NBA Player Rankings 1/25/19

2019 has been the year of the star in NBA. League superstars have taken over and produced some of the most insane stat lines and stretches of play in NBA history. With so many stars producing at a high level this season, I thought it would be interesting to attempt to rank every NBA player using advanced metrics and stats. Because of the vastly different play styles and ways to affect the game, it’s impossible to come up with a system that takes every factor into account. I compiled some of what I think are the best metrics/indicators of NBA success, and used them to rank every NBA player.

Each player has four scores: Offensive Score, Defensive Score, Value Score, and Total Score. Offensive and Defensive Score use metrics such as win shares and box plus/minus to assess the effect each player has on each side of the ball. The Value Score uses all-encompassing player evaluation metrics such as PER and VORP to determine how valuable each player is to their team. These three scores are then combined to reach a Total Score.

Here are the results of the first weekly NBA Player Rankings:

 

Rk

Player

Total Score

Off. Score Def. Score

Value Score

1 James Harden

413.8

175 98.7

140.1

2 Anthony Davis

402.5

136 130.9

135.6

3 Giannis Antetokounmpo

401.5

118 153.3

130.2

4 Rudy Gobert

377.9

108 156.8

113.1

5 Nikola Jokic

377.2

129 124.6

123.6

6 Paul George

348

114.5 122.5

111

7 Kyrie Irving

346.9

126.5 104.3

116.1

8 Kawhi Leonard

341.6

116.5 105.7

119.4

9 Karl-Anthony Towns

341.5

106 121.8

113.7

10 Nikola Vucevic

338.2

96.5 125.3

116.4

11 Kevin Durant

338.2

125.5 98.7

114

12 Stephen Curry

337.8

147 71.4

119.4

13 LeBron James

335.9

110.5 107.8

117.6

14 Joel Embiid

332.4

96 121.8

114.6

15 Damian Lillard

328.7

136 82.6

110.1

16 Domantas Sabonis

324.1

98 116.9

109.2

17 Jusuf Nurkic

322.8

83.5 131.6

107.7

18 Montrezl Harrell

318.9

104.5 104.3

110.1

19 Ben Simmons

316.8

93 121.8

102

20 Blake Griffin

315.6

106 104.3

105.3

21 Clint Capela

314.2

108 97.3

108.9

22 Steven Adams

313.3

96 120.4

96.9

23 Russell Westbrook

301.5

59.5 142.1

99.9

24 Pascal Siakam

297.3

93.5 112

91.8

25 Eric Bledsoe

293.9

91.5 108.5

93.9

 

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