# 2011 Playoffs in Numbers and Graphs

Posted on 05/29/2011 by

Bored silly today. Don’t quite feel like writing the Finals preview as of yet. I need to let it sort itself out organically in my head.

Instead I decided to illustrate the hell out of these playoffs.

Because information is beautiful.

And funny too

The Rundown

Let’s start with a quick roundown of the stats we are going to use:

• Basic information: Player , Team, Number of games, Minute per game, Position
• The Classic Wins Produced stats (explained here) and my own opponent adjusted Wins Produced Stats (explained here). The difference? Classic assumes the opposing player is average. Opponent adjusted goes out and checks by position. Thes will be in total and per 48 minutes mode.
• Do it Yourself Offensive Point Margin Stats:
• Offensive Point Margin: this is the marginal value created by the player per offensive play spent. The calculation is:
• OPM = (Points per Play for Player- Avg Points per play for Player for League)*Offensive Plays for Player
• Defensive Point Margin: this is the marginal value surrendered by the player per offensive play spent. The calculation is:
• DPM = (Points per Play for Opponent- Avg Points per play for Player for League)*Offensive Plays for Opponent. I’m doing this one by position averages per game.
• Combined Margin: this is just OPM-DPM
• The new additions are Game Impact stats. Given that series lengths are different and player minutes are different as well,  I wanted to work out the player value both on Wins and Point Margin. I worked out Wins Produced per game, the Wins Produced that could be expected from an average player and I also worked out the point margin generated by that player ( This is (WP per game for Player- WP per game for Average player)*15.5)

Rounds are sorted by game impact. Overall is sorted by total impact

Round 1

First we sort by overall impact.

Then we sort by team.

Finally a Word Cloud by point margin produced per game (upside down text is bad i.e. negative contribution).

CP3 is your round 1 MVP followed by Lebron and then Dwight.

LVP goes to Hansbrough.

Round 2

First we sort by overall impact.

Then we sort by team.

Finally a Word Cloud by point margin produced per game (upside down text is bad i.e. negative contribution).

Round 2 MVP goes to Wade followed by Dirk and the JET.

LVP goes to Jamal Crawford.

Round 3

First we sort by overall impact.

Then we sort by team.

Finally a Word Cloud by point margin produced per game (upside down text is bad i.e. negative contribution).

Your round 3 MVP goes to JKidd followed by Lebron and Harden.

LVP goes to DeShawn Stevenson but Westbrook and Rose get dishonorable mention here.

Overall

First we sort by overall impact (remember this time it’s by totals).

Then we sort by team (again remember this time it’s by totals).

Finally a Word Cloud by point margin produced per game (upside down text is bad i.e. negative contribution).

Playoff MVP? The King.

Playoff LVP? Kendrick Perkins

Maybe Danny wasn’t completely insane.