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Eye-Popping advanced stats about the 76ers

Andrew Porter
April 13, 2018 - 9:42 am

I'm fired up for the playoffs. The Heat will be a challenge. They're well-coached and they defend, but ultimately I think the Sixers will advance in five or six games. 

Here are some incredible advanced stats about the Sixers that I tweeted out today

Best lineup in the NBA

The best five-man lineup in the NBA, although just 18 games played, in terms of NetRTG (32.9) is:

Marco Belinelli
Robert Covington
Amir Johnson
Dario Saric
Ben Simmons

The best five-man lineup in the NBA, playing at least 1/3 of the season (atleast 27 games) with a NetRTG of 21.4 is:

Robert Covington
Dario Saric
Ben Simmons
Joel Embiid
J.J. Redick

Ben Simmons

Ben Simmons is 18th in the NBA in box plus/minus (4.6) and 18th in win shares (9.2). He's 11th in Value Over Replacement Player (VORP) (4.6), above names like Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, and Kyrie Irving. He's 9th in DefRTG (102.1) and the only guard in the top 10 other than Dejounte Murray (5th, 101.0). Simmons is also the only NBA player who has guarded four positions for at least 20% of his possessions. 

Big 3 on Defense

If you look at defensive win shares, an advanced stat more dependent on minutes played, Simmons is 2nd in the NBA (5.0) behind only Andre Drummond (5.7).

Covington (4.5) is 5th and Embiid (3.8) is 13th in the NBA.

Among players who have played 50 games this season, Embiid leads the NBA in affecting a players' FG% at -7.8%. T.J. McConnell is 10th (-5.0%) and Simmons is 15th (-4.5%).

J.J. Redick

Among players who have played at least 50 games and have 100 possessions as a pick and roll ball handler, Redick is the 3rd best pick and roll ball handler in the NBA averaging 1.08 points per possession, behind only Curry and Irving.

In terms of the most frequent players to come off screens and play in at least 50 games, only Kyle Korver, Wayne Ellington, and Curry do it more frequently and score more points per possession than Redick.