Ranking the Best Defensive Shooting Guards in the NBA

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Ranking the Best Defensive Shooting Guards in the NBA
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The second part of our five-part "best defensive players in the league" series ranks the shooting guards.

All the rankings are based on Weighted Averaged Metrics (WAM) and Weighted Averaged Metrics with Scouting (WAMS), two new metrics.

WAM is obtained by compiling various other metrics that include individual and team stats, on/off advanced stats, Synergy numbers and traditional defensive numbers. It then converts all of that into one tidy figure. 

With WAMS, each player was scouted for at least 100-200 defensive plays (typically about 20 percent of the season) and scored in five areas. The scouting score was then factored in with the WAM score. The score represents the estimate of the number of points a team of like-talented players would give up in 100 possessions.

All the ins and outs of how the numbers are obtained can be read in the first part of the series, the point guard rankings.

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