NBA Player Rankings 2/1/19

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 playstyles 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 this week’s NBA Player Rankings:

Rk

Player Total Score Off. Score Def. Score Value Score Change
1 James Harden 404.2 178 85.8 140.4

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2 Giannis Antetokounmpo 392.8 124 136.8 132 +1
3 Anthony Davis 384.5 137 111.6 135.9 -1
4 Nikola Jokic 374.3 135.5 112.8 126 +1
5 Rudy Gobert 363.4 113.5 135 114.9 -1
6 Paul George 339.4 121 105.6 112.8 0
7 Stephen Curry 334.9 152.5 61.8 120.6 +5
8 Karl-Anthony Towns 334.6 113.5 105.6 115.5 +1
9 Kyrie Irving 334.2 129 88.8 116.4 -2
10 Kawhi Leonard 329.2 119.5 91.2 118.5 -2
11 Nikola Vucevic 326.7 100.5 109.2 117 -1
12 Damian Lillard 323.9 141.5 70.8 111.6 +3
13 Kevin Durant 322.5 126 84 112.5 -2
14 LeBron James 320.2 110.5 93 116.7 -1
15 Joel Embiid 315.6 96 105.6 114 -1
16 Ben Simmons 303.9 96 105.6 102.3 +3
17 Clint Capela 301.2 108 84.6 108.6 +4
18 Blake Griffin 300.7 107.5 88.8 104.4 +2
19 Steven Adams 297.5 98 102.6 96.9 +3
20 Pascal Siakam 285.2 98 95.4 91.8 +4
21 LaMarcus Aldridge 284.8 100 81.6 103.2 NR
22 Russell Westbrook 282.6 60 123 99.6 +1
23 Mike Conley 277.5 105 75 97.5 NR
24 DeAndre Jordan 276.9 73.5 113.4 90 NR
25 Tobias Harris 270.5 99.5 78 93 NR

 

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