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Magic vs Pacers: Predictions

On Wednesday night, the Orlando Magic (13-24) will host the Indiana Pacers (23-15) at the Amway Center. The Magic suffered arguably their worst loss of the season to the Washington Wizards on Monday, losing 91-120. For a team that was thought to hang their hat on defense, the Magic definitely dropped the ball by allowing the league’s worst offensive team to put up 120 points.

Everything that was good about the Magic during the first half of December is quickly fading. They have a bottom 10 defense and a bottom 5 offense. The season has not been without its positives. Jameer Nelson is having a very solid season and Nik Vucevic has become a double-double machine. Also, the rookies are getting significant minutes due to a plethora of injuries plaguing the veteran players. J.J. Redick and Arron Afflalo have been good, but not consistently so. People will say that their averages are up this season, but so is their usage. The fact of the matter is that the Magic are struggling to find their identity during a stretch that has resulted in 11 losses in 12 outings. As the host of a fanpage, you’ll generally find me defending the Magic and looking at the positive. Occasionally it is important to take an objective look at the team to see where they are and where they are going. At the moment, they look lost and lost is exactly what they’ve done over the last month.

While the Magic are now only better than three teams in the East, the Pacers are only trailing two others. The Indiana Pacers have found their identity and it is anchored in a strong defense. The best defense in the league, actually. They may be extremely boring and plodding on offense, but they’ll take their 80-75 victories, because their defense is that good. Paul George is becoming a fantastic, do-it-all kind of player and David West is showing what strong, consistent veteran leadership looks like. If Roy Hibbert would just start earning that 4 year/$58,000,000 contract then they would be infinitely better. All of his numbers are down from last year except blocks, in which he still excels. His field goal percentage is down almost 10 full points.

It is time for the Crystal Ball predictions game, the second contest of the week! Remember, the winner is chosen by cumulative POINTS at the end of the week, not by games won. All results will be posted to the Crystal Ball Leaderboards page. This is the first meeting of the season, so both teams per game averages will be posted below to use as a reference. Good luck!

  1. How many points will the Magic score? A correct response will be worth three points. If you guess the winner correctly, regardless of the score, it is worth an additional point.
  2. How many points will the Pacers score? A correct response will be worth three points. If you guess the winner correctly, regardless of the score, it is worth an additional point.
  3. Which player will lead the game in scoring? Correctly guessing the player will give you one point and if you can guess the exact amount he will score, that will be an extra three points. If multiple players tie for the highest amount of points, then all of those players are eligible.
  4. Which player will lead the game in rebounding? Correctly guessing the player will give you one point and if you can guess the exact amount of boards he will snag, that will be an extra three points. If multiple players tie for the highest amount of rebounds, then all of those players are eligible.
  5. Who will post the highest +/- of the night? Guessing the correct player will give you 2 points and guessing his +/- correctly will be worth 4 bonus points.

Orlando Magic

2012-13 Regular Season Statistics
Player Averages Rebounds
Player G GS MPG FG% 3p% FT% OFF DEF TOT APG SPG BPG TO PF PPG
Arron Afflalo 37 37 36.8 0.449 0.352 0.856 0.50 3.10 3.70 2.9 0.70 0.16 2.22 2.14 17.4
Glen Davis 26 25 32.4 0.455 0.000 0.742 1.70 6.00 7.70 1.8 1.00 0.73 1.96 2.77 15.9
Jameer Nelson 28 28 35.3 0.412 0.350 0.931 0.40 3.50 3.90 7.3 1.32 0.14 2.79 2.86 15.0
J.J. Redick 36 4 31.1 0.444 0.376 0.909 0.10 2.20 2.30 4.5 0.53 0.11 2.00 1.53 14.6
Nikola Vucevic 37 37 31.8 0.513 0.000 0.649 3.30 7.70 11.10 1.5 0.73 1.11 1.65 2.81 11.5
E’Twaun Moore 30 7 22.8 0.435 0.386 0.762 0.80 1.50 2.30 2.7 0.43 0.40 1.67 1.63 8.8
Andrew Nicholson 36 9 14.9 0.538 0.000 0.795 0.80 2.40 3.20 0.4 0.36 0.33 0.89 1.81 7.7
Josh McRoberts 31 2 17.4 0.427 0.286 0.833 1.20 2.50 3.70 1.7 0.26 0.32 0.58 1.65 4.2
Hedo Turkoglu 6 1 20.0 0.313 0.083 0.500 0.30 2.50 2.80 2.3 0.50 0.17 1.50 1.50 4.0
Maurice Harkless 32 20 16.3 0.478 0.235 0.435 1.00 2.30 3.40 0.4 0.63 0.84 0.50 1.25 3.9
Gustavo Ayon 30 3 14.2 0.524 0.000 0.576 1.10 2.70 3.70 1.5 0.23 0.30 0.97 2.20 3.6
DeQuan Jones 25 10 11.5 0.440 0.300 0.615 0.30 1.70 2.00 0.2 0.20 0.32 0.32 0.72 3.1
Ish Smith 22 2 11.0 0.304 0.167 0.000 0.40 0.90 1.30 1.7 0.45 0.23 0.82 0.45 2.0
Kyle O’Quinn 20 0 5.6 0.481 0.000 1.000 0.50 1.10 1.60 0.5 0.10 0.55 0.25 1.05 1.9
Team Averages 37 0 242.0 0.456 0.346 0.784 10.38 32.38 42.76 23.0 5.84 4.57 14.78 19.43 94.9
Opponents 37 0 242.0 0.452 0.345 0.742 10.76 30.62 41.38 22.4 7.32 4.78 12.08 16.62 98.6

Indiana Pacers

2012-13 Regular Season Statistics
Player Averages Rebounds
Player G GS MPG FG% 3p% FT% OFF DEF TOT APG SPG BPG TO PF PPG
Paul George 38 38 36.4 0.420 0.371 0.790 1.30 6.40 7.70 3.7 1.71 0.68 2.76 2.82 16.9
David West 39 39 33.4 0.473 0.250 0.731 2.20 5.80 8.00 2.8 0.72 0.90 1.92 1.95 16.5
George Hill 36 36 34.9 0.424 0.345 0.864 0.60 3.90 4.40 4.9 0.89 0.39 1.75 1.75 14.6
Roy Hibbert 39 39 28.1 0.405 0.000 0.681 3.90 4.30 8.20 1.4 0.54 2.72 1.92 3.51 9.6
Lance Stephenson 37 31 27.0 0.486 0.390 0.588 0.60 3.00 3.60 2.6 1.00 0.11 1.05 1.81 7.8
Gerald Green 38 5 21.7 0.353 0.294 0.783 0.70 2.10 2.80 0.7 0.24 0.45 1.16 1.29 7.3
Tyler Hansbrough 39 0 16.3 0.420 0.000 0.729 1.60 2.50 4.10 0.3 0.28 0.31 0.95 1.82 6.4
Ian Mahinmi 39 0 16.7 0.443 0.000 0.660 1.50 2.60 4.10 0.4 0.44 0.97 1.15 2.49 5.5
D.J. Augustin 34 3 16.1 0.331 0.329 0.824 0.10 0.90 1.10 2.7 0.62 0.03 0.91 0.85 4.6
Jeff Pendergraph 11 0 4.7 0.400 0.000 0.857 0.50 1.00 1.50 0.2 0.00 0.18 0.45 0.91 2.4
Ben Hansbrough 15 0 8.9 0.286 0.313 0.786 0.10 0.80 0.90 0.7 0.40 0.07 1.00 0.93 2.1
Orlando Johnson 9 0 8.0 0.304 0.222 0.750 0.30 1.40 1.80 0.9 0.22 0.11 0.44 0.44 2.1
Miles Plumlee 6 0 3.7 0.222 0.000 1.000 0.80 0.50 1.30 0.3 0.00 0.33 0.17 0.50 1.0
Dominic McGuire 2 1 6.0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.50 0.50 1.00 0.5 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.0
Dominic McGuire (TOT) 26 10 14.9 0.429 0.000 0.300 0.70 2.30 3.00 0.8 0.50 0.42 0.46 0.00 2.0
Team Averages 39 0 241.9 0.420 0.338 0.736 13.08 33.41 46.49 19.8 6.62 6.80 14.92 19.56 91.3
Opponents 39 0 241.9 0.411 0.316 0.770 11.36 30.49 41.85 18.9 7.08 5.62 13.13 21.15 88.9

The Magic Word – An Orlando Magic blog

Magic vs Wizards: Predictions

Tonight at 7 p.m. EST the Orlando Magic (13-23) will square off against the Washington Wizards (6-28). This will be their third meeting of the season, with each team taking a victory on their home court. The Magic are contending with a better Wizards squad than they faced earlier in the season, with the return of John Wall. They are on a two game winning streak, their longest of the season.

Magic fans received some good news this week. Glen Davis, Al Harrington, and E’Twaun Moore have all returned to practice. Hopefully, this means that their returns are imminent. In the meantime, the Magic are coming off of a much-needed win against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Magic veterans are showing that they can carry the team and rookies DeQuan Jones and Maurice Harkless are showing that they can contribute, as well. Second-year standout, Nic Vucevic, is taking a lot of the sting out of losing All-Star center, Dwight Howard.

The Wizards are finally starting to find a groove. It may sound sad that a two game winning streak is the longest they have had his entire season, but it is a little more impressive when the two teams are the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks. The return of John Wall and the development of Bradley Beal are exciting factors for Washington Wizards fans. Jordan Crawford has played spectacularly, just not consistently. This game offers the Wizards a chance to keep their streak alive, especially since their next game is against the lowly Sacramento Kings.

It is time for the Crystal Ball predictions game, the first contest of the week! Remember, the winner is chosen by cumulative POINTS at the end of the week, not by games won. All results will be posted to the Crystal Ball Leaderboards page. There have been a few changes made to the scoring system, so please take note of those. This is the third meeting of the season, so the boxscore below will be from their most recent contest. Keep in mind that the Wizards were without PG’s John Wall and A.J. Price. Good luck!

  1. How many points will the Magic score? A correct response will be worth three points. If you guess the winner correctly, regardless of the score, it is worth an additional point.
  2. How many points will the Wizards score? A correct response will be worth three points. If you guess the winner correctly, regardless of the score, it is worth an additional point.
  3. Which player will lead the game in scoring? Correctly guessing the player will give you one point and if you can guess the exact amount he will score, that will be an extra three points. If multiple players tie for the highest amount of points, then all of those players are eligible.
  4. Which player will lead the game in three-pointers made? Correctly guessing the player will give you one point and if you can guess the exact amount of three-point shots he makes, that will be an extra 3 points. If multiple players tie for the highest amount of three-pointers made, then all of those players are eligible.
  5. How many players will post double-doubles? This is an all or nothing question. For every player you guess correctly, you will get 3 points. If you guess any players that do not net a double-double, then you will automatically receive 0 points for the question. Will you be bold or cautious? Good luck!
Orlando Magic
STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Gustavo Ayon, PF 35 4-8 0-0 0-0 3 4 7 3 0 0 3 3 +2 8
Moe Harkless, SF 16 3-3 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 +12 6
Nikola Vucevic, C 35 4-8 0-0 0-2 1 10 11 3 0 1 3 3 -7 8
Jameer Nelson, PG 34 6-15 4-7 0-0 0 3 3 8 1 0 3 2 -1 16
Arron Afflalo, SG 38 9-21 1-6 7-7 1 3 4 2 2 0 1 2 +1 26
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Andrew Nicholson, PF 5 1-4 0-0 0-0 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 -8 2
Kyle O’Quinn, PF 3 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 -5 2
Josh McRoberts, PF 10 1-4 0-3 0-0 0 3 3 2 0 0 1 0 -4 2
Ish Smith, PG 13 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 -7 2
J.J. Redick, SG 35 9-18 5-12 0-0 0 4 4 4 2 0 0 1 -16 23
DeQuan Jones, SG 13 0-0 0-0 2-2 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 -2 2
E’Twaun Moore, SG 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 -5 0
Glen Davis, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
39-86 10-28 9-11 9 32 41 25 5 2 13 13 97
45.3% 35.7% 81.8%
Fast break points:   7
Points in the paint:   38
Total Team Turnovers (Points off turnovers):   14 (17)
+/- denotes team’s net points while the player is on the court.

Washington Wizards

STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Martell Webster, SF 23 3-7 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 3 -9 8
Nenê, C 29 7-11 0-0 9-10 2 9 11 4 1 0 3 3 -3 23
Emeka Okafor, C 30 1-7 0-0 0-0 1 10 11 1 0 3 1 1 +3 2
Shelvin Mack, PG 14 2-7 0-4 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 1 -16 4
Bradley Beal, SG 31 4-12 0-3 3-3 0 1 1 4 1 1 0 1 +1 11
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Cartier Martin, PF 9 0-2 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 1 +1 0
Kevin Seraphin, PF 32 8-18 0-0 1-2 2 4 6 1 0 4 1 1 +10 17
Jan Vesely, SF 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 +10 0
Garrett Temple, SG 35 6-8 1-3 0-0 2 4 6 6 2 0 1 2 +22 13
Jordan Crawford, SG 34 11-16 3-5 2-2 2 4 6 6 1 0 1 1 +21 27
Chris Singleton, SF DNP COACH’S DECISION
Trevor Ariza, SF DNP STRAINED LEFT CALF
A.J. Price, PG DNP FRACTURED RIGHT HAND
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
42-88 6-20 15-17 11 36 47 25 6 8 10 14 105
47.7% 30.0% 88.2%
Fast break points:   23
Points in the paint:   46
Total Team Turnovers (Points off turnovers):   11 (8)

The Magic Word – An Orlando Magic blog

Magic vs Trailblazers: Predictions

At 10 P.M. EST, the Orlando Magic (12-21) will take on the Trailblazers (18-15) in Portland. The Magic look to stave off their longest losing streak in 9 years this evening, while Portland looks to extend their winning streak to 3. So far this year, Portland is 11-4 at home, while the Magic are 5-9 on the road. VegasInsider.com has the Magic losing by 8 points.

The Magic have struggled mightily over the last few weeks since the injury of Glen “Big Baby” Davis. They had won four games straight and were leading the entire league in defensive efficiency. Since that point, they have lost 8 games and cannot seem to find a steady offensive balance in the 4th quarter. J.J. Redick has not been playing particularly well, sparking quite a bit of trade chatter around the internet. The prevailing package that people talk about is with the Timberwolves: Derrick Williams, Luke Ridnour, and a 2013 first round pick for J.J. Redick and Gustavo Ayon. Until such a point, J.J. has to find a way to contribute offensively when his shots aren’t falling. The losses of Glen Davis and E’Twaun Moore have crippled our offense far worse than I would have originally expected.

People tend to underestimate the Trailblazers, but they have played very solidly this season. Rookie sensation, Damian Lillard, has to be attributed with a big part of their success. He is currently averaging 18.2 points and 6.4 assists, giving him an easy berth, so far, in the Rookie of the Year race. LaMarcus Aldridge is quietly having another fantastic season with averages of 20.4 points and 8.4 rebounds. One of the most surprising players on any team so far this season is J.J. Hickson. He has notched an impressive 12.2 points per game and a 7th-NBA best 10.8 rebounds per game. The 8th best rebounder in the league, so far? Nik Vucevic, only trailing Hickson by a tenth of a point.

CRYSTAL BALL PREDICTIONS

Last week ended with a three-way tie between Timothy Williams, Justin Dewberry, and Jason Rink. This is the first of only three games that counts towards Week 3, so choose wisely. Remember, the winner is chosen by cumulative POINTS at the end of the week, not by games won. All results will be posted to the Crystal Ball Leaderboards page. There have been a few changes made to the scoring system, so please take note of those. This is the first meeting of the season, so there will be no boxscore to reference. Good luck!

  1. How many points will the Magic score? A correct response will be worth three points. If you guess the winner correctly, regardless of the score, it is worth an additional point.
  2. How many points will the Trailblazers score? A correct response will be worth three points. If you guess the winner correctly, regardless of the score, it is worth an additional point.
  3. Which player will lead the game in scoring? Correctly guessing the player will give you one point and if you can guess the exact amount he will score, that will be an extra three points. If multiple players tie for the highest amount of points, then all of those players are eligible.
  4. Which player will lead the game in rebounds? Correctly guessing the player will give you one point and if you can guess the exact amount of rebounds he nets, that will be an extra 3 points. If multiple players tie for the highest amount of rebounds, then all of those players are eligible.
  5. Which player will have the final points of the game? Correctly guessing the player will be worth two points. Correctly guessing the type of basket is worth an additional two points. (i.e. two-pointer, three-pointer, or free throw) In the event of an and-one, the free throw would be the final point.

Injury Reports:

Orlando Magic

Gustavo Ayón – right thigh contusion, OUT
Glen Davis – sprained left shoulder injury, OUT; return will depend on progress made during rest/rehabilitation
Al Harrington – right knee rehabilitation, OUT; no timetable for return
E’Twaun Moore – sprained left elbow, OUT; return will depend on progress made during rest/rehabilitation

Portland Trailblazers

Meyers Leonard – (right ankle) is questionable.

Elliot Williams – (left Achilles tendon) will not play.

The Magic Word – An Orlando Magic blog

2012-2013 Fantasy Basketball Quarterly

The NBA season has officially reached its second quarter and the sample size is now large enough to start forming patterns instead of anomalies. For all of the fantasy basketball owners that didn’t end up with a top 2 pick, we are hoping that our calculated decisions proved to be shrewd. So, without further ado, here is your:

Quarter 1 Fantasy Basketball Breakdown

 League Leaders in major stat categories

  • PPG – Kobe Bryant with 29.3ppg
  • RBS – Anderson Varejao with 14.9rbg
  • AST- Rajon Rondo with 12.9apg
  • STL – Chris Paul with 2.6spg
  • BLK – Larry Sanders with 3.1bpg
  • 3PT – Ryan Anderson with 3.3pg
  • TO (total) – Kobe Bryant with 92
  • Techs (total((dumbest category ever)) – Jermaine O’neal with 7 in only 17mpg

Notes: Every year people think that Kobe is going to decline and every year he proves them wrong. He is currently notching a staggering 38mpg and absolutely stuffing the statsheet in every category. He has the highest usage rate in the entire league, which makes his 47% from the field extremely impressive. Anderson Varejao has surprised everybody by having an outstanding season on the boards. He showed glimpses of greatness last year before falling victim to injuries. Rajon Rondo was competing for the consecutive games with 10+ assist record earlier this season before he entered into a round of fisticuffs with Kris Humphries. The resulting suspension broke his streak of 37 consecutive double-digit assist games, tying for second with John Stockon. Chris Paul leading the steals category barely even deserves a comment, because it couldn’t be less surprising, unlike the next leader. Larry Sanders of the Milwaukee Bucks is leading the league in blocks per game at 3.1 in only 23mpg. After an extremely disappointing start to the season for teammate Ersan Ilyasova, Sanders was given increased playing time and proved to be a defensive stalwart in the post. Ryan Anderson is leading the league in 3 pointers per game, which is only surprising in that people were not sure exactly how large his role would be in New Orleans and whether or not he was just a product of Dwight Howard drawing defenses into the paint last year.

Positional Leaders (qualified by the position they play most frequently)

  • PG MVP – Russell Westbrook – 20.8ppg/8.7ast/4.7rb/2stl/3.3TO
  • PG Honorable Mention – Chris Paul – 16ppg/9.3ast/3.5rb/2.5stl/2.2TO
  • SG MVP – Kobe Bryant – 29.3ppg/5.3rb/4.9apg/1.6spg/3.8TO
  • SG Honorable Mention – James Harden – 24.8ppg/4.4rb/5.4apg/1.9spg/4TO
  • SF MVP – Lebron James – 25.4ppg/8.6rb/6.7apg/1.3stl/2.6TO
  • SF Honorable Mention – Kevin Durant – 27.5ppg/8.4rb/4.2apg/1.6spg/3.3TO
  • PF MVP – Carmelo Anthony – 27.9ppg/6.4rb/2apg/.9spg/2.7TO
  • PF Honorable Mention – Ryan Anderson – 18.2ppg/7.6rb/1.4apg/1TO
  • C MVP – Tim Duncan – 17.3ppg/10.3rb/2.4ast/2.5blk/1.6TO
  • C Honorable Mention – Anderson Varejao – 13.8ppg/14.6rb/3.4ast/1.5stl/1.8TO

Notes: I included the honorable mention category because some of these MVP races had very debatable outcomes. Chris Paul is arguably performing just as well as Russell Westbrook. He has less turnovers, is leading the league in steals and is second in steals. I gave Westbrook the nod because he has significantly more points and rebounds per game, while still being close behind Chris Paul in the other categories. Kobe Bryant and James Harden are both top 10 in usage, but Kobe’s stats are slightly better in most categories with a major lead in the scoring department. The most difficult matchup to decide was Kevin Durant versus Lebron James. LBJ is leading in rebounds, assists, and has less turnovers while KD has more points per game and more steals. Ultimately, Lebron has a slightly better statistical impact than Durant when viewed across all categories. Carmelo Anthony is having the best season of his career and was a very obvious choice over all other power forwards. Ryan Anderson is deserving of an honorable mention because of his impact on the 3 point category. Finally, the man who continues to thwart Father Time, Tim Duncan. At 35 years of age, Duncan is averaging a double-double with 2.5 bocks per game in limited minutes. The honorable mention goes to Side Show Andy, who is destroying all competition on the boards at the moment, averaging an astonishing 14.6 rebounds per game.

Awards

  • Rookie Leader – Damian Lillard. The first year player out of Weber State was thrust into the starting role upon being drafted 6th overall this past summer by the Portland Trailblazers. He has responded by putting up 18.9apg/3.4rb/6.4apg. Anthony Davis has been exceptional, but has been injured for a good portion of the season thus far.
  • Most Improved – Jrue Holiday. The UCLA star is having a breakout season that the Philadelphia 76ers desperately need after the departure of Lou Williams and the injury woes of star-center, Andrew Bynum. Holiday is currently averaging 18.4ppg/3.9rb/8.9apg/1.5stls. An argument could be made for James Harden, but I believe the jump in stats from last season to this season are in Holiday’s favors. Favoritism might have factored in as well. I own Jrue Holiday on my fantasy basketball team and the team name is Jruish Holidays.
  • Least Improved – Ersan Ilyasova. In his defense, over the last two weeks he has come back to life and is putting up respectable numbers again. However, the sample size is larger than just those two weeks and in general, the Milwaukee Bucks forward has been underwhelming.
  • MVP – Lebron James. This is hard to type and I’m hoping somebody rips me apart in the comments section for this. Lebron’s numbers across the board are superior when viewed next to anyone else’s. End of story.

Leave your comments below on award categories you think would be a good addition for the Quarter 2 Fantasy Basketball Breakdown!

Moneyballin’: A Guide to the Current NBA PER Leaders

“I believe that there is a championship team of twenty-five people that we can afford, because everyone else in baseball undervalues them.” In the 2011 biographical sports drama, Moneyball, Jonah Hill’s character laid out a method towards compiling a budget-friendly championship team based on advanced analytics. In the NBA, if you were compiling a list of players with the top player efficiency rating (PER) it would look like this: Lebron James, Kevin Durant, Anderson Varejao, Kobe Bryant, and Tim Duncan. If they were to coalesce on a single team their combined salaries would total $80,981,392 in 2012-2013, a number that makes them teaming up this year seems unlikely unless Space Jam 2 gets the green-light.

Lebron James is currently leading the group with a PER of 30.1, trailed only a tenth of a point by Kevin Durant. Who has the highest efficiency per 48 minutes? You guessed it, Daniel Orton from the Oklahoma City Thunder, with a staggering 70.82 PER in exactly 2 MPG spanned across just one game played. Maybe former Orlando Magic GM Otis Smith saw something we didn’t when he drafted the injury prone young center. Aside from a couple random anomalies, the list is topped by the best NBA players.

This list bolsters the idea that the best teams need at least two great players to succeed. The only teams that have two players with top-26 PERs are the Heat, Grizzlies, Thunder, Clippers, Spurs, Knicks, Cavaliers and Lakers. With the exception of the Lakers and Cavaliers, we are talking about the 6 best records in the NBA currently. In the instance of the Lakers, many analysts still believe they have enough juice to turn their season around and make a serious shot at a title.

The NBA obviously isn’t as geared towards forming championship caliber teams through advanced metrics as the MLB. The statistics still prove which players gives their team the best shot at winning and in the NBA, the stars have the highest advanced metric statistics. Outside of good fortune through the draft, only the wealthiest of teams can aspire to retain multiple superstars in their primes. In an era where superstars tend to cluster, the best teams will have at least two superstars atop the PER list.