Colbinii wrote:My approach to this isn't "who had the better season"--its which players am I most likely to win with or which players increase my odds of winning the most.
So, you prefer the guy with durability issues who literally was not available in the most important games of the season for his team?
Dr Positivity wrote:You've been bullish on RAPM and +/-, why not 2009 Yao?
10th RAPM on Engelmann
20/10 on .618 TS%, .196 WS/48, 3.1 BPM is not bad boxscore. Very low maintenance player compared to Hayes and McGrady.
The numbers I have;
2005 Tracy McGrady 18th, top 4% in RAPM, 26/6/6/2/1 on -0.3 rts & 5.2 obpm
2009 Yao Ming 14th, top 3% in RAPM, 20/10/2/0/2 on +7.4 rts & 1.6 obpm
(I really do not care about WS/48 at this point, the only thing I use WS for is this project to create a shortlist as I look at players with 5+ WS to eliminate bad or injured players.)
Coupled with McGrady's performance in the playoffs, especially his defense on Nowitzki while keeping up with his usual offensive production and Ming missing 4 of 13 postseason games, the Rockets going 2-2 in those games, I really do not see much case for Ming in here.
As for Hayes, I've always been high on him. Despite his inefficient scoring, his creation volume was quite high as his motor and aggressiveness were off the charts. Ming was not the defensive player that Hayes was.