The measurables. At MrSEC.com we base our awards and honors on numbers and statistics rather than on eye tests or polled opinions. We’re not saying one method is better than the other, just that we like to zig when others zag. And there are plenty of people who zag.
The problem with using statistics for this kind of thing is that not all actions on a basketball court are recorded in box scores. Heck, some important actions — properly setting a screen, defending a passing lane — can’t really be accurately recorded at all.
So any formulaic system for determining a best or most productive player is going to have flaws. We know that. We’ve admitted that. But we still find it interesting to compare the stats of the SEC’s best players.
Last Friday we revealed our selections for the SEC’s Offensive Player of the Year (Arkansas’ BJ Young) and the SEC’s Defensive Player of the Year (Missouri’s Alex Oriakhi). In both cases we added up the number of positive plays made by each of the league’s 51 players who logged 800 or more minutes and compared those plays to each player’s floor time.
On offense we looked at field goal attempts made (with a bonus given for three-pointers made), offensive rebounds, and assists. On defense we included defensive rebounds, blocked shots, and steals.
For our overall award, we combined each player’s positive offensive plays with his positive defensive plays. Then we looked to see who made the most positive plays on both ends of the court, compared to their total number of minutes played.
This year’s winner will hopefully keep Marshall Henderson from ripping us on Twitter. MrSEC.com’s “Most Productive Player” honor goes to Ole Miss’ big man Murphy Holloway. He recorded 366.3 positive offensive plays and 287 positive defensive plays (653.3 total) in 1,057 minutes of action. By our measure, Holloway accounted for a positive play once every 1.61 minutes he was on the floor.
However, if not for our 800-minute cutoff point, Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel would have nabbed the honor easily.
In 765 minutes of action, the Wildcat’s injured star accounted for 201.0 positive offensive plays and 318 positive defensive plays (519.0 total). That’s one positive play for every 1.47 minutes played. We thought that kind of production needed to be recognized whether Noel met our minutes-played requirement or not.
Below you’ll see the numbers for all 51 players who tallied at least 800 minutes. You’ll also notice that our “All-Numbers Team” consists of the 10 players in the league:
|Player||Off. Pos. Plays||Def. Pos. Plays||Total Pos. Plays||Min. Played||Min./Pos.Play||Honor|
|1. Holloway (UM)||366.3||287||653.3||1057||1.61||MrSEC Most Productive|
|2. Stokes (UT)||309.0||239||548.0||923||1.68||All-Numbers|
|3. Oriakhi (MU)||249.0||250||499.0||845||1.69||All-Numbers|
|4. O’Bryant (LSU)||292.0||199||491.0||845||1.72||All-Numbers|
|5. Powell (ARK)||288.0||188||476.0||819||1.72||All-Numbers|
|6. Buckner (UM)||249.0||277||526.0||967||1.83||All-Numbers|
|7. Caldwell-Pope (UGA)||309.0||271||580.0||1086||1.87||All-Numbers|
|8. Young (FLA)||253.0||203||456.0||874||1.91||All-Numbers|
|9. Carmouche (LSU)||256.3||150||406.3||800||1.96||All-Numbers|
|10. Murphy (FLA)||264.6||169||433.6||854||1.96||All-Numbers|
|11. Young (ARK)||325.3||107||432.3||866||2.00|
|12. Pressey (MU)||408.3||145||553.3||1113||2.01|
|13. Chubb (AUB)||215.0||187||402.0||816||2.02|
|14. Roberson (A&M)||205.0||185||390.0||815||2.08|
|15. Coleman (LSU)||229.3||175||404.3||870||2.15|
|16. Hickey (LSU)||272.0||172||444.0||957||2.15|
|17. Ross (MU)||225.0||161||386.0||832||2.15|
|18. Poythress (UK)||221.6||160||381.6||852||2.23|
|19. Caruso (A&M)||203.3||158||361.3||815||2.25|
|20. Ware (MSU)||188.0||176||364.0||824||2.26|
|21. Jackson (USC)||241.6||160||401.6||918||2.28|
|22. Goodwin (UK)||298.6||154||452.6||1048||2.31|
|23. Johnson (VU)||297.3||153||450.3||1047||2.32|
|24. Henderson (UM)||312.6||137||449.6||1064||2.36|
|25. Lacey (AL)||258.0||188||446.0||1054||2.36|
|26. Sullivan (AUB)||271.6||151||422.6||998||2.36|
|27. Sword (MSU)||223.3||137||360.3||854||2.37|
|28. Wilbekin (UF)||290.0||123||413.0||995||2.40|
|29. McRae (UT)||278.6||154||432.6||1075||2.48|
|30. Thomas (MSU)||168.6||186||354.6||917||2.58|
|31. Releford (AL)||269.3||122||391.3||1027||2.62|
|32. Turner (A&M)||311.6||120||431.6||1139||2.63|
|33. Payne (AUB)||181.3||146||327.3||865||2.64|
|34. Cooper (AL)||230.3||112||342.3||912||2.66|
|35. Rosario (UF)||268.0||88||356.0||951||2.67|
|36. Summers (UM)||228.3||84||312.3||855||2.73|
|37. Boynton (UF)||270.3||116||386.3||1060||2.74|
|38. Golden (UT)||251.3||78||329.3||905||2.74|
|39. Bright (VU)||167.0||180||347.0||966||2.78|
|40. Richardson (UT)||189.0||155||344.0||981||2.85|
|41. Odom (VU)||212.3||134||346.3||999||2.88|
|42. Randolph (AL)||204.0||124||328.0||987||3.00|
|43. Williams (UM)||169.0||94||263.0||818||3.11|
|44. Harris (A&M)||222.6||82||304.6||965||3.16|
|45. Fuller (VU)||175.3||94||269.3||866||3.21|
|46. Wallace (AUB)||141.0||102||243.0||810||3.33|
|47. Stringer (LSU)||205.3||77||282.3||950||3.36|
|48. Mays (UK)||225.6||95||320.6||1090||3.39|
|49. Bloodman (MSU)||163.0||109||272.0||931||3.42|
|50. Reese (A&M)||157.6||86||243.6||865||3.55|
|51. Smith (USC)||177.0||67||244.0||885||3.62|
* Our Defensive Player of the Year (Missouri’s Oriakhi) ranked eight slots higher than our Offensive Player of the Year (Arkansas’ Young) on our overall Most Productive list. Oriakhi was the more complete player — statistically speaking — accounting for 249 positive plays on offense and 250 positive players on defense.
* Ole Miss’ Henderson got most of the spotlight this season, but the statistics suggest once more that the Rebels were truly driven by their inside tandem. Holloway (1st) and Reginald Buckner (6th) gave Mississippi the highest-ranked pair of players in on our list. Henderson ranked 24th on our list of overall most productive players.
* LSU’s Johnny O’Bryant (4th) and Charles Carmouche (9th) and Florida’s Patric Young (8th) and Erik Murphy (10th) were also top 10 duos.