Okay 15 games into the season I am seeing a lot of stats that range from informative to downright ridiculous
for instance the Hollinger Stat showing us as have a 74% chance to make the finals. So it got me thinking and after making a per 36 joke about Bruno's stats in another thread, I wondered... "When do the wheels fall off of certain statistics?"
I'll start with per 36. Obviously this is an attempt to scale a players statistics to reveal what would someone who plays less than that (typically a bench guy) give you as a starter. The stat however is meaningless because "the wheels fall off" when you factor in lineups, roles, the opposing defender etc... In fact unless a guy is the in 28 - 30 minute range I barely even engage that statistic anymore.
PLAYER EFFECIENCY RATING
Right now Brandan Wright is second in the league in PER and it features a number of high volume shooters. It would appear that PER is the antithesis to Per 36
Say James Johnson was starting, and a team went on a 16 point run with their starters. James Johnson did everything he was asked to do and did it well but the other four were playing matador defense. Someone checking the box score would assume that he played like shit
What stats do you like to use for argument sake?
What are the draw backs to other statistics used?