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 14th week of the 2006-07 NBA season:

Five-Player Combination

+ 173
S. Nash, S. Marion, R. Bell, A. Stoudemire, B. Diaw
+ 153
E. Dampier, D. Nowitzki, J. Terry, J. Howard, D. Harris
+ 109
T. McGrady, R. Alston, S. Battier, Y. Ming, C. Hayes

Phoenix lost two out of three last week and saw it's Lenovo Stat dip -10. Dallas, meanwhile, has started a new four-game winning streak after its setback to the Bulls and increased its Lenovo Stat by +6. Phoenix's five-man Lenovo Stat will stay stagnant at 173 as long as Steve Nash remains on the sidelines with a shoulder injury.

Another point on the five-player combos to consider:

  • After joining the Warriors only nine games ago, the two key additions to the team, Al Harrington and Stephen Jackson, have made themselves at home by joining with Baron Davis, Monta Ellis, and Andris Biedrins to make up the top five-player combination for the Warriors (+43).

  • Four-Player Combination

    + 258
    S. Nash, S. Marion, A. Stoudemire, R. Bell
    + 230
    S. Nash, S. Marion, A. Stoudemire, B. Diaw
    + 219
    S. Nash, S. Marion, A. Stoudemire, L. Barbosa

    Leandro Barbosa teamed with Nash, Marion and Stoudemire for a +22 week. Boris Diaw teamed with the same trio for a +6 week. Raja Bell and the trio went -10.

    Another point on the four-player combos to consider:

  • The San Antonio Spurs, despite whispers to the contrary, are having another outstanding season. Currently they stand at 32-16 (.667 winning percentage) and are on pace to win 55 games, which would mark their eighth season in a row of winning 50-plus games (in the lockout shortened season they went 37-13). Their success can be attributed to their two All-Stars, Tony Parker and Tim Duncan, who are part of the top seven four-player combinations for the Spurs.

  • Three-Player Combination

    + 416
    S. Nash, S. Marion, A. Stoudemire
    + 308
    S. Nash, S. Marion, R. Bell
    + 280
    S. Marion, R. Bell, A. Stoudemire

    The Suns shine completely on the top three spots of yet another category as Marion, Bell and Stoudemire bump the Spurs' Bruce Bowen, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker out of the best trios.

    Another point on the three-player combos to consider:

  • The Toronto Raptors are quietly making a move in the Atlantic Division. By going 12-5 in 2007, the Raptors have climbed to the top of the division and now lead it by 3 games. Their rise is reflected using the Lenovo Stat as in the last 10 games (8-2) they have three of the top four combinations in the Eastern Conference, led by Jorge Garbajosa who is on all three teams.

  • Two-Player Combination

    + 467
    S. Nash, S. Marion
    + 412
    S. Nash, A. Stoudemire
    + 407
    S. Marion, A. Stoudemire

    Even though the Suns are 38-10 to the Mavericks' 39-9 record, Phoenix's point-guard-power forward duo of Nash and Marion is +120 ahead of Dallas' Devin Harris and Dirk Nowitzki in the Lenovo Stat.

    Another point on the two-player combos to consider:

  • The top All-Star teammate duos in the two-player category (outside of the Phoenix Suns) are Tony Parker and Tim Duncan (+347, fourth in the league), Caron Butler and Gilbert Arenas (+225, 25th in the league but first in the East), and Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton (+206, 28th in the league but third in the East).

  • One Player

    + 469
    S. Nash
    + 448
    S. Marion
    + 408
    T. Duncan

    Marion is gaining on Nash as he nearly doubled his Lenovo Stat output last week (+25 to +13).

    Another point on the top individuals to consider:

  • Some people have questioned Chauncey Billups' inclusion to the All-Star team, as he is not averaging career highs in any category and has missed eight games due to injury. However, Billups leads not only the Pistons, but the entire Eastern Conference in the individual category with a +235 showing his value to the team.