Pierce leads Nets in new real plus-minus


The Brooklyn Nets' turnaround since Jan. 1 has been a team effort.

They’ve overcome injuries to Brook Lopez, Kevin Garnett and Andrei Kirilenko, with a number of players stepping up.

Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce

#34 SF
Brooklyn Nets

2014 STATS

  • GM71
  • PPG13.5

  • RPG4.7

  • APG2.4

  • FG%.450

  • FT%.835

But if you want to know how much each player has meant on the offensive and defensive ends, ESPN is introducing a new advanced metric that might help: real plus-minus.

RPM was developed by Jeremias Engelmann, formerly of the Phoenix Suns, in consultation with Steve Ilardi, University of Kansas psychology professor and former NBA consultant.

The offensive RPM (ORPM) estimates on-court impact on a team’s offensive performance, measured in points scored per 100 offensive possessions.

The defensive RPM (DRPM) estimates on-court impact on a team’s defensive performance, measured in points allowed per 100 defensive possessions.

The RPM is estimated on-court impact on a team’s performance, measured in net point differential per 100 offensive and defensive possessions. It also takes into account teammates, opponents, coaches and additional factors.

And there is a category that estimates the number of a team's wins attributable to each player, named wins above replacement (WAR).

The numbers for each player are based on the entire season. So we can’t see how the Nets have done only since Jan. 1, or how Paul Pierce ranks since moving to power forward, for example.

But you can see where each player ranks for the season. Here are the top five Nets, based on their overall RPM ranking:

38. Paul Pierce: -0.01 (ORPM), 3.30 (DRPM), 3.29 (RPM), 6.40 (WAR).

43. Kevin Garnett: -2.83 (ORPM), 5.86 (DRPM), 3.03 (RPM), 3.26 (WAR).

62. Brook Lopez: 0.50 (ORPM), 1.95 (DRPM), 2.45 (RPM), 1.54 (WAR).

66. Deron Williams: 4.22 (ORPM), -1.85 (DRPM), 2.37 (RPM), 5.12 (WAR).

86. Joe Johnson: 2.72 (ORPM), -1.00 (DRPM), 1.72 (RPM), 5.56 (WAR).

Kirilenko is the only other Net in the top 100. He comes in at 97th overall with a 1.45 RPM.