Lenovo Breakdown: Jan. 17, 2008
Posted Jan 17 2008 3:30PM
By Lauren Brill
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 Jan. 17, 2008:
Is any one really surprised that the Boston Celtics lead the pack? Currently owning a league-best 31-6 record, we knew that Boston's Big Three would be good but their role players have really stepped up for them this season, making them great. Creeping up behind the Celitcs is the Hornets' starting five. Led by point guard Chris Paul, this five-player combo played the most minutes together of any of the top 25 five-player combinations. Unlike Boston and New Orleans, Detroit's core group with the exception of Antonio McDyess have all played together since midway through the 2003-04 season, which likely plays a role in their ability to gain the third spot in this edition of the Lenovo Stat.
Owning the top five spots of the best four-player combos, the Celtics' Rajon Rondo has surprised many with his contributions on the floor this season. Averaging 9.0 points and 4.8 dimes in 31 minutes, Rondo has complemented Boston's Big Three very well. The Hornets' Morris Peterson, Tyson Chandler, David West and Chris Paul followed the Celtics' combos in the sixth spot at +170.
When Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen were acquired by Boston and formed the Big Three along with Paul Pierce this summer, the press had a field day as they anticipated the trio could and would make history. All averaging above 15 points per game, at this point in the season it appears that the writers and TV personalities just might see their predictions come to fruition.
Prior to the season's start many questioned Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett about whether or not there would be enough shots for each player in one game. Reflected by the Lenovo Stat, not only is there enough shots for all three, but when they pair off they perform better than any other two-somes in the league.
Refreshing to see a non-Celtic appear in the top three, Chauncey Billups is in his sixth year starting for the Pistons and is a leader on and off the court. Averaging 17.4 points and 7.2 dimes, no stat is needed for anyone to realize that Detroit is a better team with the two-time All-Star on the floor.