KG wins DPOY
Old 04-22-2008, 02:12 PM   #1 (permalink)

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KG wins DPOY

But poor Garnett -- probably more than the other candidates -- suffers from a very real flaw of conventional basketball statistics: they don't measure defense beyond steals, blocks, and defensive rebounds. So when it's time to tally up his contributions with some numbers, his numbers look smaller than the other candidates, and a lot of what he does best is missed.

Or, it was missed, until Celtic owner Wyc Grousbeck leaked some internal Celtics numbers on the radio in Boston last week.

At about the 6:30 mark of this interview on WEEI's Dale and Holley show, Grousbeck says:

Players that KG is guarding are shooting 13.1% below the league average at their position. So he's guarding power forwards, and they're shooting 52% league-wide, or whatever it is. Guys that he's guarding are shooting 39% all year. That's just KG, one on one, against his man, when he's on the court.
LeBron's guys are shooting 2% below the league average for their position. Kobe's are 3% below. Chris Paul's are 4% below. And KG is keeping people 13% below. In other words, he's snuffing them out.

The Celtics are one of the league's most sophisticated teams when it comes to using statistics. A Celtics staffer verified for me that these numbers sound right. Assuming these numbers accurate, I guess we have two things: a nice new set of statistics to support a Kevin Garnett MVP candidacy, and some insight into some ways teams are measuring defensive contributions.

Too bad KG got hurt for those 13 or so games or his numbers would have been better and he may have won the MVP too. Well deserved.
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Old 04-22-2008, 02:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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WOOHOO ... I'm two for two so far in my awards picks. Definitely well deserved.
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Old 04-22-2008, 02:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Good for him. Still hope the C's fall flat on their faces, but hey, thats just me.
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Old 04-22-2008, 03:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Gratz KG, I knew you were perfect for this
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Old 04-22-2008, 06:37 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Great choice, completley deserved

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