Final 2015 Regular Season NBA Player Rankings by WAR

Here it is, so no need for any emails asking where it is…..


It’s all fully sortable for your pleasure.

Now for the historical perspective of all the rating breakdowns (since the ’79-80 season):

LeBron moved up two spots to #5 in career regular season WAR (since ’80), passing Garnett & Olajuwan.

Harden had a great regular season – but in terms of WAR, there were 35 better player seasons the last 36 years. The list of players making up those 35 better player seasons:

MJ 7 better WAR seasons.

LeBron 5

David Robinson 5

Shaq 3

Olajuwan, Duncan, Garnett, Karl Malone, & Chris Paul 2 each

Bird, Durant, Wade, Moses Malone, & McGrady 1 each.

In terms of rating based on scoring proficiency & efficiency relative the league – Kevin Durant in his limited games this last season had the 5th highest rating since ’80. McGrady was 4th in ’03, MJ 3rd in ’88, Bernard King 2nd in ’85, & Durant #1 in 2014.

Curry & Korver had the two highest ratings based on three point proficiency & efficiency of any full time players (played over 40% of their team minutes) ever.

Harden & Westbrook were historic in scoring proficiency & efficiency from the line – Harden had the 2nd best season since ’80 (Durant in ’10 #1), Westbrook had the 7th best season (’87 MJ #3, ’05 Maggette #4, ’09 Kevin Martin #5, & ’07 Yao Ming #6).

Only three Rodman seasons & one Jayson Williams‘ season had a higher rebound rating than Drummond this last season. Throw in 2 Reggie Evans’ seasons,  three more Rodman seasons, and 1 more Jayson Williams season – & then we get to ’15 Hassan Whiteside at #12.

Drummond just had the highest offensive rebound rating of any player the last 36 seasons.

Only one player the last 36 seasons had a better overall scoring & defensive stops ratings than 2015 Anthony Davis, 1991 David Robinson. Add in ball handling ratings (assists & turnovers) – no one had been better across the board the last 36 seasons.

No player has ever had as low a turnover rating (turned the ball over less relative to league, team pace, etc) who also had as good a scoring rating as Anthony Davis in 2015. The only player in his league in that respect would be Kiki Vandeweghe from the mid to late 80s.


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