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Jamisonmania

The Wizards have been using Gilbert Arenas as the “face of the franchise” for a while, but last season many fans came to suspect that Caron Butler might be the team’s best player — a theory their continued mediocrity success without Arenas this season seemed to support. In terms of adjusted plus/minus, however, Antawn Jamison’s the man not only the best on the team, but actually one of the most valuable players in the whole league. For that matter, he looks great in terms of regular plus/minus, too. These stats can be misused because they make a player’s quality in part a function of the quality of his backup, but I think they do provide a useful perspective given how much of the game’s action doesn’t seem well-captured by individual-level statistics.

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