The Biggest Losers

Posted on 02/28/2011 by

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We’re staying close to yesterday’s topic today. Yesterday we talked about NBA teams late season attempts at Kaizen (Japanese for “change for the better”) better known as the trade season.

Today we’re going to focus on Muda.

Muda is the japanese word for an activity that is wasteful and doesn’t add value. Keeping in mind that the goal in the NBA is wins of course and that our standard  is Wins Produced (explained here in the Basics and powered by Nerdnumbers) we are going to talk losers.

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Losers will be all players who for each season cost their team wins (and winners generate wins). Here’s a fun table:

16% of all minutes in the NBA go to players who cost their team wins. The cost of these losses is around -8.4% of the Wins produced by the winners in the league. The Lakers and Blazers are the best at avoiding bad players while the Clippers and Bobcats draw them like flies to cadavers.

Here’s another fun table:

That’s the teams with the most losses produced all time. What the point of all this? If I add in the projected numbers for this years teams,

Team % of Minutes for Winners % of Minutes for Losers Wins Loses Total Wins % Win Loss
2011MIN 47% 53% 36.4 -12.5 23.9 -34.4%
2011TOR 48% 52% 34.7 -10.1 24.6 -29.2%
2011NJN 60% 40% 31.1 -7.37 23.8 -23.7%
2011CLE 63% 37% 21.9 -8.62 13.3 -39.4%
2011BOS 72% 28% 62.6 -4.17 58.4 -6.7%
2011WAS 78% 22% 24.9 -2.69 22.2 -10.8%
2011LAC 79% 21% 36.5 -5.33 31.2 -14.6%
2011OKC 79% 21% 50.5 -3.31 47.2 -6.6%
2011DEN 83% 17% 51.8 -3.28 48.5 -6.3%
2011UTA 84% 16% 45.4 -5.88 39.5 -13.0%
2011LAL 84% 16% 59.5 -1.78 57.7 -3.0%
2011PHO 83% 17% 45.7 -4.39 41.3 -9.6%
2011POR 84% 16% 48.4 -5.94 42.4 -12.3%
2011ORL 85% 15% 59.6 -3.2 56.4 -5.4%
2011ATL 86% 14% 48.4 -4.81 43.5 -9.9%
2011HOU 87% 13% 46.7 -3.83 42.9 -8.2%
2011NOH 87% 13% 49.3 -2.6 46.7 -5.3%
2011SAC 87% 13% 27.2 -2.16 25.0 -7.9%
2011GSW 88% 12% 35 -3.31 31.6 -9.5%
2011IND 88% 12% 41.4 -1.58 39.8 -3.8%
2011MIA 89% 11% 63.5 -1.39 62.1 -2.2%
2011MEM 93% 7% 49.7 -3.42 46.3 -6.9%
2011CHI 93% 7% 58 -1.58 56.4 -2.7%
2011DET 95% 5% 33.1 -3.23 29.8 -9.8%
2011NYK 94% 6% 44.2 -2.2 42.0 -5.0%
2011MIL 96% 4% 37.5 -0.57 36.9 -1.5%
2011CHA 96% 4% 37.2 -2.4 34.8 -6.5%
2011DAL 98% 2% 51.6 -0.43 51.2 -0.8%
2011SAS 98% 2% 60.8 -0.85 59.9 -1.4%
2011PHI 99% 1% 47.2 -1.27 45.9 -2.7%

I get:

As much as  Kevin Love is historically good, his team is historically bad.

Free Kevin Love.

That is all.

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