Who Would You Rather Have?

Posted on February 8, 2011


Take a look at these stats through Monday, 2/7 games.

Player A: 46.5% FG, 33.7% 3FG, 68.2% FT, 5.7 REB, 5.9 AST, 1.6 STL, 1.7 TO, 18.12 PER (player efficiency rating), age 27

Player B: 45.0% FG, 31.2% 3FG, 81.3% FT, 4.3 REB, 5.5 AST, .67 STL, 1.9 TO, 19.34 PER (player efficiency rating), age 29.5

*Originally forgot to mention minutes played, since that’s probably important for counting stats (rebounds, steals, assists, etc). Player A plays 37.3 minutes per game, Player B plays 36.5.

OK, I’m guessing you know who Player A is. That’s Andre Iguodala. Player B is Joe Johnson.

The difference between the two can’t be seen with the comparison I gave you. I left points per game out intentionally, so as to not give away the answer. But it’s clearly important, so here it is.

Johnson averages 20.5 points per, Andre 14.5. Not a negligible difference.

However, they are equals in Win Shares this year, with Andre playing fewer games. Andre’s best career post-season stats are better than Joe’s – Andre averaged (in 6 games) 21.5-6.3-6.7 while Johnson’s best is probably last year’s 20.0-3.9-4.0 line a few years ago.

So what do we have here? A small breakdown:

  • Better Scorer: Johnson (scores, less efficient, difference too great)
  • Better Shooter: Johnson (giving it to him for his history – 37% career 3FG)
  • Better Rebounder: Andre (pretty clearly)
  • Better Passer: Andre (close, more assists and fewer turnovers)
  • Better Defender: Andre (no-brainer)

Better Player: I’ll let you decide. But here is some influencing on my part:

Iguodala vs. Johnson, head-to-head this year

  • Andre: 38 pts, 13 reb, 18 ast, 14-27 FG, 2-6 3FG, 8-10 FT, 4 TOs
  • Johnson: 27 pts, 5 reb, 3 ast, 9-18 FG, 1-4 3FG, 9-12 FT, 11 TOs

So now, who would you rather have?

*Have to give credit to Rob Neyer, the king of anonymous player comparisons.

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