To summarize, yesterday brought us several tiers of iMIP (imho MIP) candidates based on Player Efficiency Rating (PER) data. The tiers are:
'Very good third year growth curve' (Alec Burks, Brandon Knight, Marcus Morris), 'Extremely good third year growth curve' (Markieff Morris), 'Pops principles' (Patty Mills, Marco Belinelli), 'Starters becoming All-Stars' (DeMar DeRozan, Goran Dragic, Isiah Thomas, Paul George), 'All-Stars becoming Superstars' (Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins - and yes, I am aware that Cousins isn't an All-Star on paper...) and 'the reason why PER is not perfect' (Brandan Wright, who shows that your PER goes through the roof when you live one foot away from the basket).
Somehow I forgot to mention 'the guy that came from the D-League' James Johnson, who has one of the best highlights of the year.
I will now underline some of the stats that are related to PER to show you how these players improved.
You can click on the images to get larger ones. I sometimes move the names a tiny bit for readability.
For each pair of images, you will find in the left panel the 2013 statistics and how they changed in 2014. in the right panel, you will see how this data in general correlates to PER. It will start with those stats with a high correlation (or in case of turnovers a high negative correlation) with PER and then we will move our way down. Sounds complicated? You'll see it's not.
True Shooting Percentage (TSP): For those of you that don't know: A 3-point shot gives you more points than a 2-point shot. And making a free-throw is also better than missing it. TSG boils this all together. As you can see, all our iMIP candidates kept their TSG at least at the same level and some of them increased it even drastically. Brandan Wright for example now leads the league with a TSG of 70.3%. Taking only shots that are directly at the basket probably helps (just ask Tyson Chandler). Another thing you will probably notice is that the left planel has a negative correlation. The reason carries the mythical 4 words 'Regression to the mean'. Players that shot by chance better or worse than expected last year are now regressing back to their average. The next stat is...
I have to admit that I can still not decide whom I would pick as iMIP (that's what happens when you stare to long at your screen...). But I hope I could give a little overview of what statistical changes happened to players between this and last year.
Feel free to let me know if you agree or disagree (I'll probably start to pay some people to fill the comment section)
Have a nice day everybody! I'm looking forward to the Playoffs,