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Crunching numbers on Billups and Arroyo

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Has Chauncey Billups been the best point guard in the NBA so far? Was Carlos Arroyo really a liability? It's difficult, if not impossible, to objectively and definitively answer either question, but that's precisely the daunting task that one of the guys over at PistonsForum.com is trying to in one of their reader contributed articles.

While I love exploring 82games.com as much as the next guy, I'm not sure I buy into the idea that crunching numbers can reveal as quite as much about the relative performance of basketball players as it can with baseball players.

One thing that doesn't show up in the numbers is how well a point guard can maintain the "flow" of a game. That may entail making the pass that sets up the assist, which doesn't show up in the box score but is quite evident to anyone watching the game. Another example is performing in crunch time, whether it's a guy delivering the ball to a shooter or just having the guts to take the game-winning shot himself.

But either way, it's fun to see how the stats stack up, whether you believe in them completely or just like to see how they match up with your opinions.

stat sprocket: Evaluating the Point Guard Position [PistonsForum.com]