The Charlotte Bobcats brought back a bunch of players from their worst-ever-in-the-nba season last year, but they also added some fresh faces to the mix. So, which players have meant the most to the team this season?
Statistically there have been four guys who really have made a world of difference in (most of) the 17 games Charlotte has played this year.
Based on win shares per 48 minuets, a stat that estimates the number of wins contributed by a player per 48 minutes, Gerald Henderson (the reason I said most of in the previous paragraph), Ben Gordon, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Kemba Walker, in that order, have been the most valuable players on this team. I chose those four, because all of them have win shares per 48 above the league average of .100.
Now, Gerald Henderson hasn’t played in a lot of the ‘Cats games this year, but it makes sense that his WS/48 is .110; He appears to be a much improved version of the guy he was last year. He’s shooting better from behind the line lately, he’s making better decisions between driving and pulling up, and his mid-range jumper is as deadly as ever. Also, he’s one of the best defenders on the team.
Ben Gordon’s WS/48 is .109, and until recently he had as good an argument as anyone for best player on the team. He’s a solid scorer off the bench, and he had been reliable in the clutch.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s early season performance cannot be overlooked. With a WS/48 of .103, MKG has quieted the hate from some of his doubters. His jump shot is still hard to watch, but he’s a hound all over the court and always ends up with a stuffed stat sheet.
Finally, Kemba Walker, in my opinion, is the most improved player in the NBA this year. He’s got a WS/48 of .101, and he’s leading the team in scoring and assists.
He’s also the team leader in overall win shares, which estimates the number of total wins contributed by a player.
If the list of Charlotte’s best was based on that stat it would look like this:
Kemba Walker 1.3
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 1.0
Ben Gordon 0.9
Ramon Sessions 0.8