Plus-minus can be a polarizing statistic.
While it certainly doesn’t tell the whole story and can be deceiving at times, it can serve as a good barometer for a player’s impact on the game. NBC Sports Bay Area's Grant Liffmann shared the Warriors’ plus-minus numbers (per 100 possessions) through the first eight games of the season.
Standing out at the top of that list? Damion Lee, who has been a revelation as a backup guard.
Lee is shooting 50 percent (14-for-28) from beyond the arc this season and provides good size with his 6-foot-5, 210-pound frame. He’s probably the closest thing the team has to Klay Thompson at this point and could perhaps fill-in as Steph Curry’s Splash Brother-in-Law if given a bigger role.
Andrew Wiggins is shooting 40.5 percent from 3-point land this year, which is far above his career average of 33.4 percent, but Kelly Oubre Jr. (6-for-42) remains in a funk from long distance. Perhaps Lee should be getting more minutes than the 18.3 per game he’s getting now. Another solid shooter alongside Curry could open up the floor and give the Warriors space to move in Steve Kerr’s offense.
The plus-minus stats also reveal another big storyline from the Warriors’ season: the second unit has been a strength of the team. Lee, Brad Wanamaker and Kent Bazemore have provided nice sparks off the bench, while Wiggins has evolved into something of the top man for the second group.
There are still a lot of moving parts for the Warriors, but Lee and the bench deserve some credit for the start they’ve had this season.