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Los Angeles Lakers

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 2019 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:

Travis Wear: -0.53 Rank:32
Nigel Hayes: -0.66 Rank:34
Luol Deng: -1.35 Rank:50
Brandon Ingram: -1.65 Rank:60
Corey Brewer: -3.38 Rank:89

For Comparison:

The Top: Robert Covington 5.56
Tops: PJ Tucker 1.07
Last Starter: Anthony Brown 0.00
Baseline: Jacob Wiley -1.01


Brook Lopez: 0.30 Rank:36
Andrew Bogut: 0.13 Rank:38
Ivica Zubac: -0.31 Rank:47
Thomas Bryant: -1.33 Rank:67

For Comparison:

The Top: Nikola Jokic 5.95
Tops: Kyle O'Quinn 1.87
Last Starter: Aron Baynes 0.63
Baseline: Joffrey Lauvergne 0.00

Power Forward:

Julius Randle: 0.52 Rank:30
Derrick Williams: -0.86 Rank:51
Kyle Kuzma: -1.53 Rank:68

For Comparison:

The Top: Anthony Davis 5.55
Tops: Pascal Siakam 1.52
Last Starter: Julius Randle 0.52
Baseline: Adreian Payne -0.73

Shooting Guard:

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: 0.62 Rank:19
Josh Hart: -0.67 Rank:32
Alex Caruso: -2.22 Rank:75

For Comparison:

The Top: Jimmy Butler 6.46
Tops: Justin Holiday 1.09
Last Starter: Patrick McCaw 0.00
Baseline: Pat Connaughton -1.51

Point Guard:

Lonzo Ball: 1.04 Rank:23
Tyler Ennis: -1.37 Rank:59

For Comparison:

The Top: Chris Paul 7.13
Tops: Kyrie Irving 2.22
Last Starter: Shaquille Harrison 0.21
Baseline: Shelvin Mack -0.87

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


2016 pick 2 by LAL - Brandon Ingram Age: 20

2004 pick 7 by PHX - Luol Deng Age: 33


Travis Wear Age: 27
Nigel Hayes Age: 0
Corey Brewer Age: 0



2017 pick 72 by UTAH - Thomas Bryant Age: 20
2016 pick 62 by LAL - Ivica Zubac Age: 21

2008 pick 10 by NJ - Brook Lopez Age: 30


Andrew Bogut Age: 0

Power Forward


2017 pick 27 by BKN - Kyle Kuzma Age: 22
2014 pick 7 by LAL - Julius Randle Age: 23


Derrick Williams Age: 0

Shooting Guard


2017 pick 30 by UTAH - Josh Hart Age: 23
2013 pick 8 by DET - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Age: 25


Alex Caruso Age: 24

Point Guard


2017 pick 2 by LAL - Lonzo Ball Age: 20

2014 pick 18 by PHX - Tyler Ennis Age: 23
2011 pick 90 by SAC - Isaiah Thomas Age: 29


Gary Payton II Age: 25


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