I’ve decided that in order to be the least valuable player a player has to average at least 24 minutes each game played. They don’t have to be a starter, but a player that plays meaningful minutes. This will get rid of all of the players who statistically look bad, but this is because they play garbage time. I was doing another look at Hollinger’s PER statistics and decided that I’d look at Ricky Davis.
So far Ricky has played in 51 games averaging 34.9 minutes a game. Now that is some significant playing time. For the full line of stats check out the full Hollinger line. He is number 235.
Having a PER of 11.10 is not that great. But this is not an all encompassing statistic so let’s go over to 82games.com. His +- for On/Off the floor is -5.4. Which is pretty bad. But then again he is playing for the Miami Heat where every player has negative amounts for both their on the court and off the court contributions. So Dwayne Wade has a +4.0 because the team is -6.3 while he’s on the floor and -10.2 when off (I’m assuming there is some rounding that gets lost otherwise it would be a +3.9). But the -9.1 compared to a -3.6 for on vs off court production is pretty bad for Davis. We’ll have to keep track throughout the season to see if he can turn things around.
Another player I thought I’d look at is Martell Webster of the Portland Trailblazers. He only had a PER of 11.7 which leaves him as 219 on the list. But what about his other stats?
Martell has played 52 games averaging 28.8 minutes a game. Sounds like a heavily relied upon player to me. Webster actually has a -7.4 for his +- stat. That is the worst on the Trailblazers. I feel I have found another good candidate for Least Valuable Player.
If anyone else has any ideas leave a comment or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. So when the season ends I will revisit all of the players nominated and decide who has been put into the position to do well for their team but has produced the least results. Then we will crown the Least Valuable Player in the league.