NBA Team Needs

New Orleans Pelicans

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:

Darius Miller: -0.76 Rank:37
Dante Cunningham: -1.40 Rank:52
Jalen Jones: -1.63 Rank:63
Solomon Hill: -1.79 Rank:67
E'Twaun Moore: -2.34 Rank:80

For Comparison:

The Top: Otto Porter Jr. 5.20
Tops: PJ Tucker 0.92
Last Starter: Paul Zipser 0.00
Baseline: Darius Miller -0.76


DeMarcus Cousins: 4.45 Rank:3
Emeka Okafor: -0.73 Rank:52
Omer Asik: -0.85 Rank:54

For Comparison:

The Top: Nikola Jokic 5.65
Tops: Jusuf Nurkic 1.84
Last Starter: Jakob Poeltl 0.64
Baseline: Cristiano Felicio 0.00

Power Forward:

Anthony Davis: 5.18 Rank:1
Nikola Mirotic: 1.62 Rank:15
Cheick Diallo: -2.03 Rank:78

For Comparison:

The Top: Anthony Davis 5.18
Tops: Nikola Mirotic 1.62
Last Starter: Brandan Wright 0.50
Baseline: Eric Moreland -0.44

Shooting Guard:

Tony Allen: -1.70 Rank:57
Charles Cooke: -2.13 Rank:74

For Comparison:

The Top: Jimmy Butler 5.94
Tops: Jeremy Lamb 1.09
Last Starter: Antonio Blakeney 0.00
Baseline: Devin Booker -0.79

Point Guard:

Jrue Holiday: 3.12 Rank:10
Mike James: -1.20 Rank:52
Rajon Rondo: -1.84 Rank:69
Walt Lemon Jr.: -2.32 Rank:83

For Comparison:

The Top: Chris Paul 6.88
Tops: Delon Wright 2.10
Last Starter: Dennis Smith Jr. 0.00
Baseline: George Hill -0.42

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



Darius Miller Age: 0
Dante Cunningham Age: 0
Jalen Jones Age: 0
Solomon Hill Age: 0
E'Twaun Moore Age: 0



2008 pick 20 by CHA - Alexis Ajinca Age: 29


DeMarcus Cousins Age: 0
Emeka Okafor Age: 0
Omer Asik Age: 0

Power Forward



Anthony Davis Age: 0
Nikola Mirotic Age: 0
Cheick Diallo Age: 0

Shooting Guard



Tony Allen Age: 0
Charles Cooke Age: 0
Ian Clark Age: 27

Point Guard


2017 pick 61 by CHA - Frank Jackson Age: 19


Jrue Holiday Age: 0
Mike James Age: 0
Rajon Rondo Age: 0
Walt Lemon Jr. Age: 0
Larry Drew II Age: 28



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