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Nikola Jokic Should Be “In the Conversation”

Oct 30, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) battles Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) for position during the second half at Pepsi Center. The Timberwolves won 95-78. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

When I put out my mid-season top thirty based on Player Tracking Plus Minus (PT-PM) on Thursday the ninth best player in the per 40 minutes measure was the one that fit the, “Player Number Nine Will Surprise You,” click tease. Denver rookie and former number 41st over all draft pick Nikola Jokic was rated as a strong net positive on both offense and defense rating him as a top ten overall player based on estimated efficiency.

Back before Jokic was drafted my draft model pegged him as the fourth best prospect in the draft based on his ability to fill the box score, age and competition level. Then in his Euro-stash year before coming to the NBA Jokic took another step forward leading his Adriatic league team Continue Reading

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Anti-Awards at the half-way point of the season

Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons

The Anti-Awards recognize some of the worst and most discouraging statistical achievements each year. Checking in on some favorites at the half-way mark. Continue Reading

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Player Tracking Plus Minus (PT-PM) Top Thirty

No shocker that Steph Curry is the top player in the league his scoring rating is completely off the charts and he is basically above average at everything other than rebounding. Kawhi Leonard comes in second with a balanced offensive and defensive game. Key element on for the top thirty is scoring well on both sides of the ball only Blake Griffin and Klay Thompson score below average on defense and no players in the top thirty score a negative on offense. Continue Reading