Big Data’s Air-Ball: Five Questions About Players That NBA Analytics Can’t Answer

Regardless whether he wins his fifth MVP or not, it’s still a pretty safe bet to call LeBron James the best player in the NBA, or even by the more popular, “best player on the planet.’’

Somehow, though, James doesn’t measure up to the New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis, in one vital statistical category: The “Unibrow’’ has the highest player efficiency rating (PER), at 31.2. In fact, in only his third NBA season, Davis has a chance over the next two months to break the all-time PER in NBA history, set by Wilt Chamberlain, who had a 31.82 PER in 1962-63.

Author: Mitch Lawrence

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