Everyone generally acknowledges that lots of things happen on the basketball court that help teams win besides scoring. But in practice, evaluation of players tends to turn heavily on PPG totals. Here’s Dave Berri’s list of players who make the biggest contributions — grabbing rebounds, avoiding turnovers, and using the shots they do take efficiently — without scoring tons of points:
Obviously the Miami Heat’s offseason moves have attracted the most attention. But the Los Angeles Lakers were a great team next year, and in Steve Blake and Matt Barnes they’ve acquires two guys who make big contributions without shooting frequently.