Daily Thunder reader, commenter and professional scientist Andy Collard is an advanced basketball metrics expert. He’s going to be sharing some Thunder thoughts centered around advanced stats during the season and here he starts with a retrospective on KD’s historical performance in Turkey.
While watching KD hit those two 3 pointers in a row to start the second half of the FIBA finals, my first reaction was to flip out. After I finished yelling ecstatic profanities and then assuring my girlfriend that I didn’t have Tourette’s Syndrome, I got to wondering just how great his finals performance was. It was clear Durant was playing better than Danny Granger, Chauncy Billups and even Ersan Ilyasova, but I wanted to put KD’s performance in a larger context.
Over at Basketball Reference’s blog they had a great post of advanced stats for the 2010 US team, the Redeem Team and the 1994 US team, the last to win a World Championship. KD’s overall numbers stack up great compared to everyone there, save Reggie Miller, who went OFF during those 1994 world championships (61% FG, 53% 3pt, 95% FT for a true shooting percentage (TS%) of 83.7%… which is just unreal. Only Artis Gilmore has ever posted a TS% above even 70 for an NBA season).
I was more curious about the individual game performances, though, because as we saw the huge blowouts can mean so little after the first quarter and those stats are largely irrelevant. So I decided to use John Hollinger’s game score metric to quantify and put into context the sweetness of KD in the world championship. Hollinger’s game score is in effect a single-game replacement for his PER (player efficiency rating), because his formula is too complex to be used for a single game. The formula is: Keep Reading…