This whole thing is silly. An offensive rebound isn't worth the same as a point. It doesn't take turnovers into account. Shouldn't a turnover equal a negative point. Silly.
At MrSEC.com, we’re not big on awards. Bias can play a role in who votes for whom. Can an MVP be only a great team or can someone be MVP on a rotten squad?
For those reasons and more, we turn to statistics to help decide who’s the best at what they do. And today, we look at the most productive offensive players in the SEC this season.
There were exactly 100 SEC basketball players who played at least 300 minutes this season. We went through all of their stats — and we’ll do the same with defense tomorrow — to find which players were the most productive offensively.
Our formula? We looked at the three big pluses a player could contribute to his team on offense: points scored, assists dished out, and offensive rebounds grabbed. We took those stats and added them together. Then we compared them to the number of minutes played by each SEC player in 2011-12.
Below are the SEC’s top 20 players in terms of offensive production by minute. At the top of the list: Arkansas freshman BJ Young. Mike Anderson couldn’t land him at Missouri, but he’s sure glad now that John Pelphrey coaxed him to Arkansas.
The St. Louis native averaged 15.3 points per game, 2.3 assists per game and 3.1 rebounds (total, not just offensive) per game or the Razorbacks in his first season. Not a bad debut. And compared to his minutes played, Young made an offensive contribution to his team .734 times per minute. That was the best number in the SEC. By far.
Here’s the full top 20 for offensive production:
|Player||Minutes||Off. Rebounds||Assists||Points||Total||Positive Plays Per Minute|
|1. BJ Young (Ark)||782||29||70||475||574||.734|
|2. J. Taylor (VU)||1005||71||57||531||659||.655|
|3. J. Jenkins (VU)||1009||15||34||601||650||.644|
|4. J. Green (Ala)||661||59||40||317||416||.629|
|5. K. Boynton (UF)||983||19||77||521||617||.627|
|5. D. Nelson (UM)*||301||6||20||163||189||.627|
|7. G. Robinson (UGA)||910||21||108||428||557||.612|
|8. D. Bost (MSU)||1109||17||164||490||671||.605|
|9. J. Maymon (UT)||861||87||37||391||515||.598|
|10. A. Moultrie (MSU)||985||105||32||451||588||.596|
|11. A. Davis (UK)||969||92||26||446||564||.582|
|11. T. Golden (UT)||987||18||141||416||575||.582|
|13. J. Hamilton (LSU)||895||100||28||391||519||.579|
|14. T. Jones (UK)||821||71||39||358||468||.570|
|15. E. Walker (UF)||969||17||147||385||549||.566|
|16. M. Rosario (UF)||387||9||28||181||218||.563|
|17. S. Warren (LSU)||573||57||16||242||315||.549|
|18. J. O’Bryant (LSU)||531||75||9||207||291||.548|
|18. F. Ezeli (VU)||481||45||6||213||264||.548|
|20. P. Young (UF)||815||81||37||325||443||.543|
(* Dundrecous Nelson was dismissed from the Ole Miss team in early-January.)
The stats have been double- and triple-checked, but it’s certainly possible that a digit has been flipped or flopped during transcription. Them’s a lotta numbers for me to type. If you see a typo, just let me know.
As stated above, we’ll dig into the defensive numbers tomorrow. But congrats to BJ Young and all the players in our Top 20. No one made more positive things happen on the offensive end of the floor than those guys.