I spent some time at Basketball-Reference because of a discussion I got into with my co-worker over who is the Least Valuable Player in the league. I decided to run down the main suspects, and hopefully I can find a better way of narrower down other candidates. If people have any ideas or suggestions leave a comment or e-mail us at email@example.com.
So here are Marbury’s career W-L stats.
So he is a 43.74% career winner. I’m sure that there is worse than this. In fact here is Telfair’s numbers.
Telfair is still young in the league (and has perpetually played for the teams at the bottom.) So maybe we should look elsewhere. How about Vince Carter?
So Carter is doing pretty well with over 50%, but he has had J-Kidd on his team since 04-05 (I think he was traded during the 03-04 season).
We’ll have to wait until the end of the season to really crown the LVP, plus I didn’t even take into account minutes played, or +- points while on the floor. So if they were a one minute playing time game is weighted the same as a 48 minute game. Guess I’ll need to think of some way to integrate that.
Update: I saw this site that lists how good all the NBA players have played in the first half (by their calculations).
Vince Carter is 47th, Marbury is 178th, and Telfair is 358th. A notable Larry Hughes is 434. And in very last place we have Andrea Bargnani.
I have to admit that I’m surprised at how high up on the list Carter is.