Daily Archives: February 15, 2012
Posted by Vin Getz
You hear about this Player Efficiency Rating in basketball all the time. Well, what the heck is PER anyway?
ESPN’s John Hollinger came up with it. It’s an attempt to go beyond the basic stats like points per game or offensive rebounds, much like sabermetrics looks past home runs and batting average in baseball.
The goal is to reach as true and honed a determination of a player’s value as possible.
The result is an all-time list that is less spot-on (Michael Jordan at the top) than seemingly way off (Dwyane Wade fifth? Kobe Bryant and Larry Bird 18th and 19th?). Who would you rather have – Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant or Larry Bird?
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