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The Numbers Game

Position-by-Position Stats

by Ryan Knaus
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

This week's column determines which positions (PG, SG, SF, PF or C) are or aren't likely sources of the statistics that fantasy owners care about. It goes without saying that assists are concentrated among point guards, for example, but are shooting guards and small forwards reliable sources of assists? How do power forwards compare to centers in rebounds and blocks?

 

 

The overarching results, including a ‘plus-performer’ percentile which I’ll explain later, still only tell part of the story. I'll also be listing outliers -- players, like Patrick Beverley (low assists) or Paul Millsap (high steals) who don't fit easily into a one-size-fits-all analysis. The numbers below are drawn from the top-150 players (9-cat).

 

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Points

The first table displays each position's averages for the category in question, in this case points per game:

Position averages (per game)

 

Points

Point Guard

14.98

Shooting Guard

14.85

Small Forward

14.33

Power Forward

14.16

Center

12.85

 

The second table displays the percentage of players in each position who are "plus contributors" in the category. For instance, of the 60 players eligible at SG, 46.7% of them have yielded a positive return in points per game. That contrasts sharply with the 35.9% of centers who are plus contributors, making centers scarcer even before you consider that there are fewer center-eligible players available to begin with:

 

% of plus contributors: Points

Point Guard

46.3%

Shooting Guard

46.7%

Small Forward

40.1%

Power Forward

46.8%

Center

35.9%

 

Outliers (high): Durant, LeBron, PG-13, DeMarcus Cousins, Steph, Harden, DeRozan, etc.

Outliers (low): Taj Gibson, Gorgui Dieng, Amir Johnson, Nikola Jokic, Tim Duncan, Andrew Bogut, Roy Hibbert, P.J. Tucker, Thabo Sefolosha, Andre Iguodala

 

Certain players are statistical freaks who could appear on nearly every one of these 'outlier' lists...LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green foremost among them. I've left such players off a few lists but kept them on others, if only to emphasize how unique they are.

 

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3-pointers

 

Position averages (per game)

 

3s

Point Guard

1.42

Shooting Guard

1.59

Small Forward

1.52

Power Forward

0.75

Center

0.24

 

% of plus contributors: 3-pointers

Point Guard

61.0%

Shooting Guard

70.0%

Small Forward

75.5%

Power Forward

36.2%

Center

7.7%

 

Outliers (high): Ryan Anderson, Robert Covington, Kevin Durant, Chris Bosh, Kelly Olynyk, DeMarcus, Kristaps Porzingis...and the Splash Brothers

Outliers (low): Michael Carter-Williams, Tony Parker, Ish Smith, Rajon Rondo, Ricky Rubio, Dwyane Wade, Giannis Antetokounmpo, DeMar DeRozan, Jabari Parker, Thaddeus Young

 

Rebounds

 

Position averages (per game)

 

Rebounds

Point Guard

3.73

Shooting Guard

3.94

Small Forward

5.35

Power Forward

7.33

Center

8.25

 

 

% of plus contributors: Rebounds

Point Guard

4.9%

Shooting Guard

10%

Small Forward

40.8%

Power Forward

83%

Center

94.9%

 

Outliers (high): Russell Westbrook, Rajon Rondo, Will Barton, Draymond Green, Thaddeus Young

Outliers (low): Kelly Olynyk, Nikola Jokic, Jabari Parker, Harrison Barnes, J.J. Redick, Eric Gordon, Darren Collison, J.R. Smith, Evan Fournier

 

Assists


Position averages (per game)

 

Assists

Point Guard

5.52

Shooting Guard

3.47

Small Forward

2.48

Power Forward

2.01

Center

1.67

 

 

% of plus contributors: Assists

Point Guard

87.8%

Shooting Guard

51.7%

Small Forward

24.5%

Power Forward

14.9%

Center

5.1%

 

Outliers (high): Draymond, Blake Griffin, Carmelo, Millsap, LeBron, Batum, Marc Gasol, James Harden, Tyreke Evans, Pau Gasol

Outliers (low): Jeremy Lin, Lou Williams, Patrick Beverley, Jordan Clarkson, C.J. Miles, Allen Crabbe, Jeremy Lamb, Hassan Whiteside (14 assists this season, 20 in his entire career).

 

Steals

 

Position averages (per game)

 

Steals

Point Guard

1.36

Shooting Guard

1.18

Small Forward

1.14

Power Forward

0.87

Center

0.76

 

 

% of plus contributors: Steals

Point Guard

65.9%

Shooting Guard

51.7%

Small Forward

44.9%

Power Forward

23.4%

Center

12.8%

 

Outliers (high): Paul Millsap, Nerlens Noel, Robert Covington, Thaddeus Young, Derrick Favors, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Jae Crowder,

Outliers (low): Klay Thompson, Arron Afflalo, J.J. Redick, Marvin Williams, Danilo Gallinari, Robin Lopez, Enes Kanter

 

Blocks

 

Position averages (per game)

 

Blocks

Point Guard

0.30

Shooting Guard

0.35

Small Forward

0.48

Power Forward

0.98

Center

1.39

 

 

% of plus contributors: Blocks

Point Guard

73.2%

Shooting Guard

8.3%

Small Forward

22.5%

Power Forward

61.7%

Center

89.7%

 

Outliers (high): John Wall, Michael Carter-Williams, Jeremy Lin, Draymond Green, Kevin Durant, Hassan/AD/Ibaka,

Outliers (low): Zach Randolph, Jabari Parker, Thaddeus Young, Ryan Anderson, Enes Kanter, Zaza Pachulia, Evan Fournier, Jared Dudley, Marcus Morris

 

Turnovers

 

Position averages (per game)

 

TOs

Point Guard

2.43

Shooting Guard

1.95

Small Forward

1.67

Power Forward

1.66

Center

1.66

 

 

% of plus contributors: Turnovers

Point Guard

22.0%

Shooting Guard

51.7%

Small Forward

71.4%

Power Forward

61.7%

Center

64.1%

 

Outliers (high): Paul George, DeMarcus Cousins, Nerlens Noel

Outliers (low): Jose Calderon, Patrick Beverley, Marcus Smart, Mike Conley, George Hill, T.J. Warren, Marvin Williams, J.R. Smith, Al Jefferson, Cody Zeller

 

Send me a message on Twitter (@Knaus_RW) if you have any questions or insights…and check back next week for another installment of the ‘Numbers Game’. Good luck this week!

Ryan Knaus
Despite residing in Portland, Maine, Ryan Knaus remains a heartbroken Sonics fan who longs for the days of Shawn Kemp and Xavier McDaniel. He has written for Rotoworld.com since 2007. You can follow him on Twitter.