bujfan2030 wrote:As I look through the rankings for this format, it looks like the tweaks you guys decided on were pretty effective. But one thing that bothers me is Blake making the top 10. Maybe the 9 cat rankings have skewed my thinking, but I really don't buy him there. Is he better than Bynum, AlJeff, LMA, Josh Smith etc. I'm also curious to see if the elderly Dirk and Kobe have Bounceback seasons, where they end up on these rankings. Carmelo and D-Will too. It really is interesting to see where replacing FT% drops some guys.
Well I think you have to consider what the category changes were and how they change valuation. Swapping AST + TO for AST/TO gives a boost to players who create for others, while downplaying low TOs players who don't. No longer is it advantageous to simply avoid TO's, but they have to do so in the context of how often they make good passes. Swapping FT% for FTs awards players for getting to the line and converting FTs, while downplaying the value of them doing so at a good %. Getting to the line is credited, while not missing your FTs is taken down a notch.
With that said, let's look at Blake. He gets a good amount of assists for a guy at his position, and does a great job of getting to the line. The thing bringing down his value the most, by far, is his poor FT%. The new cats reward the assists and downplay the poor FT%, and you end up with a guy who averaged about around 21 ppg, 11 rpg, and 3 apg with 55% from the field and 4 FT/g.
AlJeff averaged fewer points, rebounds, and assists, had a lower FG% and got to the line a lot less (19/10/2/49%). Only advantage was in blocks.
LMA averaged fewer rebounds and assists, and had a lower FG%. He had advantages in points and FTs.
Bynum averaged fewer points and much fewer assists with a lot more TOs. He had advantages in rebounds and blocks.
JSmoove averaged fewer points, rebounds, and had a much lower FG% while getting to the line less. His advantages were in assists, 3s, blocks and steals. Pretty even, which is why they're only one spot away from each other.
Makes sense that Blake would rank higher than these guys with the particular emphases with these categories.