Wins Produced Per 48 Minutes. That's what WP48 stands for. It's a measure devised to essentially tell you who the most valuable players have been throughout the season. It tells you who helped produce the most wins per game for their team which means they did positive things on the court. A positive WP48 means you helped your team. A negative WP48 means you hurt your team. It's pretty simple to understand. In this measure I decided to look at only players who recorded 1500+ minutes this season and I did it by position classification. For instance, I couldn't have LeBron James and Kevin Durant on the team together. If this were an All-NBA team then I'd have designated positions -- i.e. PG, SG, SF, PF, and C -- that the players had to fit into. That's what I'm going to do with this one. So it's among players with 1500+ minutes played and no overlapping a position. Here we go.
PG: Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers (.313 WP48) | To sum it up, the guy was a beast. Among players with 2000+ minutes played this season, Chris Paul ranked 2nd in the entire NBA in Wins Produced Per 48 Minutes. He also produced the 2nd most Wins in the entire NBA this season. The number one player will be up here shortly. The average point guard in the NBA this season averaged .099 WP48. Chris Paul exceeded that by over three times as much. In fact, Russell Westbrook put up a .102 mark this season. Chris Paul was three times as valuable to his team and produced three times as many wins per 48 minutes than Russell Westbrook. It's pretty crazy when you think about it.
SG: James Harden, Oklahoma City Thunder (.263 WP48) | If I had used a 2000+ minute restriction, James Harden would have actually be ineligible. So, too, would have been most of the shooting guards in the league. In fact, Wesley Matthews would be sitting here. But, anyways, it's James Harden. He tops the list. Just how valuable and productive was James Harden this season? Well, to put it simply, he was about five-and-a-half times more valuable and productive than Kobe Bryant (.047) was. Harden also produced 8.4 more wins than Bryant did. James Harden, a truly underrated player.
SF: LeBron James, Miami Heat (.358 WP48) | Welcome to the most valuable, most productive, most dangerous, and most hated player in the NBA today. To put the kind of season that LeBron James had into perspective, I simply should just say this. He was one-and-a-half times more valuable and productive than Kevin Durant. Yes, you read that right. The average small forward produced 2.7 wins this season. LeBron James produced 17.3. A full six times more than the average player at his position. That tells you what kind of player LeBron James truly is.
PF: Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder (.263 WP48) | It's kind of funny when you realize it that James Harden and Serge Ibaka make this list for the Oklahoma City Thunder but their dynamic duo of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant don't. It kind of makes you realize who really makes that team go. However, Ibaka wasn't the runaway winner at power forward this season. The guy who finished second, Ersan Ilyasova, put up .251 WP48. Had Kenneth Faried been eligible for this, he would have been the surefire runaway winner since he put up .317 in only 1037 minutes. For my fellow Clippers fans that are wondering, Blake Griffin was at .186, which wasn't even the best mark on the team among power forwards. That went to Reggie Evans, who was at .192.
C: Tyson Chandler, New York Knicks (.311 WP48) | Chandler actually earned this legitimately. He played about 100 more minutes than Joakim Noah (.281) but 9 fewer minutes than Dwight Howard (.243) and still outproduced each one by a significant margin. Oddly enough, and much to my surprise, among centers with 1500+ minutes played this season, DeAndre Jordan was the fourth most valuable at his position with a .235 WP48 mark. Yes, even more valuable than Andrew Bynum (.208) despite Bynum playing 300 more minutes. I know, I'm just as shocked as you are.
There's your team of the best players by position this past season according to WP48. A team that would probably never lose a game considering the interior defense of Tyson Chandler coupled with the weakside shot-blocking ability of Serge Ibaka would make it damn near impossible for teams to score inside the paint. Not to mention LeBron James' suffocating defense on the perimeter and also in the post to go with Chris Paul and James Harden being capable defenders at the guard positions. Yes, I'm aware Chris Paul got named to All-Defensive First Team. I don't put much stock into that. He was a good defender, though. Not the best at his position, however. Anyways, that team would be great.
Now, let's take a look at the worst team by position.
PG: Derek Fisher, Los Angeles Lakers / Oklahoma City Thunder (.001 WP48) | Fisher barely reached the 1500+ minute threshold. He was at 1508. Whew. That was close. He was, lucky, however. Norris Cole of the Miami Heat missed playing 1500 minutes this season by a measly 240. That was only 3.7 MPG per 65 games that Cole played. So, if Cole had received an extra 4 minutes per game he would be sitting here. Cole was amazingly bad. The second worst point guard this season with 1500+ minutes played was Kemba Walker (.011). While Fisher wasn't negative, he provided zero help to his team.
SG: Jordan Crawford, Washington Wizards (-.027 WP48) | How bad was Crawford exactly? Well, the closest guy to him at his position with the minutes played requirement was at .021. Ironically enough, it was a Crawford. But, this time, it was Jamal Crawford. Not a good year for the Crawford's actually. Monta Ellis, in all his scoring barrage glory, was the third worst shooting guard this season during this exercise. I guess Golden State was smart to trade him away, which I'm sure we all knew at the time. Jordan Crawford is a chucker and showed why he isn't valuable.
SF: Nick Young, Washington Wizards / Los Angeles Clippers (-.060 WP48) | I know, you're wondering how this happened. Would you believe me if I told you he was worse in WP48 with the Clippers than he was with the Wizards? Now, that all changed in the playoffs when the guy was one of the most valuable players on the court for us but he struggled throughout the regular season to make a positive contribution in wins. Another USC byproduct was behind him, DeMar DeRozan (-.030). And, to top it all off, Caron Butler was the fourth worst. Yikes.
PF: Antawn Jamison, Cleveland Cavaliers (-.037 WP48) | As if it wasn't bad enough for Jamison to be the worst jump-shooter from 16+ feet on two-point shots this season, he was also the worst power forward in the league. Just not a good year for him when you really think about it. If you look at players who played 1000 minutes or more this season then the worst guy would have been Tyrus Thomas (-.097). Yes, even worse than Lamar Odom (-.080). Tyrus Thomas was epic bad. But neither of them got 1500 minutes therefore Jamison is lucky, err unlucky, enough to win this award.
C: Kendrick Perkins, Oklahoma City Thunder (.039 WP48) | Yes, this was the worst true center in the NBA this season. On this list I ran across Amare Stoudemire at center but he played the majority of his minutes at power forward therefore I feel it's unfair to put him here. The runaway winner, or loser, at this award would have easily been Byron Mullens but he only got 1465 minutes. A mere 35 minutes away from the threshold. Mullens put up a blistering -.084 WP48. Either way, Perkins is a true center and was the least valuable this season. His value, to be honest, has always been overstated.
When taking a larger look at the big picture, the worst player in the NBA this season who saw 500 or more minutes was Austin Daye (-.176). The previously mentioned Norris Cole (-.108) was the loser in the clubhouse among players with 1000 or more minutes played. But, since this is a Clippers site, I figured I would have to throw this little nugget in there. Brian Cook saw 121 minutes as a member of the Los Angles Clippers this season. He posted a WP48 of -.367. I mean, hey, we got Nick Young for him who, while he makes this worst team, at least was not as bad as Brian Cook was for us. That's gotta be an upgrade, right?
Hope you all enjoyed this.