Lenovo Breakdown: Nov. 21
Posted Nov 21 2006 11:02AM
What is the Lenovo Stat?
The Lenovo Stat shows the power of teamwork. It's a way of showing the best-engineered/best combination of players on the court. The Lenovo Stat is a plus/minus statistic that looks at the point differential when players are both in and out of the game, to see how the team performs with various combinations. The Lenovo Stat can look at a variety of combinations – including the best two-player, three-player and even five-player combinations for each game.
Here is a look at the top Lenovo performers through the third week of the 2006-07 NBA season:
The Celtics have won three games in a row and the Lenovo Stat points to the five-man combination that has counted most for that success. Paul Pierce, who is averaging a career-high 9.4 rebounds per game in his 10th season, teamed with veteran twine tickler Wally Szczerbiak and the young trio of Kendrick Perkins, Sebastian Telfair and Ryan Gomes to jump to the head of the pack. Houston's top five dropped from first place to second but the Rockets haven't skipped a beat as they are 7-4. Denver also is new to the leaderboard as Carmelo Anthony and Co. have won four out of five games after starting the season 0-3.
The top 10 four-player combos are comprised of five Houston herds, four Celtic crews, and one Sun set. No partridge in a pear tree here. The Boston foursome with Pierce, Perkins, Telfair and Gomes outperforms the same pack with Szczerbiak subbed for Perkins. The Rockets hold strong in a tie for second with Phoenix after being in first last week. The Suns' squadron of Thomas, Nash, Marion and Barbosa is the only team to be in the top three four-person grouping each of the first three weeks.
Two guards and one forward seems to be the way to go for the top trios. Phoenix's guards Nash and Barbosa add forward Marion to come in first place. The Memphis backcourt of veteran Chucky Atkins and rookie Kyle Lowry combine with forward Mike Miller to hold second. And in third, the Rockets' 1 and 2 (Alston and McGrady) group with an undersized 4 (Hayes) to complete their combo.
It's about time the 10-1 Utah Jazz popped up on the Lenovo page. One of the most-senior members of the Jazz, Matt Harpring, teams with one of the new rooks, Paul Millsap, to create the league's most dapper duo thus far. Nash and Barbosa stay in the top twosomes and the Grizzlies drop Atkins from their top three, leaving Miller and Lowry in third.
Out are the Rockets, in are the Jazz. Houston held the top three individual spots last week, but now the previous No. 1 performer, Chuck Hayes, is in fourth at + 67. That puts Utah's Harpring in first and Millsap in third, and former two-time MVP Tim Duncan in second after a week in which he scored a season-high 35 points.