NBA Team Needs

Dallas Mavericks

The idea is let's line up the guy on your team by each position and compare them to the rest of the league. Specifically the top player at each position as well as the 15th best starter, the 30th best starter, etc.

Wait but 'best player' how? Based on what?

This is built on top of ESPN's Real Plus Minus. An interesting stat that is meant to gauge the effectiveness of a player.

ESPN Logo Real Plus Minus (RPM): Player's estimated on-court impact on team performance, measured in net point differential per 100 offensive and defensive possessions. RPM takes into account teammates, opponents and additional factors

So what do I do now that I studied this geeked out report?
Create My Own 2018 Mock Draft

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Roster Positional Perspective

  • Strength - The team's top guy is one of the top 15 in the league.
  • Solid - The team's top guy is a viable starter, is in the top 30.
  • Concern - The team's top guy is not in the top 30 and so would be on the bench on most other teams.
  • Weakness - The team's top guy is below the overall median player for this position. Bench player at best.

Small Forward:

Dorian Finney-Smith: -1.50 Rank:52
Harrison Barnes: -3.20 Rank:80

For Comparison:

The Top: Robert Covington 4.46
Tops: OG Anunoby 0.86
Last Starter: CJ Miles -0.11
Baseline: Davis Bertans -1.10


Salah Mejri: 2.03 Rank:14
Nerlens Noel: -0.14 Rank:48
Jeff Withey: -0.31 Rank:52

For Comparison:

The Top: DeMarcus Cousins 7.56
Tops: Karl-Anthony Towns 1.93
Last Starter: Cole Aldrich 0.67
Baseline: Dewayne Dedmon 0.41

Power Forward:

Dwight Powell: 0.61 Rank:30
Maximilian Kleber: -0.84 Rank:62
Dirk Nowitzki: -1.40 Rank:79

For Comparison:

The Top: Al Horford 5.40
Tops: Tarik Black 1.71
Last Starter: Dwight Powell 0.61
Baseline: Brice Johnson -0.16

Shooting Guard:

Gian Clavell: -1.41 Rank:39
Wesley Matthews: -1.98 Rank:65

For Comparison:

The Top: Eric Gordon 3.75
Tops: Joe Harris 0.00
Last Starter: Alex Abrines -0.58
Baseline: DeAndre Liggins -1.55

Point Guard:

Devin Harris: -0.31 Rank:21
J.J. Barea: -1.33 Rank:39
Dennis Smith Jr.: -2.27 Rank:66

For Comparison:

The Top: James Harden 8.21
Tops: Marcus Smart 0.47
Last Starter: Mario Chalmers -0.35
Baseline: Jordan Clarkson -1.40

Roster Draft Perspective

What's the draft perspective part about then?

The draft perspective part is meant to give context. Yes this is how the players are performing today but if it's a developing rookie in the upswing, or an aging superstar on the downswing it may play into how the team drafts. The Draft Perspective tries to give that context.

Small Forward


2012 pick 7 by GS - Harrison Barnes Age: 25


Dorian Finney-Smith Age: 24



2013 pick 6 by NO - Nerlens Noel Age: 23
2013 pick 69 by POR - Jeff Withey Age: 27


Salah Mejri Age: 31

Power Forward


2014 pick 75 by CHA - Dwight Powell Age: 26
1998 pick 9 by MIL - Dirk Nowitzki Age: 39


Maximilian Kleber Age: 25

Shooting Guard



Gian Clavell Age: 0
Wesley Matthews Age: 31

Point Guard


2017 pick 9 by DAL - Dennis Smith Jr. Age: 19
2004 pick 5 by WSH - Devin Harris Age: 34


J.J. Barea Age: 33


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