Originally Posted by bjjs
There is definitely common ground, but you would need to hop off your statistical high horse for a conversation to be possible.
Assume a scenario where there is a bad team, with a bad coach, who lets his players do whatever they want. One player takes 60 shots every game and scores 40 points off of them. Clearly he is the best scorer in the league at his position with his 40 PPG.
That is the extreme. But each of the parameters in that example are true in many cases to some degree - PPG is driven by minutes played and shot allocation, neither of which are doled out fairly or equally around the league. There are cases all the time of players getting less or more minutes than they should be, and definitely cases of the same with shot opportunities.
I take it you are of the opinion that Rudy Gay was the 9th best scoring forward (SF and PF) in the entire league while he played for TOR this year? You really must be, to hold your position that PPG is as good as any other measure to determine quality of scorer. Certainly a better scorer than Tim Duncan, David Lee, Paul Millsap at the very least.