Winning Performances

Posted on 03/03/2011 by

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“It is the rule in war, if ten times the enemy’s strength, surround them; if five times, attack them; if double, be able to divide them; if equal,engage them; if fewer, be able to evade them; if weaker, be able to avoid them.” -Sun Tzu “The Art of War”

WP48 0.776
Wins 0.592
PerMinUsage 24.31
MP 37.28
P2 8.14
P2A 12.46
P3 1.69
P3A 2.65
FGM 9.83
FGA 15.11
FG% 65.0%
FT 5.69
FTA 6.91
FT% 82.4%
ORB 3.11
DRB 9.13
RB 12.24
AST 5.05
TOV 1.81
STL 1.63
BLK 1.17
PF 2.20
Points 27.03
Win % 0.760

That’s the average of the 179 most awesome games of the season so far but we’ll get back to that.

Shock and Awe. It is a military strategy based on a simple conceit: come hard or stay home. The idea is to overwhelm your opponent with extreme force so that the out come of the battle is never in doubt.

My love affair with the MVP race continues in this post. So far we’ve done:

Today we look at winning performances. Just what is a winning performance? For me, It’s a player who generates more than one half of a win in a game (i.e. .5 Win Produced). Basically, It’s the basketball equivalent of severe overkill.

Cue the Matrix theme

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Let’s get to the tables:


And tabulate the results:

Player >.500 Wins Produced Performances Team Win % on those Nights
Kevin Love 17 41%
Dwight Howard 13 46%
LeBron James 7 86%
Zach Randolph 6 83%
Kevin Garnett 5 100%
Russell Westbrook 4 100%
Pau Gasol 4 75%
Blake Griffin 4 75%
Kevin Durant 4 100%
Al Horford 4 50%
Paul Pierce 4 75%
Steve Nash 4 50%
Josh Smith 4 100%
Tim Duncan 4 100%
Marcus Camby 3 100%
Landry Fields 3 67%
Dwyane Wade 3 100%
Dirk Nowitzki 3 100%
Rudy Gay 3 100%
D.J. Augustin 2 50%
Jason Richardson 2 50%
Ed Davis 2 100%
Dorell Wright 2 100%
Chris Paul 2 50%
Rajon Rondo 2 100%
Paul Millsap 2 100%
Elton Brand 2 100%
Gerald Wallace 2 50%
Emeka Okafor 2 50%
Amir Johnson 2 50%
Shane Battier 2 100%
Kobe Bryant 2 100%
LaMarcus Aldridge 2 100%
Andrei Kirilenko 2 100%
Jose Calderon 2 50%
Boris Diaw 1 0%
Baron Davis 1 0%
Ersan Ilyasova 1 100%
James Harden 1 100%
Nene Hilario 1 100%
Jared Dudley 1 0%
Reggie Evans 1 100%
Jason Kidd 1 100%
Thaddeus Young 1 100%
Channing Frye 1 100%
Mike Dunleavy 1 100%
Tyreke Evans 1 100%
Beno Udrih 1 100%
Chauncey Billups 1 100%
Rashard Lewis 1 100%
Chris Bosh 1 100%
Carlos Boozer 1 100%
Andris Biedrins 1 0%
Carmelo Anthony 1 0%
Arron Afflalo 1 100%
Tracy McGrady 1 100%
David West 1 100%
Matt Barnes 1 100%
Andre Iguodala 1 100%
Nazr Mohammed 1 0%
Kevin Martin 1 100%
Omri Casspi 1 0%
DeAndre Jordan 1 100%
Andrew Bogut 1 100%
Kyle Lowry 1 0%
Brandon Jennings 1 100%
Lamar Odom 1 100%
Raymond Felton 1 100%
Deron Williams 1 100%
Ronny Turiaf 1 100%
Derrick Rose 1 100%
Carlos Delfino 1 100%
Andre Miller 1 100%
Stephen Jackson 1 100%
Linas Kleiza 1 0%
Tayshaun Prince 1 100%
Luol Deng 1 100%
Hedo Turkoglu 1 100%
Manu Ginobili 1 100%
Jameer Nelson 1 100%
Marcin Gortat 1 100%
JaVale McGee 1 100%
John Wall 1 100%

Kevin Love wins it in a walk. Shock and Awe indeed. Howard comes in at two.The King, Z-Bo and KG round out the top five.

Jostling for MVP Position

But we kinda knew that. What more fun is breaking it down by team and asking the Graphical question: Do teams take advantage of winning performances?

Teams generally win these games at a 75% clip. Good teams close the deal. Miami and Boston lead the league in cashing in on these performances. Orlando and Minnesota however are wasting what they have.

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