March 21st, 2013 01:30 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Charles Carmouche, Fred Thomas, Minutes Played, Missouri Alex Oriakhi, Ole Miss, Positive Plays, Shavon Coleman
Postseason awards are legion. Every hour someone is handing out another award. Most all of them are distributed based upon the “eye test.” At some level they’re part popularity contest.
At MrSEC, we like to do things differently and we hand out our yearly postseason honors based upon actual data, actual numbers. You may disagree with the statistics we use and how we choose to use them, but at least there’s actually a bit of math behind the accolades we dole out.
We start today with our version of the SEC’s “Defensive Player of the Year” award. All SEC players who were on the floor for at least 800 minutes through the end of the SEC Tournament were up for the honor. We combined the three most easily-measured defensive statistics — defensive rebounds, blocks, and steals — into a category called “positive plays.” The rest was easy. We took the total number of minutes played and divided it by the total number of positive defensive plays to see which players made a positive impact on the defensive end most often.
Obviously, there is no statistic for “good guarding,” so this isn’t a perfect way of doing things. Some defensive efforts — like taking a charge or altering a shot — aren’t measured. Still, we feel this system is fairer than most “eye test” awards.
One quick note before we get into the numbers — because our cutoff point was 800 minutes, the player with the top plays/minutes ratio wasn’t eligible for our award. But injured Kentucky star Nerlens Noel (765 minutes) posted a number so great that we wanted to draw your attention to it. With 162 defensive boards, 106 blocks, and 50 steals, Noel averaged a positive play on defense once every 2.40 minutes. Had he only played 35 more minutes he’d have grabbed our honor (which comes with a laurel… and hearty handshake).
With Noel not meeting the minutes requirement, the 2012-13 MrSEC.com Defensive Player of the Year Award goes to Missouri’s Alex Oriakhi. The big man who transferred to Columbia from UConn last offseason was responsible for a positive play on the defensive end of the floor once every 3.38 minutes.
Below you’ll find a list of the 51 SEC players who racked up 800 or more minutes as well as their defensive numbers:
|Player||Def. Reb.||Blocks||Steals||Pos. Plays||Min. Played||Min./Pos. Play||Honor|
|1. Oriakhi (MU)||179||52||19||250||845||3.38||MrSEC Def. POTY|
|2. Buckner (UM)||149||91||37||277||967||3.49||All-Def. Team|
|3. Holloway (UM)||210||23||54||287||1057||3.68||All-Def. Team|
|4. Caldwell-Pope (UGA)||189||17||65||271||1086||4.00||All-Def. Team|
|5. O’Bryant (LSU)||164||20||15||199||845||4.24||All-Def. Team|
|6. Young (UF)||118||55||30||203||874||4.30|
|7. Powell (ARK)||113||37||38||188||819||4.35|
|8. Chubb (AUB)||135||37||15||187||816||4.36|
|9. Roberson (A&M)||136||26||23||185||815||4.40|
|10. Ware (MSU)||137||24||15||176||824||4.68|
|11. Thomas (MSU)||103||27||56||186||917||4.93|
|12. Coleman (LSU)||104||28||43||175||870||4.97|
|13. Murphy (UF)||127||22||20||169||854||5.05|
|14. Stokes (UT)||179||37||23||239||923||5.15|
|15. Caruso (A&M)||82||15||61||158||815||5.15|
|16. Ross (MU)||113||7||41||161||832||5.16|
|17. Poythress (UK)||137||14||9||160||852||5.32|
|18. Carmouche (LSU)||89||4||57||150||800||5.33|
|19. Bright (VU)||147||13||20||180||966||5.36|
|20. Hickey (LSU)||82||5||85||172||957||5.56|
|21. Lacey (ALA)||125||14||49||188||1054||5.60|
|22. Jackson (USC)||114||22||24||160||918||5.73|
|23. Payne (AUB)||105||3||38||146||865||5.92|
|24. Sword (MSU)||68||14||55||137||854||6.23|
|25. Richardson (UT)||100||22||33||155||981||6.32|
|26. Sullivan (AUB)||109||9||33||151||998||6.60|
|27. Goodwin (UK)||104||15||35||154||1048||6.80|
|28. Johnson (VU)||102||17||34||153||1047||6.84|
|29. McRae (UT)||100||28||26||154||1075||6.98|
|30. Odom (VU)||92||26||16||134||999||7.45|
|31. Pressey (MU)||85||2||58||145||1113||7.67|
|32. Henderson (UM)||89||1||47||137||1064||7.76|
|33. Wallace (AUB)||62||3||37||102||810||7.94|
|34. Randolph (ALA)||83||5||36||124||987||7.95|
|35. Wilbekin (UF)||75||2||46||123||995||8.08|
|36. Young (ARK)||78||8||21||107||866||8.09|
|37. Cooper (ALA)||87||3||22||112||912||8.14|
|38. Releford (ALA)||59||2||61||122||1027||8.41|
|39. Bloodman (MSU)||71||1||37||109||931||8.54|
|40. Williams (UM)||69||4||21||94||818||8.70|
|41. Boynton (UF)||84||3||29||116||1060||9.13|
|42. Fuller (VU)||72||2||20||94||866||9.21|
|43. Turner (A&M)||82||7||31||120||1139||9.49|
|44. Reese (A&M)||65||2||19||86||865||10.05|
|45. Summers (UM)||45||7||32||84||855||10.17|
|46. Rosario (UF)||57||1||30||88||951||10.80|
|47. Mays (UK)||81||0||14||95||1090||11.47|
|48. Golden (UT)||70||0||8||78||905||11.60|
|49. Harris (A&M)||44||0||38||82||965||11.76|
|50. Stringer (LSU)||47||5||25||77||950||12.33|
|51. Smith (USC)||46||1||20||67||885||13.20|
* While Marshall Henderson gets the attention, much of Ole Miss’ success can be traced to the fact that Andy Kennedy has two of the top three defensive hustlers in the league in Murphy Holloway and Reginald Buckner.
* Ole Miss was the only team to have two players both ranked in the top 10 of our minutes/positive plays chart.
* There weren’t many positives in Starkville this season, but Fred Thomas and Gavin Ware both made our top 11.
* LSU was the only squad to boast three players in the top 18 of our rankings: Johnny O’Bryant, Shavon Coleman, and Charles Carmouche.
* The top-rated defensive player for South Carolina was Lakeem Jackson at #22 on our list.
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