Individual Stats... so and so will contribute because he puts up so and so numbers. So and so is better than so and so just look at his PER vs. his PER.
Since modern day players focus on themselves so much, I guess it is only natural for modern day sportswriters to focus on their individual play.
Sometimes things can't be recorded with individual stats (even though we seem to love them, except on the job or in school). It's called the X factor, this can pan out in many ways. Can a player provide surge? Can he make a team glue together and perform their best? Can he actually make them believe they are championship caliber material when no one else does?
We saw this in the 2001/2002 New Jersey Nets team. One player came on that team and transformed the entire Nets landscape. Losers to Winners overnight.
It takes a special player to do this, a leader.
Baron clearly has proven he can do this for the Clippers.
We saw this two seasons ago when GS went deep into the playoffs. They were playing WAY above their perceived "level."
Nets went 31/51 in 99/00, 26/56 in 00/01. Then Kidd came... 52/30 in 01/02.
I don't think it is unreasonable to think that Baron can do the same. Ignite something under these guys, sparking fire, and raising everyones' play to another level.
Pretty soon we are going to see writers go...WOWEEE...we never saw this coming.
Maybe I'm being too optimistic, I am a Clipper fan after all.
Let the Baron Davis Era begin.