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If I was David Stern, I'd look at those quotes and say, "Yeah, Ron, you need to actually pretend that the suspension served its purpose."
2 years, 2 months ago on World Peace says he won’t shake James Harden’s hand
@JamesChurch I'd disagree that it's a great attempt, but that's neither here nor there. I strongly prefer Wins Produced per 48 (WP48), developed by Dave Berri and the guys at Wages of Wins. It demonstrates an r-squared value of about 0.95, meaning it explains wins with a very high degree of accuracy. To make a baseball analogy, PER is batting average and WP48 is WAR. The first isn't exactly useless, but it doesn't explain nearly enough to deserve its esteemed status.
2 years, 2 months ago on Practice Report: KD’s done being second
@Crow PER is a terrible stat that rewards volume shooting, not efficiency - it's been shown that so long as you can shoot a measly 33% from the field, more shots will increase your PER. It simply doesn't have a strong correlation to winning in any valid regression models, with an r-squared value around 0.35, meaning that it only explains 35% of wins.
LeBron had a great season and KD isn't at his level (though he's still a superstar), but PER is a bad metric to use to show that.