Ranking all NBA players by Wins Above Replacement

And I’m back.

For those of you that missed me and have been asking about me – yes, it appears I am returning back to the grid with NBA and NCAA basketball player ratings & rankings, as well as more advanced stuff (updated draft model & retrodiction, player projections across leagues, etc.). But, for now, we’ll ease in with the more familiar – here’s the spreadsheet with all the player data for your perusal:

Thru10-30NBAPlayerRatings

For those who refuse to ever download or click on anything – here’s 16 guys projecting a final WAR above 15. The above spreadsheet has ALL the gory details – broken down into the minutiae, if you crave more:

WARpace Rank WAR/48 Rank Player
51.67 1 66.95 1 Russell Westbrook
31.64 2 39.97 3 Kevin Durant
29.43 3 38.76 4 Damian Lillard
27.15 4 41.75 2 Kawhi Leonard
25.70 5 33.59 8 LeBron James
25.61 6 32.93 9 James Harden
25.46 7 36.87 5 Blake Griffin
23.03 8 35.51 6 Chris Paul
22.82 9 34.91 7 DeMarcus Cousins
18.58 10 28.25 11 Jimmy Butler
18.44 11 25.25 15 Kyrie Irving
16.56 12 21.78 22 DeMar DeRozan
16.22 13 22.90 17 Kemba Walker
15.96 14 20.86 26 Avery Bradley
15.92 15 26.41 13 Paul Millsap
15.73 16 22.85 18 Rudy Gay

The official NBA players of the week were Westbrook and Lebron, and my WAR completely agreed.

Anyway – yes, I will start becoming active on Twitter again. Yes, I will try to answer any or all questions that spring up in the comments below, or Twitter, or my email. I will update every article and ranking with a tweet or two (or three) – so feel free to follow me and add me to your basketball or analytics lists if you find stuff like this fun or enlightening.

Dan

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