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February NBA Power Rankings

Taylor Wyman (@taylormetrics) uses advanced luck-adjusted net rating to help sort through the league and provide more accurate power rankings. ALA net rating attempts to predict net rating for the rest of the season using the 4 factors but with eFG% split out into shot quality and shot making. It’s more predictive because it will…

Taylor Wyman’s 2024 Mid-Season Player Rankings

I’m doing things a little bit different this time. I’ve tiered every above-average player in the league, the tiers go from A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, and C+. On top of that, I’ve ranked the top 48 players in order. The reason I stopped there was because in the lower tiers things are more…

December NBA Power Rankings

Taylor Wyman (@taylormetrics) uses luck-adjusted net rating to help see through the noise of the early season in his December power rankings. Luck-adjusted net ratings work by looking at factors like shooting variance often coming in the form of 3pt shooting.    Tier 1 1. Boston Celtics The Celtics have been dominant to start the…

Stripping The Bulls For Parts

The Bulls look like a team on the cusp of blowing things up. They were a shade under five hundred last year and have struggled out of the gate (4-8 record) this season. They are the worst thing an NBA team can be, mediocre.  On the bright side, they do have several useful players that…

Taylor Wyman’s 2023-24 Breakout Players

Here are my four breakout candidates for the 2023-24 season. I broke them down into four categories: star, scorer, role player, and defender. Love it? Hate it? Let me know on Twitter @taylormetrics   Breakout Star: Franz Wagner Franz has had a fantastic start to his career and looks like a true building block for…

NBA Top 75 2023 Mid-Season Rankings

NBA Top 75 2023 Mid-Season Rankings By Taylor Wyman (@TaylorMetrics)   This is the first iteration of my top 75 players. The objective is to rank players by who provides the most on-court value when it comes to winning a championship right now (contracts are not taken into account). The results are a combination of…

The Lakers’ Offseason: What It Means for this Organization

I hope you’ve had a wonderful summer.  I spent these traditionally fun-filled months refreshing my Twitter feed in anticipation of a Russell Westbrook trade.  Maybe you took a summer vacation to a location you consider paradise.  For me, paradise would have been Myles Turner and Buddy Hield joining Pat Beverley in a Lakers uniform.  But…

Can Brandon Ingram Be a Top 2 Player on a Championship Team?

I absolutely love Brandon Ingram.  And I still would have made the Anthony Davis trade 100 times out of 100.  Both of these things can be true.  It feels important to state because Ingram fans seem to have a hard time grasping this.  What they forget is that winning an NBA championship is hard.  You…

Jaden McDaniels: The Role Player Who Should Innovate Player Development

In the 1991 NBA Finals, the Chicago Bulls lost game 1 to the Los Angeles Lakers.  For game 2, Coach Phil Jackson had 6’9” All-Defensive small forward, Scottie Pippen, guard 6’8” head of the snake, Magic Johnson.  The Bulls won the next 4 games. 6’9” forward Robert Horry has won 7 NBA championships as arguably…

The Lakers Should Do What the Celtics Are Doing (Yeah, I said it)

Full disclosure I was in the middle of writing a completely different piece, but saw that LeBron and the Lakers just agreed to a contract extension. Given that, it made me think that a Russ trade may be coming soon. With that in mind, I felt it was more important to prioritize the messaging in…