Friday, May 09, 2014

2014 NBA AWARDS: WHO SHOULD BE IN THE “ALL-NBA TEAMS / ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAMS” ACCORDING TO STATISTICS?

This is the second of my two articles about 2014 NBA AWARDS using statistics. Few days ago, we screened for the MVP of the 2014 regular season. Kevin Durant finally won the award as my screening was expecting (see the article).
Today, we will focus on “who should be in the All-NBA teams / All-Defensive teams”.


A. 2014 ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAMS.
The NBA All-Defensive Team is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) honor given since the 1968–69 NBA season to the best defensive players during the regular season (Voting is conducted by the NBA head coaches who are not allowed to vote for players on their own team).
Accordingly, I screened the 10 best players of the 2014 regular season in 3 different sets of statistics regarding defense (see my article for February and March for the most effective defensive players during these months).
The first data (A) looked at player impact on opponents points (a global view of the impact of the defense). The second one (B) focused on defensive player impact on opponents’ offensive rebounds (the fewer offensive rebounds, the less second chance points by opponents) and opponents’ field goal % (a good defense imply a lower field goal %). Finally, I screened (C) individual statistics specific to defense (defensive rebounds, steals and blocks).
According to my benchmark of three statistics, Joakim Noah, the defensive player of the year, would lead the All-Defensive FIRST TEAM. There are 28 players that received points (see details in section C below). It's no surprise to find seven players belonging to the two best defensive teams in the top ten (according to the defensive rating ratio). A special mention to Tim Duncan who, at age 38 (he is the oldest player of this selection), is still producing amazing defense while leading his team to the third best defensive rating in the regular season.

a. All-Defensive FIRST TEAM.
Rk
Player
A
B
C
TOTAL POINTS
1
Joakim Noah
7
6
9
22
2
Roy Hibbert
9
10

19
3
Paul George
7
8

15
4
David West
5
10

15
5
Taj Gibson
10
1

11

b. All-Defensive SECOND TEAM.
6
DeAndre Jordan


10
10
7
Kirk Hinrich
9


9
8
George Hill
2
6

8
9
Andre Drummond


8
8
10
Reggie Jackson

7

7
11
DeMarcus Cousins


7
7



B. 2014 ALL-NBA TEAMS.
The All-NBA Team is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) honor bestowed on the best players in the league following every NBA season. The voting is conducted by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. The team has been selected in every season of the league's existence, dating back to its inaugural season in 1946.
My All-NBA Team is the combination of (1) the statistics used to find the MVP of the regular season (statistics based on 5 different sets of statistics focused mainly on attack and efficiency) and (2) the screenings used to find my All-Defensive teams. Accordingly, there is no distinction regarding the position of the players.
According to my benchmark of eight statistics (five for the “attack/efficiency” and three for the “defense”), Kevin Durant and Joakim Noah would lead my ALL-NBA teams.

a. All-NBA FIRST TEAM.
Rk
Player
POINTS ATTACK/EFFICIENCY
POINTS DEFENSE
TOTAL POINTS
1
65
0
65
2
33
22
55
3
44
0
44
4
43
0
43
5
21
19
40

b. All-NBA SECOND TEAM.
Rk
Player
POINTS ATTACK/EFFICIENCY
POINTS DEFENSE
TOTAL POINTS
6
37
0
37
7
21
15
36
8
34
0
34
9
33
0
33
10
33
0
33

c. All-NBA THIRD TEAM.
Rk
Player
POINTS ATTACK/EFFICIENCY
POINTS DEFENSE
TOTAL POINTS
11
27
5
32
12
30
0
30
13
13
15
28
14
28
0
28
15
14
10
24
16
18
6
24



C. DETAILS OF THE 2014 ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAMS.
Below, you can find the details of the different statistics used to determine the all-defensive teams.

a. In a single season, per 48 minutes, in 2013-14, in the regular season, requiring Opponent Points <= 80 and Minutes Played >= 24, sorted by most games in season matching criteria.
Rk
Player
Count
1
18
2
17
3
17
4
16
5
16
6
14
7
14
8
14
9
13
10
13

b. In a single season, in 2013-14, in the regular season, requiring Opponent Offensive Rebounds <= 10 and Opponent Field Goal Pct <= 0.35 and Minutes Played >= 24, sorted by most games in season matching criteria.
Rk
Player
Count
1
12
2
12
3
9
4
8
5
7
6
7
7
7
8
7
9
7
10
6
11
6
12
6
13
6
14
6

c. In multiple seasons, in 2013-14, in the regular season, requiring Defensive Rebounds >= 6 and Blocks >= 1 and Steals >= 1, sorted by most games matching criteria.
Rk
Player
Count
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12

d. Final rating for the all-defensive teams. 
Rk
Player
A
B
C
TOTAL POINTS
1
7
6
9
22
2
9
10

19
3
7
8

15
4
5
10

15
5
10
1

11
6


10
10
7
9


9
8
2
6

8
9


8
8
10

7

7
11


7
7
12
5
1

6
13

6

6
14


6
6
15

6

6
16

6

6
17


6
6
18
5


5
19


4
4
20


3
3
21


3
3
22
2


2
23


1
1
24

1

1
25

1

1
26


1
1
27

1

1
28


1
1



D. DETAILS OF THE 2014 ALL-NBA TEAMS.
Below, you can find the final rating of the ALL-NBA teams.

Rk
Player
POINTS ATTACK/EFFICIENCY
POINTS DEFENSE
TOTAL POINTS
1
65
0
65
2
33
22
55
3
44
0
44
4
43
0
43
5
21
19
40
6
37
0
37
7
21
15
36
8
34
0
34
9
33
0
33
10
33
0
33
11
27
5
32
12
30
0
30
13
13
15
28
14
28
0
28
15
14
10
24
16
18
6
24
17
21
1
22
18
22
0
22
19
22
0
22
20
22
0
22
21
20
1
21
22
21
0
21
23
15
4
19
24
19
0
19
25
19
0
19
26
17
0
17
27
15
1
16
28
16
0
16
29
14
0
14
30
13
0
13
31
12
0
12
32
12
0
12
33
12
0
12
34

11
11
35
10
0
10
36
10
0
10
37
4
6
10
38

9
9
39
9
0
9
40
9
0
9
41
9
0
9
42

8
8
43
7
1
8
44

8
8
45

7
7
46
7
0
7
47
7
0
7
48

6
6
49

6
6
50

6
6
51

6
6
52
5
0
5
53

3
3
54

3
3
55

2
2
56

1
1
57
1
0
1
58
1
0
1
59

1
1
60
-3
0
-3


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