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Chris Paul is Superhuman. Kyle Lowry....Elite? Trey Burke for ROY.

I was curious this afternoon about how well our man Trey matched up with some of the elite point guards in the NBA this season. I started crunching some numbers and found some very interesting facts.

Disclaimer: Im am extremely amateur at this numbers game. Im sure there is a website that will pull this info right up, but I did this all with a notepad and an excel spreadsheet. THERE ARE PROBABLY ERRORS, but please go easy on me. This is sorted by the Efficiency Column.

My formula is as follows:

(Points per Game) + (Assists per Game X 2) -----DIVIDED BY----- (Shots per Game) + (Free Throw Atts per Game/2) + (Assists per Game) + (TO's per Game)

Basically its points generated per possession used. A used possession is one of 4 things:

1- Shot

2- Assist

3- Free Throw / 2

4- Turnover

More disclaimer: Does not account for 3 pointers, because, well, I don't have a clue how to incorporate such data.

Player:

Posessions:

Points Generated:

Efficiency:

Pace of Play:

Teams Poss/Game:

% Of Teams Poss's

Chris Paul

30.9

42.0

1.36

7

98.3

31%

Kyle Lowry

23.7

31.1

1.31

23

94.7

25%

Ty Lawson

28.8

35.8

1.24

5

98.9

29%

Isaiah Thomas

25.7

31.9

1.24

11

97.1

26%

Mike Conley

25.2

31.2

1.24

30

92.5

27%

Damian Lillard

26.7

33.0

1.24

10

97.9

27%

Tony Parker

24.8

30.5

1.23

15

96.8

26%

Goran Dragic

25.6

31.4

1.23

9

98

26%

Steph Curry

34.2

41.9

1.23

4

99.1

35%

Ricky Rubio

20.2

24.7

1.22

2

99.9

20%

Eric Bledsoe

24.8

29.6

1.19

9

98

25%

John Wall

31.5

37.4

1.19

19

95.2

33%

Trey Burke

21.9

25.1

1.15

25

94

23%

Kyrie Irving

29.5

33.5

1.14

16

96.2

31%

Reggie Jackson

18.7

20.8

1.11

6

98.7

19%

Russell Westbrook

31.9

35.3

1.11

6

98.7

32%

Michael Carter-Williams

28.0

30.4

1.09

1

102.4

27%

1: Chris Paul is Efficient, and he uses a lot of possessions. I wonder if his coaches traditionally rely on him too much during the regular season. He uses 31% of the teams possessions. I think the Clippers will have a short lived playoff run unless they get some help with the playmaking. They've got the shooters and the scorers but Im afraid that the burden is too much for CP3, and he may get burnt out towards the end of the season, and lose much of his effectiveness in the playoffs. They should sit him as long as they can hold onto that 3rd-4th seed without him.

2- Kyle Lowry is a solid Point Guard. Ive always liked his toughness but I haven't really heard good things about him by any of the experts. According to this list he is the second most efficient Point Guard. While CP3 is in a world of his own, Mr. Lowry is the only one that really approaches his greatness. Is there something I am missing with Kyle? Maybe we can sign him as a free agent after the kids develop a few more seasons and make a deep playoff run. Kyle could be the Scott Hatteberg to our beloved Jazz team, that Hatteberg himself was to the Oakland A's record setting win-streak.

3- I see no correlation between efficiency of a possession and pace of play.

4- The Thunder may need a more efficient point guard even when Russell comes back from surgery. Reggie is not the playmaker/scorer that Harden is. In fact, Jackson and Westbrook share the same exact efficiency of a possession. Durant is carrying quite a load on his shoulders.

5- Maybe Popovich is onto something, as tony parker is only using 24.8 possessions compared to Chris Paul's 30.9 & Steph Curry's 34.2. Keeping him fresh for what actually matters to him this season, Winning a Championship.

6- Other Surprises: Isaiah Thomas and Mike Conley. Not superstars, but solid, hard-working contributors. Also, Steph Curry uses a lot of possessions.

7- Now onto Trey Burke, TB3, Alfonso. his 1.15 points is respectable and much higher than Michael Carter-Williams. Carter-Williams' stats are definitely inflated because of the number of possessions he uses. He uses 6.1 more possessions than Trey. His 1.09 points is not nearly as great looking on paper as his stats might have you think.

Trey is more efficient than Kyrie Irving and Russell Westbrook. These are two score first point guards that have struggled a bit so far this year, but I'd say its a good sign. As a frame of reference I also looked up Chris Paul's rookie season. His 1.25 points per possession used is excellent and would be 3rd on this list even today. Teams need to get that guy some help so he can make a run in the playoffs, he deserves it.

Let me know what you think. I would also like to run these same number for Gordon, Alec, Derrick and Enes at their respective positions. Thank you for reading.

All comments are the opinion of the commenter and not necessarily that of SLC Dunk or SB Nation.

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