tier of candidates. I left him out. So that gives us twenty-one total names.

Cutting two-thirds of them will be no easy task. I’ll break it down into two methods. The first, which will be the main method, is just stats, taken as they stood on Friday morning). The stats are the best way to measure performance in an unbiased manner, and it’s the fairest thing to prioritize. The second is some combination of role, narrative, and more. This will be more open to my personal thoughts and will be a tiebreaker of sorts for those are very close after the initial run-through. There’s no perfect way to measure a composite score from so many different statistics, so an extra look is warranted. For the stats, I’ll be ranking players 1-21 in a variety of categories. The goal, obviously, is to be within that top seven as much as possible. I go into the exact method a little more below. In any case, we’ll end up with an overall 1-21 ranking, and then I’ll take a quick look to determine if any tough choices must be made in order to walk away with a group of seven.

And with that, let’s get into the stats, which I will break down into nine main categories: scoring volume, scoring efficiency, passing, rebounding, steals + blocks, availability, offensive advanced metrics, defensive advanced metrics, and overall advanced metrics. Players will be ranked in each of the nine and then the rankings will be compiled for the total statistical ranking. Now there’s two challenges here. First, all of these categories obviously aren’t of equal importance. Secondly, how do we give enough emphasis to steals, blocks and defensive metrics as a point to defense without overemphasizing stats that aren’t perfect measures of overall defensive performance? To compensate for the first issue, I’ll use multipliers to imply significance. To compensate for the second, I will use defense in the final stages if a tight race exists.

Ranking first in a category will earn you 21 points while ranking last will get you 1 (both times the multiplier). If low numbers were the goal and we used multipliers below 1, there would be a disproportionate negative impact from finishing last in the categories that I have as least important. It would be far worse, for example, to add 21 points instead of 10.5 when you finish last. When we use numbers above one, the impact switches. It’s less of a problem to just get 1 point when the leader gets 21 than it is to get 2 points when the leaders gets 42. Here are the multipliers –

Scoring Volume: 2

Scoring efficiency: 1.5

Passing: 1.5

Rebounding: 1.25

Steals + blocks: 1

Availability: 1.25

Offensive advanced metrics: 2

Defensive advanced metrics: 2

Overall advanced metrics: 2.5

Again, defense is obviously slightly undervalued here, but I think that’s better than further pumping up the defensive advanced metrics, which do a decent but far from perfect job at grading overall defensive play.

And now we can get going with scoring volume.

There are a number of stats we could use here, but I’ll keep it simple with five – points per game, points per 36 minutes, field goals per game, three-pointers per game, and free throws per game. Note that the last three will be represented by makes rather than attempts.

The easiest way to do this is with simple tables, so let’s start with points, where Dame is the clear leader and Horford and Gobert sit at the bottom –

PlayerPoints per game
Damian Lillard29.8
Zion Williamson25
Paul George24.4
Devin Booker24.4
Donovan Mitchell 24.2
Brandon Ingram23.6
De’Aaron Fox22.8
Shai-Gilgeous Alexander22.5
Anthony Davis22.5
Christian Wood22
Malik Beasley20.9
Kristaps Porzingis20.5
John Wall20.4
DeMar DeRozan19.8
De’Angelo Russell19.3
Ja Morant18.8
Jordan Clarkson18.2
Chris Paul17.2
Mike Conley16.5
Al Horford14.7
Rudy Gobert14.2

Now we can go to points per 36, which will be relatively similar but allows for some recognition of scoring pace. Is that technically efficiency? Sure, but I want to keep that section to purely shooting percentage numbers. Zion moves closer to Dame here –

PlayerPoints per 36
Damian Lillard29.9
Zion Williamson27.7
Donovan Mitchell 25.9
Paul George25.8
Christian Wood25.4
Jordan Clarkson25
Devin Booker24.9
De’Aaron Fox24.8
Anthony Davis24.7
Kristaps Porzingis24.7
Brandon Ingram24.4
Shai-Gilgeous Alexander24.1
De’Angelo Russell23.8
John Wall23.6
Malik Beasley23
Ja Morant22.3
DeMar DeRozan21.3
Mike Conley20.2
Chris Paul19.1
Al Horford18.4
Rudy Gobert16.9

Now the shot volume categories, starting with field goals. Zion leads due to his aversion to the three ball making more total shots necessary to score as much as he does –

PlayerFGs per game
Zion Williamson9.6
Damian Lillard9.2
Devin Booker9
Anthony Davis8.9
Christian Wood8.8
Paul George8.4
Donovan Mitchell 8.3
De’Aaron Fox8.3
Brandon Ingram8.2
Shai-Gilgeous Alexander7.9
Kristaps Porzingis7.8
Malik Beasley7.7
John Wall7.4
De’Angelo Russell7
Ja Morant6.8
Jordan Clarkson6.7
DeMar DeRozan6.6
Chris Paul6.5
Al Horford5.9
Mike Conley5.7
Rudy Gobert5.4

Then three-pointers, where Dame and George lead. Zion takes a big hit here –

Player3Ps per game
Damian Lillard4.1
Paul George3.8
Donovan Mitchell 3.4
Malik Beasley3.4
Jordan Clarkson3.2
De’Angelo Russell3
Mike Conley2.8
Brandon Ingram2.5
Kristaps Porzingis2.2
Al Horford2.2
John Wall2.1
Devin Booker2
Christian Wood1.9
Shai-Gilgeous Alexander1.9
De’Aaron Fox1.8
Chris Paul1.5
Ja Morant0.8
Anthony Davis0.7
DeMar DeRozan0.6
Zion Williamson0.2
Rudy Gobert0

And lastly, free throws, where we see DeRozan come up big and Zion return to the top three. Horford is again very poor here –

PlayerFTs per game
Damian Lillard7.2
DeMar DeRozan6
Zion Williamson5.6
Shai-Gilgeous Alexander5
Brandon Ingram4.7
Devin Booker4.4
De’Aaron Fox4.4
Ja Morant4.3
Donovan Mitchell 4.2
Anthony Davis4
Paul George3.8
John Wall3.5
Rudy Gobert3.3
Kristaps Porzingis2.8
Chris Paul2.7
Christian Wood2.6
De’Angelo Russell2.4
Mike Conley2.3
Malik Beasley2
Jordan Clarkson1.6
Al Horford0.7

That all brings us to the final scoring volume ranking, led easily by Dame with George, Mitchell, Zion, and Booker rounding out the top five –

PlayerPPG RankPP36 RankFGPG Rank3PPG RankFTPG RankAverage Rank
Damian Lillard112111.2
Paul George3462115.2
Donovan Mitchell 537395.4
Zion Williamson2212035.6
Devin Booker4731266.4
Brandon Ingram6119857.8
De’Aaron Fox7881579
Shai-Gilgeous Alexander812101449.6
Christian Wood105513169.8
Anthony Davis994181010
Kristaps Porzingis12101191411.2
Malik Beasley11151241912.2
John Wall131413111212.6
Jordan Clarkson1761652012.8
De’Angelo Russell15131461713
DeMar DeRozan14171719213.8
Ja Morant16161517814.4
Mike Conley19182071816.4
Chris Paul181918161517.2
Al Horford202019102118
Rudy Gobert212121211319.4

AD at tenth is notable. When we apply the multiplier of 2 to the leaderboard, this is our ranking so far –

  1. Dame 42
  2. George 40
  3. Mitchell 38
  4. Zion 36
  5. Booker 34
  6. Ingram 32
  7. Fox 30
  8. SGA 28
  9. Wood 26
  10. AD 24
  11. KP 22
  12. Beasley 20
  13. Wall 18
  14. Clarkson 16
  15. Russell 14
  16. DeRozan 12
  17. Morant 10
  18. Conley 8
  19. Paul 6
  20. Horford 4
  21. Gobert 2

Onto scoring efficiency we go. I’ll roll with five categories again here – field goal percentage, three-point percentage, free throw percentage, effective field goal percentage, and true shooting percentage. Big men are obviously more prone to higher field goal percentages, but that should be balanced out by 3PT% and FT% while the other two are meant to take all of those factors into account and recognize that a layup, for example, is a higher percentage shot than a jumper. One last note – anyone shooting less than one three per game will just get a N/A for 3PT% to avoid any instances where someone is shooting 2-4 from three on the season or something similar. I don’t think that comes up in the West, but we’ll stick with that method anyway.

Let’s start with FG%, where the tilt towards interior-based players is clear. On the other hand, we really only have two players here that work almost entirely in the post, so that won’t have a big impact on the actual rankings here. Third is still third no matter how far behind first you are –

PlayerFG%
Rudy Gobert0.64
Zion Williamson0.618
Christian Wood0.558
Anthony Davis0.533
Paul George0.508
Shai-Gilgeous Alexander0.503
Devin Booker0.492
Chris Paul0.489
DeMar DeRozan0.488
De’Aaron Fox0.475
Kristaps Porzingis0.473
Brandon Ingram0.466
Ja Morant0.458
Malik Beasley0.455
Jordan Clarkson0.453
Al Horford0.453
Damian Lillard0.451
Mike Conley0.45
John Wall0.441
Donovan Mitchell 0.427
De’Angelo Russell0.426

Then there’s three-point percentage, where a different group will benefit. Even though they’re at the top because of Excel sorting, Gobert and Zion are 20 and 21 here. I’ll give Zion the slight edge because he has at least taken 16 threes. Gobert hasn’t taken one –

Player3PT%
Rudy GobertN/A
Zion WilliamsonN/A
Paul George0.478
Christian Wood0.421
Mike Conley0.41
Brandon Ingram0.4
De’Angelo Russell0.399
Malik Beasley0.398
Donovan Mitchell 0.391
Al Horford0.39
Damian Lillard0.384
Shai-Gilgeous Alexander0.383
Jordan Clarkson0.382
Chris Paul0.369
Devin Booker0.353
Kristaps Porzingis0.352
John Wall0.351
De’Aaron Fox0.336
DeMar DeRozan0.333
Anthony Davis0.293
Ja Morant0.25

Now for free throw percentage, where Paul, Clarkson, and Dame, have been incredible –

PlayerFT%
Chris Paul0.972
Jordan Clarkson0.958
Damian Lillard0.933
Paul George0.905
DeMar DeRozan0.893
Brandon Ingram0.874
Kristaps Porzingis0.855
Malik Beasley0.843
Donovan Mitchell 0.832
Devin Booker0.829
Mike Conley0.815
Ja Morant0.802
Shai-Gilgeous Alexander0.784
Al Horford0.778
De’Angelo Russell0.75
John Wall0.744
Zion Williamson0.718
Anthony Davis0.715
Christian Wood0.688
De’Aaron Fox0.688
Rudy Gobert0.581

As we can clearly see, the field goal percentage lead of Zion and Gobert has been successfully countered by their rough showings from three and from the line. Now for eFG%, where we begin to combine the three –

PlayereFG%
Rudy Gobert0.64
Zion Williamson0.625
Paul George0.621
Christian Wood0.618
Jordan Clarkson0.563
Shai-Gilgeous Alexander0.563
Mike Conley0.56
Malik Beasley0.557
Anthony Davis0.555
Damian Lillard0.553
Devin Booker0.548
Kristaps Porzingis0.541
Chris Paul0.539
Brandon Ingram0.538
Al Horford0.536
De’Aaron Fox0.525
De’Angelo Russell0.517
Donovan Mitchell 0.514
DeMar DeRozan0.512
John Wall0.502
Ja Morant0.485

And, lastly, TS% –

PlayerTS%
Paul George0.662
Zion Williamson0.659
Rudy Gobert0.64
Christian Wood0.634
Damian Lillard0.625
Shai-Gilgeous Alexander0.612
DeMar DeRozan0.603
Mike Conley0.593
Devin Booker0.593
Brandon Ingram0.592
Chris Paul0.589
Jordan Clarkson0.588
Anthony Davis0.588
Malik Beasley0.581
Kristaps Porzingis0.576
De’Aaron Fox0.561
Donovan Mitchell 0.559
Al Horford0.547
De’Angelo Russell0.544
Ja Morant0.544
John Wall0.539

That all leads to the final shooting efficiency leaderboard here. George is the clear leader with Wood easily grabbing second. SGA, Zion, Dame, Paul, Clarkson, and a number of others follow after. At the bottom, we mostly see guards that aren’t great shooters like Wall, Morant, and Fox –

PlayerFG Rank3P RankFT RankeFG RankTS RankAverage
Paul George514312.8
Christian Wood3219446.4
Shai-Gilgeous Alexander61013668.2
Zion Williamson22017228.6
Damian Lillard17931058.8
Chris Paul812113119
Jordan Clarkson151125129
Brandon Ingram124614109.2
Rudy Gobert12121139.4
Mike Conley18311789.4
Devin Booker7131011910
Malik Beasley146881410
DeMar DeRozan917519711.4
Kristaps Porzingis11147121511.8
Anthony Davis4181891312.4
Donovan Mitchell 2079181714.2
Al Horford16814151814.2
De’Angelo Russell21515171915.4
De’Aaron Fox101620161615.6
Ja Morant131912212017
John Wall191516202118.2

This is a much closer race than the scoring volume. There are a ton of ties in there. For scoring, both players will get the correct number and then we’ll skip the next number as ties are typically counted. For example, Zion and Dame will both be 4th here, Paul and Clarkson will both be 6th, Ingram will be 8th, and so on. The multiplier here was 1.5. If we add that to volume (I won’t show the math), here’s our new cumulative ranking –

  1. George 71.5
  2. Dame 67.5
  3. Zion 63
  4. SGA 56.5
  5. Wood 56
  6. Ingram 53
  7. Booker 50.5
  8. Mitchell 47
  9. Clarkson 40
  10. Beasley 36.5
  11. AD 36
  12. KP 35.5
  13. Fox 34.5
  14. Paul 30
  15. Conley 27.5
  16. DeRozan 27
  17. Gobert 21.5
  18. Russell 20
  19. Wall 19.5
  20. Horford 13
  21. Morant 13

Keep an eye on AD as we move along here. He’s outside the zone right now.

Now up is the third category – passing. Assists and assist percentage (the rough percentage of teammate field goals one assists on when on the floor) aren’t the only ways to measure passing ability, of course, but they will do for passing production and for our purposes here.

First, assists –

PlayerAssists per game
Ja Morant8.3
Chris Paul8.2
Damian Lillard7.7
DeMar DeRozan6.9
De’Aaron Fox6.9
Shai-Gilgeous Alexander6.5
John Wall6.3
Mike Conley5.8
Paul George5.5
Donovan Mitchell 5.1
De’Angelo Russell5.1
Brandon Ingram4.8
Devin Booker4.4
Al Horford3.6
Zion Williamson3.1
Anthony Davis3
Malik Beasley2.5
Jordan Clarkson2.1
Rudy Gobert1.3
Christian Wood1.3
Kristaps Porzingis1.3

And now assist percentage, which will be similar but might offer a little more support to players who play slightly less or have teammates that make less shots overall –

PlayerAssist %
Ja Morant41.6
Chris Paul38.9
Damian Lillard36.2
John Wall34.7
De’Aaron Fox33.4
Shai-Gilgeous Alexander33
DeMar DeRozan30.8
Mike Conley30.2
De’Angelo Russell28.9
Paul George25.7
Donovan Mitchell 25.3
Brandon Ingram21.6
Al Horford21.2
Devin Booker20.9
Zion Williamson16.2
Anthony Davis15.6
Jordan Clarkson13.5
Malik Beasley12.7
Christian Wood7.7
Kristaps Porzingis7.4
Rudy Gobert6.3

Now we can do the overall passing leaderboard. Morant, Paul, and Dame form a pretty clear top three, and then Fox, Wall, DeRozan, SGA, and Conley round out the top eight. At the bottom we see the bigs and pure shooting guards, which makes sense.

PlayerAPG RankA% RankAverage
Ja Morant111
Chris Paul222
Damian Lillard333
De’Aaron Fox555
John Wall745.5
DeMar DeRozan475.5
Shai-Gilgeous Alexander666
Mike Conley888
Paul George9109.5
De’Angelo Russell11910
Donovan Mitchell 101110.5
Brandon Ingram121212
Al Horford141313.5
Devin Booker131413.5
Zion Williamson151515
Anthony Davis161616
Jordan Clarkson181717.5
Malik Beasley171817.5
Christian Wood201919.5
Rudy Gobert192120
Kristaps Porzingis212020.5

With just two stats going into this one, there are aa number of ties. The multiplier here is 1.5 again. After adding the passing, we end up with this as our ranking one-third of the way through the numbers –

  1. Dame 96
  2. George 91
  3. SGA – 79
  4. Zion 73.5
  5. Ingram 68
  6. Mitchell 63.5
  7. Booker 63.5
  8. Fox 61.5
  9. Wood 60.5
  10. Paul 60
  11. DeRozan 52.5
  12. Conley 48.5
  13. Wall 45
  14. AD 45
  15. Clarkson 47.5
  16. Morant 44.5
  17. Beasley 44
  18. Russell 38
  19. KP 37
  20. Horford 26.5
  21. Gobert 24.5

The big men took a big hit there, so it’s good for them that rebounding is next. We could look at six categories here – offensive, defensive, and total rebounding and the respective percentages of each. The percentages here measure the rough percentage of missed shots that a player rebounds. However, we can get the same story by just looking at offensive and defensive rebounds and their percentages. We don’t need to look at those two and then their sum as well.

We’ll start with offensive rebounds, where Gobert absolutely dominates the field –

PlayerOREB
Rudy Gobert3.5
Zion Williamson2.4
Kristaps Porzingis2.1
Anthony Davis2
Christian Wood1.8
Mike Conley1
Donovan Mitchell 1
Jordan Clarkson0.9
Malik Beasley0.9
Ja Morant0.8
DeMar DeRozan0.8
Al Horford0.8
De’Aaron Fox0.7
Shai-Gilgeous Alexander0.7
Paul George0.7
Chris Paul0.6
Brandon Ingram0.6
Damian Lillard0.5
John Wall0.5
De’Angelo Russell0.5
Devin Booker0.2

We see the same story with defensive rebounds –

PlayerDREB
Rudy Gobert9.9
Christian Wood8.4
Anthony Davis6.3
Kristaps Porzingis6.2
Al Horford6.1
Paul George5.6
Brandon Ingram4.8
Shai-Gilgeous Alexander4.7
Zion Williamson4.4
DeMar DeRozan4.2
Chris Paul4.1
Malik Beasley4
Damian Lillard3.9
Devin Booker3.5
Donovan Mitchell 3.4
Jordan Clarkson3.2
John Wall3.2
Mike Conley2.7
De’Aaron Fox2.7
Ja Morant2.3
De’Angelo Russell2.2

The rebounding percentages won’t be all that different, so I’ll include them consecutively here, starting with offensive rebounding percentage –

PlayerOREB%
Rudy Gobert12.9
Zion Williamson8.2
Kristaps Porzingis7.5
Anthony Davis7.2
Christian Wood6.1
Jordan Clarkson3.9
Mike Conley3.8
Donovan Mitchell 3.3
Al Horford3.1
Malik Beasley2.8
Ja Morant2.7
DeMar DeRozan2.3
Paul George2.2
De’Aaron Fox2.2
Shai-Gilgeous Alexander2.1
Chris Paul2
Brandon Ingram1.9
John Wall1.8
De’Angelo Russell1.6
Damian Lillard1.4
Devin Booker0.6
PlayerDREB%
Rudy Gobert33.2
Christian Wood28.9
Kristaps Porzingis22.8
Al Horford22.1
Anthony Davis21
Paul George17.8
Brandon Ingram15.2
Zion Williamson14.9
Shai-Gilgeous Alexander14.4
Chris Paul13.8
Malik Beasley13.7
DeMar DeRozan13.5
Jordan Clarkson12.3
Damian Lillard12.2
John Wall10.9
Devin Booker10.8
Donovan Mitchell 10.3
Mike Conley9.2
De’Aaron Fox9
Ja Morant8.7
De’Angelo Russell8.4

Bring those four together, and we have the total rebounding leaderboard. It’s no surprise that Gobert leads with his fellow big men behind him. The rest of the list goes just about as you might expect too given everyone’s size and role –

PlayerOREB RankDREB RankOREB% RankDREB% RankAverage
Rudy Gobert11111
Kristaps Porzingis34333.25
Christian Wood52523.5
Anthony Davis43454
Zion Williamson29285.25
Al Horford125947.5
Paul George15613610
Malik Beasley912101110.5
Jordan Clarkson81661310.75
DeMar DeRozan1110121211.25
Shai-Gilgeous Alexander14815911.5
Donovan Mitchell 71581711.75
Brandon Ingram17717712
Mike Conley61871812.25
Chris Paul1611161013.25
Ja Morant1020112015.25
Damian Lillard1813201416.25
De’Aaron Fox1319141916.25
John Wall1917181517.25
Devin Booker2114211618
De’Angelo Russell2021192120.25

I have rebounding as slightly less important than certain other stats, so we’ll go with a 1.25 multiplier here. Once we incorporate that into the overall ranking, we end up with this –

  1. George 109.75
  2. Dame 102.25
  3. Zion 94.75
  4. SGA – 92.75
  5. Wood 84.25
  6. Ingram 79.25
  7. Mitchell 76
  8. Paul 68.75
  9. AD 67.5
  10. DeRozan 67.5
  11. Fox 66.5
  12. Booker 66
  13. Clarkson 63.75
  14. KP 62
  15. Beasley 61.5
  16. Conley 58.5
  17. Morant 52
  18. Wall 48.75
  19. Gobert 46.75
  20. Horford 46.5
  21. Russell 39.25

Now we go steals and blocks, a rather simple category that will measure a very limited aspect of defensive production. As a result, we’ll only get the multiplier of 1 here. We’ll start with steals, and Anthony Davis’s defensive prowess is going to begin to make itself heard here. Even though only decimal point is shown here, the players are ranked based on their averages beyond that first digit –

PlayerSteals
Anthony Davis1.5
Mike Conley1.4
De’Aaron Fox1.2
Chris Paul1.2
Paul George1.2
Damian Lillard1.1
De’Angelo Russell1.1
Jordan Clarkson1
Zion Williamson1
John Wall1
Malik Beasley0.9
Devin Booker0.9
Al Horford0.9
Donovan Mitchell 0.9
Ja Morant0.9
Christian Wood0.9
DeMar DeRozan0.8
Shai-Gilgeous Alexander0.8
Brandon Ingram0.6
Rudy Gobert0.4
Kristaps Porzingis0.4

Then we have blocks, where Gobert takes the lead. AD will still easily claim this category as a whole, however, as he finished second here –

PlayerBlocks 
Rudy Gobert2.7
Anthony Davis2
Kristaps Porzingis1.6
Christian Wood1.5
Brandon Ingram0.9
Al Horford0.8
Zion Williamson0.7
John Wall0.7
Shai-Gilgeous Alexander0.6
De’Aaron Fox0.5
Paul George0.5
De’Angelo Russell0.5
Donovan Mitchell 0.4
Chris Paul0.3
Damian Lillard0.3
Devin Booker0.3
Ja Morant0.3
DeMar DeRozan0.3
Jordan Clarkson0.2
Malik Beasley0.2
Mike Conley0.1

Here’s the overall leaderboard for steals and blocks. AD dominates, while Fox leads the rest of the pack.

PlayerSteals RankBlocks RankAverage
Anthony Davis121.5
De’Aaron Fox3106.5
Zion Williamson978
Paul George5118
John Wall1089
Chris Paul4149
Al Horford1369.5
De’Angelo Russell7129.5
Christian Wood16410
Rudy Gobert20110.5
Damian Lillard61510.5
Mike Conley22111.5
Kristaps Porzingis21312
Brandon Ingram19512
Shai-Gilgeous Alexander18913.5
Donovan Mitchell 141313.5
Jordan Clarkson81913.5
Devin Booker121614
Malik Beasley112015.5
Ja Morant151716
DeMar DeRozan171817.5

If we add this to the cumulative ranking, we end up with this –

  1. George 128.75
  2. Dame 114.25
  3. Zion 113.75
  4. SGA – 99.75
  5. Wood 97.25
  6. AD 88.5
  7. Ingram 88.25
  8. Fox 86.5
  9. Paul 85.75
  10. Mitchell 83
  11. KP 71
  12. Booker 70
  13. Clarkson 70.75
  14. DeRozan 68.5
  15. Conley 68.5
  16. Wall 65.75
  17. Beasley 64.5
  18. Horford 61.5
  19. Gobert 58.75
  20. Russell 54.25
  21. Morant 54

About halfway through, we have George, Dame, and Zion separating themselves from the pack, SGA and Wood putting themselves in good position, and a close fight between AD, Ingram, Fox, Paul, and Mitchell for the last two spots. Let’s move on to availability and see if anyone else can make a run for the top seven.

For availability, we’ll simply look at minutes per game and games played. For the latter, we’ll be using percentage of team games played rather than total games played given all of the covid-related differences that might exist there. Let’s star with minutes, where Dame, as he is pretty much every season, is up at the top –

PlayerMinutes per game
Damian Lillard35.9
Devin Booker35.2
Brandon Ingram34.8
Paul George34
Shai-Gilgeous Alexander33.7
Donovan Mitchell 33.6
DeMar DeRozan33.4
De’Aaron Fox33
Anthony Davis32.8
Malik Beasley32.8
Zion Williamson32.6
Chris Paul32.4
Christian Wood31.2
John Wall31.1
Rudy Gobert30.3
Ja Morant30.3
Kristaps Porzingis29.9
Mike Conley29.3
De’Angelo Russell29.2
Al Horford28.2
Jordan Clarkson26.2

Now we have percentage of games played, which I have rounded to only two digits so that someone who has played 25 of 27 games isn’t given an edge over someone who has played 24 of 26. Here, we have a number of guys who simply haven’t been around as much as they ideally would be. With Wood likely out for another two weeks, he may end up approaching borderline cut zone here. The same could be said of AD, who will miss the next month. There’s only so many missed game you can accept. However, this is based on where we stand today, so they’re both still in the discussion –

PlayerGames played
Brandon Ingram1
Malik Beasley1
Rudy Gobert1
Jordan Clarkson1
Damian Lillard0.96
De’Aaron Fox0.96
Zion Williamson0.96
Chris Paul0.96
Donovan Mitchell 0.93
DeMar DeRozan0.93
Devin Booker0.85
Shai-Gilgeous Alexander0.79
Anthony Davis0.79
Mike Conley0.79
De’Angelo Russell0.69
John Wall0.68
Al Horford0.68
Paul George0.67
Ja Morant0.67
Christian Wood0.61
Kristaps Porzingis0.61

Combined, minutes and games provides a good picture of availability. Ingram leads the way with Dame right behind, and KP and Horford bring up the rear –

PlayerMPG RankGP RankAverage
Brandon Ingram312
Damian Lillard153
Malik Beasley1015.5
De’Aaron Fox856.5
Devin Booker2116.5
Rudy Gobert1417.5
Zion Williamson1158
Donovan Mitchell 6108
Chris Paul1258.5
DeMar DeRozan7108.5
Shai-Gilgeous Alexander5128.5
Jordan Clarkson20110.5
Anthony Davis91210.5
Paul George41811
Mike Conley171214.5
John Wall131614.5
Christian Wood122016
De’Angelo Russell181516.5
Ja Morant151816.5
Al Horford191617.5
Kristaps Porzingis162018

The multiplier is 1.25 here, leaving us with this new updated ranking –

  1. Dame 139.25
  2. George 138.75
  3. Zion 132.5
  4. SGA – 116
  5. Ingram 114.5
  6. Fox 109
  7. Wood 103.5
  8. Paul 102
  9. Mitchell 101.75
  10. AD 101
  11. Booker 92.5
  12. Beasley 88.25
  13. DeRozan 84.75
  14. Clarkson 83.25
  15. Gobert 78.75
  16. Conley 77.25
  17. Wall 74.5
  18. KP 72.25
  19. Horford 64
  20. Russell 59.25
  21. Morant 59

Now we just have three categories left – the advanced metrics. Let’s start offensively with offensive win shares, which I will adjust to per 48 minutes since we’ve already taken availability into account, and offensive box +/- (BPM).

In offensive win shares, Dame dominates, Zion claims a clear second, and DeRozan is the easy number three. Booker stands out near the bottom; his advanced stats have taken a tumble after they saw a lot of improvement last season –

PlayerOWS per 48
Damian Lillard0.208
Zion Williamson0.185
DeMar DeRozan0.155
Mike Conley0.135
Paul George0.127
Chris Paul0.125
Rudy Gobert0.12
Brandon Ingram0.113
Shai-Gilgeous Alexander0.11
Anthony Davis0.101
Christian Wood0.091
Kristaps Porzingis0.086
Donovan Mitchell 0.085
Jordan Clarkson0.076
De’Aaron Fox0.07
Malik Beasley0.061
Ja Morant0.059
Devin Booker0.036
Al Horford0.036
De’Angelo Russell0.016
John Wall0

Then there’s offensive BPM, where Dame continues to cruise above the rest. George takes the second spot, and Zion, Ingram, and AD close out the top five. Booker sits all the way down in 21st –

PlayerOBPM
Damian Lillard7.7
Paul George5.7
Zion Williamson4.6
Brandon Ingram4.3
Anthony Davis4.3
DeMar DeRozan3.9
Mike Conley3.7
Shai-Gilgeous Alexander3.6
Christian Wood3.5
Jordan Clarkson3.4
Chris Paul2.7
Donovan Mitchell 2.7
De’Aaron Fox2.6
Malik Beasley2.5
De’Angelo Russell2.3
Kristaps Porzingis2
Ja Morant1.9
John Wall1.9
Al Horford1.8
Rudy Gobert1.7
Devin Booker0.2

That leads to this overall leaderboard of offensive advanced stats –

PlayerOWS RankOPBM RankAverage
Damian Lillard111
Zion Williamson232.5
Paul George523.5
DeMar DeRozan364.5
Mike Conley475.5
Brandon Ingram846
Anthony Davis1057.5
Shai-Gilgeous Alexander988.5
Chris Paul6118.5
Christian Wood11910
Jordan Clarkson141012
Donovan Mitchell 131212.5
Rudy Gobert72013.5
De’Aaron Fox151314
Kristaps Porzingis121614
Malik Beasley161415
Ja Morant171717
De’Angelo Russell201517.5
Al Horford191919
John Wall211819.5
Devin Booker182119.5

The multiplier here is 2. The advanced metrics are a crushing blow for Booker, but they do help DeRozan climb back into the race. Let’s take a look at the ranking through seven of nine statistical categories –

  1. Dame 181.25
  2. George 176.75
  3. Zion 172.5
  4. Ingram 146.5
  5. SGA – 144
  6. AD 131
  7. Paul 130
  8. Wood 127.5
  9. Fox 125
  10. Mitchell 121.75
  11. DeRozan 120.75
  12. Conley 111.25
  13. Clarkson 105.25
  14. Beasley 100.25
  15. Gobert 96.75
  16. Booker 94.5
  17. KP 88.25
  18. Wall 78.5
  19. Horford 70
  20. Morant 69
  21. Russell 67.25

We have a pretty clear top five, AD at six with his defensive strength coming up, and then Paul, Wood, Fox, Mitchell, and DeRozan all within reach of that seventh spot. It would take quite a climb for anyone else to jump into the fray at this point.

For defensive metrics, we look at the same two things – win shares and BPM. For defensive win shares, I’ll do the per 48 calculation again. For defensive BPM, we’ll run with it as is.

Gobert, Davis, and Wood are the frontrunners in DWS –

PlayerDWS per 48
Rudy Gobert0.115
Anthony Davis0.108
Christian Wood0.091
Al Horford0.072
Mike Conley0.071
Jordan Clarkson0.069
Chris Paul0.063
Donovan Mitchell 0.058
John Wall0.057
Paul George0.056
Shai-Gilgeous Alexander0.053
Kristaps Porzingis0.047
Devin Booker0.047
DeMar DeRozan0.046
Ja Morant0.03
Zion Williamson0.027
Brandon Ingram0.025
De’Angelo Russell0.025
Malik Beasley0.02
Damian Lillard0.015
De’Aaron Fox0.005

In defensive BPM, we see Davis overtake Gobert at the top –

PlayerDWS per 48
Rudy Gobert0.115
Anthony Davis0.108
Christian Wood0.091
Al Horford0.072
Mike Conley0.071
Jordan Clarkson0.069
Chris Paul0.063
Donovan Mitchell 0.058
John Wall0.057
Paul George0.056
Shai-Gilgeous Alexander0.053
Kristaps Porzingis0.047
Devin Booker0.047
DeMar DeRozan0.046
Ja Morant0.03
Zion Williamson0.027
Brandon Ingram0.025
De’Angelo Russell0.025
Malik Beasley0.02
Damian Lillard0.015
De’Aaron Fox0.005

That means that they share the top spot across both measures of defense –

PlayerDWS RankDBPM RankAverage
Anthony Davis211.5
Rudy Gobert121.5
Al Horford433.5
Christian Wood354
Chris Paul745.5
Mike Conley565.5
Jordan Clarkson6108
Shai-Gilgeous Alexander1179
Paul George101110.5
John Wall91210.5
Donovan Mitchell 81310.5
DeMar DeRozan14811
Zion Williamson16912.5
Devin Booker131413.5
Kristaps Porzingis121614
Brandon Ingram171516
Ja Morant152118
Damian Lillard201718.5
De’Angelo Russell181918.5
De’Aaron Fox211819.5
Malik Beasley192019.5

What does this mean for the overall ranking with just one category to go? The multiplier is 2 again.

  1. George 202.75
  2. Zion 190.5
  3. Dame 189.25
  4. AD 173
  5. SGA – 172
  6. Paul 164
  7. Wood 163.5
  8. Ingram 158.5
  9. Mitchell 147.75
  10. Conley 145.25
  11. DeRozan 140.75
  12. Gobert 138.75
  13. Clarkson 135.25
  14. Fox 129
  15. Booker 110.5
  16. Horford 108
  17. Beasley 104.25
  18. Wall 104.5
  19. KP 102.25
  20. Morant 79
  21. Russell 75.25

Ingram took a big hit to fall out of the top seven there. George, Dame, and Zion have spots all but locked up. AD and SGA are in a great spot. Paul, Wood, and Ingram are the last three to watch with Mitchell, Conley, DeRozan, and others hanging on by a thread.

Our last category will include win shares per 48 minutes, VORP per 48 minutes, PER, and BPM. Let’s get to it.

Gobert leads the pack in win shares with Dame, Zion, AD, and Conley rounding out the top five –

PlayerWS per 48
Rudy Gobert0.237
Damian Lillard0.225
Zion Williamson0.215
Anthony Davis0.21
Mike Conley0.207
DeMar DeRozan0.199
Paul George0.185
Chris Paul0.183
Christian Wood0.178
Shai-Gilgeous Alexander0.156
Kristaps Porzingis0.148
Jordan Clarkson0.145
Donovan Mitchell 0.145
Brandon Ingram0.137
Al Horford0.106
Ja Morant0.09
Devin Booker0.082
Malik Beasley0.081
De’Aaron Fox0.077
John Wall0.061
De’Angelo Russell0.04
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In VORP, Dame and AD lead the group with George and Zion providing the closest competition –

PlayerVORP per 48
Damian Lillard0.104
Anthony Davis0.102
Paul George0.092
Zion Williamson0.082
Chris Paul0.074
Christian Wood0.072
Rudy Gobert0.071
Mike Conley0.071
DeMar DeRozan0.069
Shai-Gilgeous Alexander0.065
Jordan Clarkson0.063
Al Horford0.063
Brandon Ingram0.059
Donovan Mitchell 0.042
De’Aaron Fox0.038
De’Angelo Russell0.033
John Wall0.032
Malik Beasley0.03
Kristaps Porzingis0.028
Devin Booker0.012
Ja Morant0.01

In PER, Dame and Zion battle it out at the top with a four-man group of AD, Wood, George, and Gobert coming closest to them –

PlayerPER
Damian Lillard27.1
Zion Williamson27
Anthony Davis24.8
Christian Wood24.1
Paul George23.2
Rudy Gobert23.2
DeMar DeRozan21.7
Shai-Gilgeous Alexander21.6
Kristaps Porzingis21.2
Chris Paul20.4
Brandon Ingram20.4
Mike Conley19.8
De’Aaron Fox19.5
Jordan Clarkson19
Donovan Mitchell 18.9
Ja Morant18.7
Al Horford17.6
John Wall17.3
Devin Booker17.2
Malik Beasley16.7
De’Angelo Russell16.4

In VORP, AD edges out Dame with George coming in at third –

PlayerBPM
Anthony Davis6.4
Damian Lillard6.3
Paul George5.4
Zion Williamson4.5
Mike Conley4.1
Christian Wood4
Chris Paul3.9
DeMar DeRozan3.8
Rudy Gobert3.6
Shai-Gilgeous Alexander3.5
Al Horford3.2
Brandon Ingram3.1
Jordan Clarkson3
Donovan Mitchell 1.7
De’Aaron Fox0.9
John Wall0.9
Kristaps Porzingis0.7
Malik Beasley0.5
De’Angelo Russell0.4
Devin Booker-0.9
Ja Morant-1

We end up with this leaderboard for overall advanced metrics. Dame, AD, and Zion sit at the top –

PlayerWS RankVORP RankPER RankBPM RankAverage 
Damian Lillard21121.5
Anthony Davis42312.5
Zion Williamson34243.25
Paul George73534.5
Rudy Gobert17695.75
Christian Wood96466.25
Mike Conley581257.5
Chris Paul851077.5
DeMar DeRozan69787.5
Shai-Gilgeous Alexander10108109.5
Brandon Ingram1413111212.5
Jordan Clarkson1211141312.5
Al Horford1512171113.75
Donovan Mitchell 1314151414
Kristaps Porzingis111991714
De’Aaron Fox1915131515.5
John Wall2017181617.75
Malik Beasley1818201818.5
Ja Morant1621162118.5
Devin Booker1720192019
De’Angelo Russell2116211919.25

Now for the moment of truth. Applying this leaderboard, with its 2.5 multiplier, to the cumulative rankings will give us the final statistical ranking. Here’s that list in all its glory –

  1. George 247.75
  2. Dame 241.75
  3. Zion 238
  4. AD 223
  5. Wood 203.5
  6. SGA – 202
  7. Paul 201.5
  8. Ingram 186
  9. Conley 182.75
  10. Gobert 181.25
  11. DeRozan 178.25
  12. Mitchell 167.75
  13. Clarkson 162.75
  14. Fox 144
  15. Horford 130.5
  16. KP 122.25
  17. Wall 116.5
  18. Booker 115.5
  19. Beasley 114.25
  20. Morant 89
  21. Russell 77.75

And there we have it. There’s not really much maneuvering necessary here. Your seven reserves are clear – Paul George, Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis, Christian Wood, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Chris Paul. The only real question is who replaces AD as a substitute with his injury?

Here, I will jump in and give the edge to Mike Conley. There’s very little space between Ingram, Conley, Gobert, and DeRozan. So why Conley? For one thing, the Jazz should have someone in the game with the way they’ve started the season. They’ve been the best team in the league. For another, Conley has yet to make an All-Star Game despite his stellar career. With his resurgence and his ability to come close to anyone outside of that top seven statistically, I’ll give him the substitute nod. The man deserves it.

And that’s that for the West. Who’s ready to jump into the East?

—Mid article intermission—

Eastern Conference

First, the pool of candidates –

Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris, James Harden, Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Domantas Sabonis, Malcolm Brogdon, Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet, Julius Randle, Collin Sexton, Zach LaVine, Bam Adebayo, Trae Young, Clint Capela, Nikola Vucevic, Jimmy Butler, Gordon Hayward, and Jerami Grant.

That’s twenty-one names. I thought I might be able to cut this down a little bit. I guess not.

Let’s get to it, starting with scoring volume. In points per game, LaVine leads the pack. Trae is close behind and just ahead of Brown and Tatum. Capela and Simmons bring up the rear –

PlayersPPG
LaVine28.5
Trae26.5
Tatum25.8
Brown25.6
Harden24.4
Vucevic23.6
Grant23.5
Randle23.2
Sexton22.8
Hayward22.3
Brogdon21.6
Sabonis21.5
Harris20.8
Siakam20.4
Middleton20.1
VanVleet20
Bam19.8
Jimmy19.1
Jrue16.4
Simmons15.2
Capela14.3

We see a similar order in points per 36, with Brown sliding by Tatum and into the top three. Vucevic rounds out the top five here, taking the spot from Harden –

PlayersPP36
LaVine28.8
Trae27.6
Brown27.5
Tatum26.3
Vucevic25.2
Grant23.2
Sexton23.1
Harden22.8
Randle22.7
Hayward22.6
Harris21.7
Middleton21.7
Brogdon21.6
Sabonis21.3
Bam21.2
Jimmy20.8
Siakam20.5
VanVleet19.7
Jrue18.2
Capela17.6
Simmons16.4

LaVine continues to hold the top spot in field goals made, and we see Vucevic make a big jump into the top three while Sexton joins the top five just ahead of Sabonis and others –

PlayersFGPG
LaVine10.1
Brown9.7
Vucevic9.5
Tatum9.4
Sexton8.4
Sabonis8.2
Brogdon8.1
Randle8.1
Hayward8.1
Harris8
Grant7.8
Trae7.6
Harden7.6
Siakam7.6
Middleton7.4
Bam7.3
VanVleet6.8
Jrue6.5
Capela6.3
Jimmy6
Simmons5.8

Guess who our leader in threes per game is? LaVine dominates in volume scoring, and VanVleet makes a big jump to the 2 spot here –

Players3PPG
LaVine3.5
VanVleet3.2
Harden3
Tatum2.8
Brogdon2.7
Vucevic2.6
Grant2.6
Brown2.5
Middleton2.3
Trae2.3
Hayward2.2
Jrue1.9
Randle1.8
Harris1.7
Sexton1.5
Siakam1.2
Sabonis1
Jimmy0.2
Bam0.1
Simmons0
Capela0

LaVine finally falls in free throws, where he comes in at seventh. Trae has the clear lead here, and Jimmy and Harden round out the top three –

PlayersFTPG
Trae9
Jimmy6.8
Harden6.2
Grant5.3
Randle5.1
Bam5
LaVine4.7
Sexton4.4
Tatum4.3
Siakam4.1
Sabonis4.1
Hayward3.9
Brown3.6
Simmons3.5
VanVleet3.2
Harris3.1
Middleton3
Brogdon2.7
Vucevic2.1
Capela1.6
Jrue1.5

LaVine obviously leads the scoring volume leaderboard, and Tatum edges out Trae for the second spot. Brown and Harden then round out the top five. Jrue, Simmons, and Capela form a pretty clear bottom three –

PlayersPPG RankPP36 RankFGPG Rank3PPG RankFTPG RankAverage
LaVine111172.2
Tatum344494.8
Trae22121015.4
Brown4328136
Harden5813336.4
Grant7611747
Vucevic6536197.8
Randle8981358.6
Sexton9751588.8
Hayward10109111210.4
Brogdon1113751810.8
Sabonis12146171112
Harris131110141612.8
VanVleet16181721513.6
Middleton15121591713.6
Siakam141714161014.2
Bam17151619614.6
Jimmy18162018214.8
Jrue191918122117.8
Simmons202121201419.2
Capela212019212020.2

We have a multiplier of 2 here, so this is the ranking after our first category –

  1. LaVine – 42
  2. Tatum – 40
  3. Trae – 38
  4. Brown – 36
  5. Harden – 34
  6. Grant – 32
  7. Vucevic – 30
  8. Randle – 28
  9. Sexton – 26
  10. Hayward – 24
  11. Brogdon – 22
  12. Sabonis – 20
  13. Harris – 18
  14. VanVleet – 16
  15. Middleton – 14
  16. Siakam – 12
  17. Bam – 10
  18. Jimmy – 8
  19. Jrue – 6
  20. Simmons – 4
  21. Capela – 2

Now we go to scoring efficiency. In FG%, it’s no surprise to see guys like Capela, Bam, and Simmons leading the way, but Harris, LaVine, Brown, Jrue, and Middleton are all also shooting above 50% as more perimeter-oriented players –

PlayersFG%
Capela0.579
Bam0.569
Simmons0.562
Sabonis0.528
Harris0.518
LaVine0.51
Brown0.506
Jrue0.502
Middleton0.501
Hayward0.486
Sexton0.484
Harden0.481
Randle0.48
Vucevic0.479
Siakam0.455
Tatum0.45
Brogdon0.442
Jimmy0.442
Grant0.435
Trae0.429
VanVleet0.406

In three-point percentage, Harris narrowly edges out LaVine and Middleton at the top. Note at the bottom that Simmons and Bam have taken eleven combined threes and thus their actual percentage won’t be considered here. Because they’ve at least taken one three instead of Capela, they get a tie for 19th and Capela gets his own spot at the bottom –

Players3PT%
Harris0.427
LaVine0.427
Middleton0.426
Hayward0.422
Brown0.416
Sexton0.409
Randle0.407
Vucevic0.407
Brogdon0.395
Tatum0.388
Jrue0.387
Harden0.386
Grant0.378
VanVleet0.372
Trae0.369
Sabonis0.358
Siakam0.3
Jimmy0.16
Bam0.01
Simmons0.01
Capela0

We have a lot of elite free throw shooters here, lead by Brogdon and Harris –

PlayersFT%
Brogdon0.906
Harris0.9
VanVleet0.898
Harden0.895
Middleton0.892
Tatum0.888
Trae0.887
Grant0.881
Hayward0.864
LaVine0.857
Jimmy0.853
Bam0.845
Vucevic0.821
Siakam0.804
Randle0.802
Sexton0.799
Jrue0.791
Brown0.758
Sabonis0.71
Simmons0.667
Capela0.532

LaVine returns to the top spot in eFG%. Capela takes second ahead of a tight group around 57% –

PlayerseFG%
LaVine0.599
Capela0.589
Middleton0.579
Harden0.577
Harris0.576
Jrue0.574
Bam0.572
Brown0.57
Simmons0.563
Sabonis0.56
Hayward0.552
Vucevic0.545
Randle0.535
Sexton0.528
Tatum0.516
Brogdon0.514
Grant0.507
VanVleet0.503
Trae0.493
Siakam0.492
Jimmy0.45

We end with true shooting percentage, where Harden tops LaVine and Bam. Middleton and Harris round out the top five –

PlayersTS%
Harden0.648
LaVine0.639
Bam0.637
Middleton0.619
Harris0.615
Brown0.599
Simmons0.599
Hayward0.598
Trae0.598
Sabonis0.595
Jrue0.593
Randle0.589
Capela0.582
Sexton0.575
Grant0.571
Vucevic0.566
Tatum0.562
Jimmy0.557
Brogdon0.548
VanVleet0.548
Siakam0.543

That brings us to the efficiency leaderboard, where Harris’s consistency puts him at the top over LaVine and Middleton. Harden takes a clear fourth-place finish ahead of Hayward, Bam, and Brown –

PlayersFG% Rank3PT% RankFT% RankeFG% RankTS% RankAverage
Harris512553.6
LaVine6210124.2
Middleton935344.8
Harden12124416.6
Hayward10491188.4
Bam21912738.6
Brown7518868.8
Jrue8111761110.6
Simmons319209711.6
Capela1212121311.6
Sabonis41619101011.8
Randle13715131212
Sexton11616141412.2
Brogdon1791161912.4
Vucevic14813121612.6
Tatum16106151712.8
Trae2015719914
Grant19138171514.4
VanVleet21143182015.2
Jimmy181811211817.2
Siakam151714202117.4

We have a multiplier of 1.5 here, so we end up this new cumulative ranking –

  1. LaVine – 72
  2. Harden – 61
  3. Brown – 58.5
  4. Harris – 49.5
  5. Hayward – 49.5
  6. Tatum – 49
  7. Trae – 45.5
  8. Randle – 43
  9. Middleton – 42.5
  10. Vucevic – 40.5
  11. Sexton – 39.5
  12. Grant – 38
  13. Sabonis – 36.5
  14. Brogdon – 34
  15. Bam – 34
  16. Jrue – 27
  17. Simmons – 23.5
  18. Capela – 21.5
  19. VanVleet – 20.5
  20. Siakam – 13.5
  21. Jimmy – 11

Passing is a much quicker category. Harden crushes the rest in assists per game with Trae in second. Simmons and Jimmy come closest to those two, with Brogdon and VanVleet fighting for that fifth spot –

PlayersAPG
Harden11.3
Trae9.3
Simmons8
Jimmy7.7
Brogdon6.6
VanVleet6.5
Middleton5.7
Sabonis5.7
Bam5.5
Randle5.5
Jrue5.4
LaVine5.2
Tatum4.8
Siakam4.6
Sexton4.2
Hayward3.8
Brown3.7
Vucevic3.7
Harris3.1
Grant2.9
Capela1

Trae closes the gap when we look at assist percentage, but Harden still holds the lead. Jimmy and Simmons hold onto the other top four spots again. Capela lives in his own area code at the bottom here too –

PlayersA%
Harden44.7
Trae44.5
Jimmy37.8
Simmons35
Bam28.3
Brogdon28.1
VanVleet27.7
Randle25.8
LaVine24.6
Middleton24.6
Sabonis24.3
Jrue23
Tatum23
Sexton20.9
Siakam20.7
Vucevic20.4
Brown19.6
Hayward17.2
Harris14.3
Grant14.1
Capela5.4

Then we have the overall passing leaderboard, where Jimmy and Simmons end up in a tie for the third spot behind Harden and Trae –

PlayersAPG RankA% RankAverage
Harden111
Trae222
Jimmy433.5
Simmons343.5
Brogdon565.5
VanVleet676.5
Bam957
Middleton7108.5
Randle1089
Sabonis8119.5
LaVine12910.5
Jrue111211.5
Tatum131313
Sexton151414.5
Siakam141514.5
Vucevic181617
Brown171717
Hayward161817
Harris191919
Grant202020
Capela212121

We have a 1.5 multiple here too, so this is the ranking one-third of the way through –

  1. Harden – 92.5
  2. LaVine – 88.5
  3. Trae – 75.5
  4. Brown – 67.5
  5. Middleton – 63.5
  6. Tatum – 62.5
  7. Randle – 62.5
  8. Brogdon – 59.5
  9. Hayward – 58.5
  10. Bam – 56.5
  11. Sabonis – 54.5
  12. Harris – 54
  13. Simmons – 52
  14. Sexton – 51.5
  15. Vucevic – 49.5
  16. VanVleet – 44.5
  17. Jrue – 42
  18. Grant – 41
  19. Jimmy – 39.5
  20. Siakam – 25.5
  21. Capela – 23

Capela starts us off in rebounding by lapping the field on the offensive boards. It’s not even close at the top –

PlayersOREBPG
Capela4.6
Sabonis2.8
Siakam2.1
Vucevic2
Bam2
Jimmy1.9
Simmons1.6
Randle1.4
Harris1.3
Jrue1.3
Brown1.1
Hayward0.9
Grant0.8
LaVine0.8
Middleton0.8
Harden0.8
Brogdon0.8
Sexton0.7
VanVleet0.7
Trae0.7
Tatum0.6

Vucevic and Randle lead the way in defensive rebounding with Capela just behind them. At the bottom, Sexton has roughly half the rebounds of the next closest player –

PlayersDREBPG
Vucevic9.7
Randle9.5
Capela9.4
Sabonis8.8
Bam7.4
Simmons6.7
Harris6.6
Harden6.5
Tatum6.5
Jimmy5.9
Siakam5.6
Middleton5.2
LaVine4.7
Hayward4.5
Brown4.3
Grant4.3
Brogdon4.1
VanVleet3.6
Jrue3.5
Trae3.2
Sexton1.7

Capela’s efforts on the offensive glass strand out even more when you look at offensive rebounding percentage, where he doubles up the next closest player –

PlayersOREB%
Capela17
Sabonis8.5
Bam6.9
Jimmy6.8
Siakam6.3
Vucevic5.9
Simmons5.4
Harris4.4
Jrue4.2
Randle4
Brown3.8
Hayward2.7
LaVine2.6
Middleton2.6
Brogdon2.4
Grant2.4
Harden2.2
Sexton2.2
Trae2.2
VanVleet2
Tatum1.8

Capela leads again in defensive rebounding percentage, and Vucevic is the only player that comes close –

PlayersDREB%
Capela34.4
Vucevic31
Randle26.6
Sabonis26.4
Bam23.3
Simmons21.2
Tatum20.8
Harris19.9
Jimmy19.1
Harden18.3
Siakam17.9
Middleton16
Brown14.8
LaVine14.3
Hayward13.9
Grant13.8
Brogdon12.3
VanVleet11.3
Jrue11.2
Trae9.7
Sexton5.6

That all means that Capela dominates the overall rebounding leaderboard. Sabonis, Vucevic, and Bam round out the top four –

PlayersDREB%OREB RankDREB RankOREB% RankDREB% RankAverage
Capela34.413111.5
Sabonis26.424243
Vucevic3141623.25
Bam23.355354.5
Randle26.6821035.75
Simmons21.276766.5
Jimmy19.1610497.25
Siakam17.93115117.5
Harris19.997888
Brown14.81115111312.5
Harden18.3168171012.75
Middleton161512141213.25
Hayward13.91214121513.25
LaVine14.31413131413.5
Jrue11.2101991914.25
Tatum20.821921714.5
Grant13.81316161615.25
Brogdon12.31717151716.5
VanVleet11.31918201818.75
Sexton5.61821182119.5
Trae9.72020192019.75

We have a multiplier of 1.25 here, leading to this new cumulative ranking –

  1. Harden – 106.25
  2. LaVine – 98.5
  3. Randle – 83.75
  4. Brown – 82.5
  5. Sabonis – 79.5
  6. Bam – 79
  7. Trae – 76.75
  8. Middleton – 76
  9. Vucevic -73.25
  10. Simmons – 72
  11. Hayward – 71
  12. Harris – 70.25
  13. Tatum – 70
  14. Brogdon – 64.5
  15. Jimmy – 58.25
  16. Sexton – 54
  17. Jrue – 50.75
  18. Capela – 49.25
  19. VanVleet – 48.25
  20. Grant – 47.25
  21. Siakam – 43

Now we can jump to steals and blocks. Jrue edges out Jimmy for the league-wide lead in steals – and the top spot in this table –

PlayersSPG
Jrue1.9
Jimmy1.9
Simmons1.7
VanVleet1.7
Brogdon1.3
Tatum1.3
Brown1.2
Harden1.1
Hayward1.1
LaVine1.1
Siakam1.1
Vucevic1.1
Middleton1
Sabonis1
Sexton1
Bam0.9
Young0.9
Capela0.8
Grant0.8
Harris0.8
Randle0.7

Capela is in clear control when in comes to blocks –

PlayersBPG
Capela2.2
Grant1.2
Bam1
Simmons0.8
Harden0.8
Harris0.8
VanVleet0.7
Siakam0.7
Sabonis0.7
Jrue0.6
Brown0.6
Vucevic0.6
Tatum0.5
LaVine0.5
Jimmy0.4
Hayward0.4
Brogdon0.3
Trae0.3
Sexton0.2
Randle0.2
Middleton0.1

Simmons’s consistency across both categories gives him the top spot on the steals and blocks leaderboard –

PlayersSPG RankBPG RankAverage
Simmons343.5
VanVleet475.5
Jrue1105.5
Harden856.5
Jimmy2158.5
Brown7119
Capela1819.5
Bam1639.5
Siakam1189.5
Tatum6139.5
Grant19210.5
Brogdon51711
Sabonis14911.5
Vucevic121212
LaVine101412
Hayward91612.5
Harris20613
Sexton151917
Middleton132117
Trae171817.5
Randle212020.5

Here’s our new cumulative ranking, with no multiplier on this category –

  1. Harden – 124.25
  2. LaVine – 106.5
  3. Brown – 98.5
  4. Bam – 94
  5. Simmons – 93
  6. Sabonis – 88.5
  7. Tatum – 85
  8. Randle – 84.75
  9. Vucevic – 81.25
  10. Middleton – 80
  11. Trae – 78.75
  12. Hayward – 77
  13. Jimmy – 75.25
  14. Harris – 75.25
  15. Brogdon – 74.5
  16. Jrue – 69.75
  17. VanVleet – 68.25
  18. Capela – 64.25
  19. Grant – 58.25
  20. Sexton – 58
  21. Siakam – 58

When we turn to availability, we see Harden leading the way as the only player above 37 minutes per game. Randle leads a big group of players that’s above 36 minutes per appearance. In fact, the top seven players here are the top seven players in the league by minutes, and every player in the top ten here sits in the top thirteen league wide –

PlayersMPG
Harden37.6
Randle36.7
VanVleet36.6
Grant36.4
Sabonis36.4
Brogdon36
Siakam35.9
LaVine35.7
Hayward35.5
Sexton35.4
Tatum35.3
Trae34.7
Harris34.5
Vucevic33.8
Bam33.6
Simmons33.4
Brown33.4
Middleton33.2
Jimmy33.1
Jrue32.5
Capela29.3

In games played, we have seven players who have yet to miss a game. If the options for the Eastern Conference reserves are anything, they’re durable –

PlayersGP
Randle1
VanVleet1
Grant1
Sabonis1
Brogdon1
LaVine1
Vucevic1
Middleton1
Harden0.93
Hayward0.93
Bam0.93
Brown0.93
Siakam0.9
Trae0.9
Harris0.87
Capela0.86
Sexton0.83
Tatum0.83
Simmons0.83
Jrue0.77
Jimmy0.59

The overall availability leaderboard looks like this –

PlayersMPG RankGP RankAverage
Randle211.5
VanVleet312
Grant412.5
Sabonis513
Brogdon613.5
LaVine814.5
Harden195
Vucevic1317
Hayward999
Middleton1819.5
Siakam71310
Bam15912
Trae121312.5
Brown17913
Harris121513.5
Sexton101713.5
Tatum111714
Simmons161716.5
Capela211618.5
Jrue202020
Jimmy192120

Our multiplier here is 1.25, so this is what we have for the cumulative ranking before we head to the advanced stats –

  1. Harden – 143
  2. LaVine – 126.5
  3. Randle – 111
  4. Sabonis – 111
  5. Brown – 108.5
  6. Bam – 106.5
  7. Simmons – 98
  8. Vucevic – 98.75
  9. Brogdon – 95.75
  10. Middleton – 95
  11. Hayward – 93.25
  12. VanVleet – 93.25
  13. Tatum – 91.25
  14. Trae – 90
  15. Harris – 84
  16. Grant – 82
  17. Jimmy – 77.75
  18. Jrue – 72.25
  19. Siakam – 71.75
  20. Capela – 68
  21. Sexton – 66.75

Harden and LaVine are in great shape, but the other five spots are wide open as we head to the advanced stats. Harden is absolutely ridiculous at producing offensive win shares, which, again, are per 48 minutes here –

PlayersOWSP48
Harden0.258
Trae0.144
Jimmy0.137
Bam0.122
Middleton0.116
Jrue0.116
LaVine0.106
Harris0.102
Brown0.096
Vucevic0.095
Capela0.092
Hayward0.088
Sabonis0.086
Simmons0.086
Randle0.083
Tatum0.079
Grant0.077
VanVleet0.074
Brogdon0.069
Siakam0.069
Sexton0.065

He also leads in offensive BPM, though it’s a little closer –

PlayersOBPM
Harden6.2
Trae5.8
Vucevic5.7
Brown4.9
LaVine4.8
Tatum4.5
Randle3.3
Jimmy3.1
Middleton3.1
Brogdon3
Harris2.9
Grant2.9
Bam2.8
Jrue2.7
Sabonis2.7
Hayward2.6
VanVleet2.4
Capela2
Simmons1.6
Sexton1.5
Siakam0.8

Harden and Trae are an easy 1 and 2 in the overall offensive advanced metrics leaderboard –

PlayersOWS RankOBPM RankAverage 
Harden111
Trae222
Jimmy385.5
LaVine756
Vucevic1036.5
Brown946.5
Middleton597
Bam4138.5
Harris8119.5
Jrue61410
Tatum16611
Randle15711
Sabonis131514
Hayward121614
Brogdon191014.5
Grant171214.5
Capela111814.5
Simmons141916.5
VanVleet181717.5
Sexton212020.5
Siakam202120.5

With the multiplier of 2, the new cumulative ranking looks like this –

  1. Harden – 185
  2. LaVine – 162.5
  3. Brown – 142.5
  4. Bam – 134.5
  5. Randle – 133
  6. Vucevic – 132.75
  7. Trae – 130
  8. Sabonis – 129
  9. Middleton – 125
  10. Jimmy – 115.75
  11. Tatum – 113.25
  12. Hayward – 111.25
  13. Harris – 110
  14. Brogdon – 109.75
  15. Simmons – 106
  16. VanVleet – 99.25
  17. Jrue – 96.25
  18. Grant – 96
  19. Capela – 82
  20. Siakam – 75.75
  21. Sexton – 70.75

In defensive win shares, Capela leads the way with Jimmy, Simmons, and Randle leading the rest of the pack –

PlayersDWSP48 
Capela0.085
Jimmy0.077
Simmons0.075
Randle0.074
Vucevic0.071
Bam0.069
Jrue0.064
Sabonis0.064
Harris0.059
Harden0.058
Tatum0.057
Siakam0.055
VanVleet0.053
Brown0.048
Middleton0.048
Brogdon0.046
LaVine0.043
Hayward0.042
Grant0.041
Trae0.027
Sexton0.016

In defesnive BPM, Simmons leads with Jimmy in second once again –

PlayersDBPM 
Simmons2.6
Jimmy2.4
Bam2
Jrue1.1
Randle0.8
Sabonis0.8
Capela0.4
Vucevic0.1
Tatum0
VanVleet0
Harris-0.1
Harden-0.1
Siakam-0.4
Brown-0.5
Middleton-0.6
Grant-0.7
LaVine-0.8
Hayward-0.8
Brogdon-1.1
Trae-1.5
Sexton-1.7

The overall defensive advanced metrics leaderboard sees those two tie at the top –

PlayersDWS RankDBPM RankAverage
Simmons312
Jimmy222
Capela174
Bam634.5
Randle454.5
Jrue745.5
Vucevic586.5
Sabonis867
Tatum11910
Harris91110
Harden101211
VanVleet131011.5
Siakam121312.5
Brown141414
Middleton151515
LaVine171717
Grant191617.5
Brogdon161917.5
Hayward181818
Trae202020
Sexton212121

The multiplier is 2 here as well, and that will give us this ranking with just one category left –

  1. Harden – 207
  2. LaVine – 174.5
  3. Bam – 170.5
  4. Randle – 169
  5. Vucevic – 162.75
  6. Brown – 158.5
  7. Jimmy – 157.75
  8. Sabonis – 157
  9. Simmons – 148
  10. Tatum – 139.25
  11. Middleton – 139
  12. Harris – 136
  13. Trae – 134
  14. Jrue – 130.25
  15. Capela – 120
  16. Brogdon – 119.75
  17. VanVleet – 119.25
  18. Hayward – 117.25
  19. Grant – 106
  20. Siakam – 93.75
  21. Sexton – 72.75

In win shares per 48, Harden and Jimmy lead the way –

PlayersWS per 48
Harden0.226
Jimmy0.211
Bam0.194
Jrue0.182
Capela0.179
Trae0.168
Middleton0.166
Simmons0.163
Vucevic0.163
Harris0.16
Randle0.159
Sabonis0.151
LaVine0.15
Brown0.145
Tatum0.138
Hayward0.132
VanVleet0.13
Siakam0.123
Grant0.118
Brogdon0.115
Sexton0.078

Harden maintains his lead in VORP per 48, but Vucevic edges out Jimmy for the second spot here –

PlayersVORP per 48
Harden0.14
Vucevic0.095
Jimmy0.094
Bam0.085
Brown0.08
Tatum0.079
Trae0.075
Simmons0.075
Randle0.074
LaVine0.072
Jrue0.071
Sabonis0.064
Harris0.059
Middleton0.053
VanVleet0.053
Capela0.052
Grant0.05
Hayward0.047
Brogdon0.046
Siakam0.03
Sexton0.022

Those three take the top spot in PER too –

PlayersPER
Harden24.4
Jimmy23.9
Vucevic23.8
Capela23.1
Trae22.9
Bam22.4
LaVine22.4
Brown22.1
Tatum21.3
Randle20.7
Sabonis20.7
Jrue20
Simmons19.9
Harris19.7
Middleton19.3
Hayward18.7
Brogdon18.3
Grant18.1
Siakam17.9
VanVleet17.5
Sexton17

And BPM –

PlayersBPM
Harden6.1
Vucevic5.8
Jimmy5.5
Bam4.8
Tatum4.5
Trae4.3
Brown4.3
Randle4.2
Simmons4.2
LaVine4
Jrue3.8
Sabonis3.4
Harris2.8
Middleton2.5
Capela2.4
VanVleet2.4
Grant2.2
Brogdon2
Hayward1.8
Siakam0.4
Sexton-0.2

That brings us to the advanced metrics leaderboard, topped, believe it or not, by Harden, Jimmy, and Vucevic, with Bam taking fourth –

PlayersBPMWS RankVORP RankPER RankBPM RankAverage
Harden6.111111
Jimmy5.523232.5
Vucevic5.892324
Bam4.834644.25
Trae4.367566
Brown4.3145878.5
Tatum4.5156958.75
Randle4.21191089.5
Simmons4.2881399.5
Jrue3.841112119.5
LaVine4131071010
Capela2.451641510
Sabonis3.41212111211.75
Harris2.81013141312.5
Middleton2.5714151412.5
VanVleet2.41715201617
Hayward1.81618161917.25
Grant2.21917181717.75
Siakam0.41820192019.25
Brogdon22019271821
Sexton-0.22121212121

And that will bring us to the final ranking, with our 2.5 multiplier on this category. Without further ado, here it is –

  1. Harden – 259.5
  2. Bam – 216
  3. Vucevic – 210.25
  4. Jimmy – 207.75
  5. Randle – 204
  6. LaVine – 202
  7. Brown – 198.5
  8. Simmons – 183
  9. Sabonis – 179.5
  10. Tatum – 176.75
  11. Trae – 176.5
  12. Jrue – 165.25
  13. Middleton – 159
  14. Harris – 156
  15. Capela – 147.5
  16. VanVleet – 134.25
  17. Hayward – 129.75
  18. Brogdon – 124.75
  19. Grant – 118.5
  20. Siakam – 101.25
  21. Sexton – 77.75

Just like the West, the top seven is rather clear. Your 2021 Eastern Conference reserves – James Harden, Bam Adebayo, Nikola Vucevic, Jimmy Butler, Julius Randle, Zach LaVine, and Jaylen Brown.

And that’s it. The numbers don’t lie, and they give us a pretty clear message here.

Michael Regan

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