og15 wrote:Per 36 is a great comparison stats. I like per 36 when comparing players that we know can play the minutes being talked about (not Mike Sweetney), or used in context. Both Butler and J-Rich can play 36+ MPG, just that their coaches might not have wanted to leave them on that long this past season because of a another player needing minutes, or them sucking at something else. As long as it isn't a stamina issue, then it's all good.
It's a good baseline to compare because minutes = production, and when you get over about 20+ MPG, it's not a situation of a guy who plays few minutes and goes all out and can't sustain his level of play/energy (and usually you see it reflected in high foul rate, etc for some guys like that).
It's useless to say player A is a better scorer than player B because he scores 15 PPG in 37 minutes, and player B scores 12 PPG in 27 minutes.
That is true that if everyone is unloaded, then J-Rich making $6M for a year isn't an issue, don't think it is possible, or that the team would do that. Probably isn't the best rep for a team that they just unload all their guys like that.
I think it's generally best seen in what I call the "fake" MIP's. The guys that didn't actually get better, but just played more, eg: Ryan Anderson, etc.
In this case it's fine, as you explained with your example and how you used it for Butler and Richardson. But I've seen people use it for their favorite young players to prove a point.
When it comes to scoring some things can't really be predicted. Like hot and cold streaks, some guys can score 15 points in 10 minutes then miss the rest of their shots for the game.