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Previously I looked at the NCAA Comparison tool and looked at the prospects of Otto Porter and Bradley Beal. Now, Nylon Calculus has updated that work flow to include a NBA comparison.
I took a look at the two Wizards who stepped up the most from 2013 to 2014: John Wall and Marcin Gortat.
John Wall’s 2013
Hot Rod Strickland averaged 12.6 ppg and 7.5 assists in 2000 (While he was playing for Washington!). Andre Miller was a rookie in Cleveland in 2000 and he averaged 11.1 ppg with 5.8 assists. JWall in 2013 was rocking 18.5 ppg and 7.6 assists. Hence the bump in the positive SD on Strickland and the Professor.
John Wall’s 2014
These stats for Wall are much more favorable. Isiah Thomas in 1989 lead the Pistons to the Championship. 2013 Russell Westbrook rocked 23.2 ppg and 7.4 assists and was leading the Thunder to a bonkers run before Patrick Beverly took him out in the playoffs. 2003 Jason Kidd had 18.7 ppgs and 8.9 assists while he lead the Nets to a finals appearance.
2014 JWall averaged 19.3 ppg and 8.8 assists per game. So it’s fair to say Wall had a Finals caliber year, even though they didn’t get past the second round of the playoffs.
Marcin Gortat 2013
Gortat’s last year in Phoenix was comparable to Chiefs last season in Boston. Parish got 11.7 ppgs and 7.3 rpg. Those were the dark years of the Celtics, on a lineup with Rick Fox, Kevin Gamble and Xavier McDaniel. So, yikes.
Rick Mahorn 1989 matched with Isiah Thomas winning a championship with 7.3 ppgs and 6.9 rpg. The 84 Mahorn (as a Bullet) bumped up to 9ppg but a wild 9 rpg.
Marcin 2013 pulled 8.5 rpg but bumped up the scoring to 11.1 ppg.
Marcin Gortat 2014
Those Al Horford comparisons are pretty nice to look at. Especially in his role with the Hawks, 09 Horford had 11.9 ppg and 9.3 rpg while ’10 Hoford upped the points 14.2 a game and rebounds up to 9.9.
Mike Gminski, no Wizards/Bullet connection but he does have the nickname G-Man, and knocked down 17.2 ppg and 9.4 rpg.
2014 Marcin shot 13.2 ppg with 9.5 rpg. A solid comparison all around, Marcin has stayed an over 50% FG shooter since his rookie year and spends a lot of energy on the defensive end of the floor, of his 9.5 rebounds a game, seven of them come of the defensive end.
The comparisons are a nice and accurate way to look at who else put up these kind of numbers. Gortat’s comparisons don’t have the championship pedigree the way John Wall’s has, but if he keeps up with the Horford comps WS/48 09 – .145, WS/48 10 – .183 while Gortat’s WS/48 last year was .146.
It’s become vital for the Wizards to him on the floor.