Yes sir! It’s our own Andre Iguodala. No joke.
So you are probably wondering – “what the hell am I smokin’?”
In the first half the season Andre Iguodala is the most productive shooting guard in the NBA based on the metric Wins Produced.
Through the first 41 games Iguodala’s contributions should have lead to 8 wins for the Sixers, tops among all shooting guards.
What about small forwards?
Iguodala ranks 4th among small forwards in wins produced behind LeBron (13.8), Gerald Wallace (11.9) and Kevin Durant (8.2).
What about overall?
Iguodala ranked 13th overall in wins produced in the NBA.
Now this is just one metric by one person, but I tend to like this metric so it caught my eye. It doesn’t place as much value on pure points scored like Hollinger’s PER and EWA (estimated wins added) and more on shooting and scoring efficiency. It also favors strong rebounders as well.
On a per minute basis Iguodala doesn’t rate as high. He falls behind Manu Ginobili and Dwayne Wade on a per minute basis in the shooting guard category and behind Lamar Odom in addition to the previously mentioned small forwards as well.
But he benefits from playing a lot of minutes as a productive player so the summation of wins is greater than those other guys.
What does it all mean? Simply – Andre Iguodala is a really productive player.
And the second most productive player on the Sixers is…
You knew that right? Dalembert had 5.1 wins produced at the halfway mark and ranks 11th among centers and 34th overall in the NBA.
What more noteworthy is the fact that Sammy has always held this spot on the Sixers.
Dala and Sam have been the #1 and #2 players in terms of wins produced for the Sixers for the last few years.
The Sixers as a team
Ended up with 16 wins produced or 3 more wins than they actually had through 41 games. I took a look at basketball-reference’s Pythagorean win-loss projection and that metric suggests the Sixers should have 3 more wins as well.
I guess that means the Sixers are under-achieving but not by a lot. Even if they had those 3 extra wins they would be looking up at the 8th seed.
So who is to blame? Players? Coach? GM? Everyone?
I have a post in mind to discuss that more closely as well. In the meantime check out the table to see how other Sixers players are performing and the rest of the NBA.