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Ranking the Best Defensive Point Guards in the NBA

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Ranking the Best Defensive Point Guards in the NBA
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Who are the best defensive point guards in the NBA, and how are they determined?

In order to answer that, we introduce Weighted Averaged Metrics (WAM) and WAM with Scouting (WAMS), a pair of advanced defensive metrics which combine other stats and metrics, weight them so that each represents an equal relative value, and then use them all to derive a final score.

These point guard rankings will be the first of five articles. Over the next four weeks, we’ll unveil the rankings for the other four positions.

The next three slides will tell how this particular sausage was made. If you’re not interested in that, feel free to skip ahead.

Broadly speaking, over 7,000 pieces of data on 226 players, in 16 different categories, were compiled into a database.  Then, over 10,000 video clips were viewed and players were evaluated based on subjective criteria.

The players are ranked according to their WAMS. The values for the various metrics which comprised the WAM score and scouting scores are also available on each slide. The number in the parentheses indicates where they ranked in that category.

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