drsd wrote:Vučević was Orlando's best offensive player AND Orlando's best defensive player, statistically.
For these facts to be true, he was efficient and stable game-in-and-out.
I accept that for some fans here Vučević fails the eye test. But he does not fail the statistical tests. And last year, Vučević's stats led to wins. Winning is the only statistics that matters, after all.
Absolutely, W's are the only stat that matters.
The "eye test" for many fans is heavily influenced by the type of plays that make highlight reels.
Its hard not to look at a nasty block or insane dunk and not get hyped about it...but that type of play isn't an indicator of how much, or how little, impact that player was actually having on the floor at that time.
A player that is rarely out of position on defense just doesn't carry a fraction of the hype factor that a block does, yet it has way more impact towards winning.
Of course a block or a dunk can change the momentum of a game in some instances, but most of the time its more about style points than actual in-game impact. For me personally, I have to rely on statistics to balance off my eye test and emotional biases to be able to get a decent reading of performance and impact.