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“I believe that there is a championship team of twenty-five people that we can afford, because everyone else in baseball undervalues them.” In the 2011 biographical sports drama, Moneyball, Jonah Hill’s character laid out a method towards compiling a budget-friendly championship team based on advanced analytics. In the NBA, if you were compiling a list of players with the top player efficiency rating (PER) it would look like this: Lebron James, Kevin Durant, Anderson Varejao, Kobe Bryant, and Tim Duncan. If they were to coalesce on a single team their combined salaries would total $80,981,392 in 2012-2013, a number that makes them teaming up this year seems unlikely unless Space Jam 2 gets the green-light.
Lebron James is currently leading the group with a PER of 30.1, trailed only a tenth of a point by Kevin Durant. Who has the highest efficiency per 48 minutes? You guessed it, Daniel Orton from the Oklahoma City Thunder, with a staggering 70.82 PER in exactly 2 MPG spanned across just one game played. Maybe former Orlando Magic GM Otis Smith saw something we didn’t when he drafted the injury prone young center. Aside from a couple random anomalies, the list is topped by the best NBA players.
This list bolsters the idea that the best teams need at least two great players to succeed. The only teams that have two players with top-26 PERs are the Heat, Grizzlies, Thunder, Clippers, Spurs, Knicks, Cavaliers and Lakers. With the exception of the Lakers and Cavaliers, we are talking about the 6 best records in the NBA currently. In the instance of the Lakers, many analysts still believe they have enough juice to turn their season around and make a serious shot at a title.
The NBA obviously isn’t as geared towards forming championship caliber teams through advanced metrics as the MLB. The statistics still prove which players gives their team the best shot at winning and in the NBA, the stars have the highest advanced metric statistics. Outside of good fortune through the draft, only the wealthiest of teams can aspire to retain multiple superstars in their primes. In an era where superstars tend to cluster, the best teams will have at least two superstars atop the PER list.
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Normally, I'd have an introduction to this clip from last night's Miami Heat/Washington Wizards game but I'll just let the video do the talking.Watch as D-Wade drops this amazing dime to LeBron for the slam dunk:
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