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What's the best measure of a player's performance? While some are content with conventional stats like points, rebounds, and field goal percentage, I believe the best gauge of a player's worth to a specific team comes from looking at the difference in how the team plays with the player on court versus performance with the player off court.

Now this rating isn't an absolute measure of a player's ability, but it does represent how successful a player is with a given team. In general the player with the best Roland Rating on a team is the difference maker (exclude the guys who play a statistically insignificant number of minutes). When the top guy is on the floor the team performs at a much higher level.

These ratings represent a player's value to a particular team and are not intended to be an accurate gauge of the ability and talent of the player away from the specific team.

Finally there are two separate Roland Ratings we produce currently, one is based on raw +/- performance on court versus off, while the other adjusts the numbers based on the quality of the opposing players on the floor. The following table has the unadjusted ratings.

Roland Ratings for NBA 2002-03 Regular Season
Sorted by Rating, also see full list of players, and team by team ratings

[Minimum: 30% of team total minutes]
Rank
Team
Player
Min
On Court +/-
Off Court +/-
Roland Rating
1
MIN
 Garnett
84%
+5.8
-17.1
+22.8
2
DAL
 Nowitzki
79%
+11.6
-6.5
+18.0
3
SAS
 Duncan
80%
+8.1
-6.2
+14.3
4
DAL
 Finley
67%
+11.9
-0.6
+12.5
5
ORL
 McGrady
75%
+2.9
-8.9
+11.8
6
LAL
 O'Neal
64%
+6.5
-5.1
+11.7
7
UTA
 Ostertag
49%
+8.0
-2.6
+10.7
8
MIL
 Kukoc
43%
+6.3
-4.3
+10.6
9
LAL
 Bryant
85%
+3.8
-6.5
+10.3
10
IND
 Artest
58%
+7.6
-2.6
+10.2
11
BOS
 Pierce
78%
+1.7
-8.4
+10.1
12
NJN
 Kidd
76%
+7.8
-2.3
+10.0
13
BOS
 Battie
43%
+5.0
-4.6
+9.6
14
DET
 Williamson
52%
+8.0
-1.1
+9.1
15
DET
 Barry
37%
+9.3
+0.3
+9.0
16
SAC
 Christie
68%
+9.4
+0.4
+9.0
17
POR
 Pippen
48%
+7.1
-1.7
+8.8
18
HOU
 Francis
83%
+3.0
-5.7
+8.7
19
TOR
 Carter
37%
-0.4
-9.0
+8.6
20
DEN
 Hilario
57%
-4.8
-13.0
+8.2

Kevin Garnett emerges as the player who was most important to his team in the NBA regular season last year. While the numbers are fun to look at in a league wide basis, the best use is on a team level where you can assess which players are producing and which aren't in the climate and roster of a specific squad. To see the ratings from a Team perspective click here


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