Monday, December 27, 2010

Plus/Minus Versus Aquinas

Versus Aquinas

Playerplusminus+/-MIN+/min-/minP.M./min
Brink3548-13221.592.18-0.59
DeBoer3034-4152.002.27-0.27
DeYoung1214-262.002.33-0.33
Fabiyi00000.000.000.00
Greene00000.000.000.00
Haverdink33276191.741.420.32
Kruis139491.441.000.44
Powell51438242.131.790.33
Rietema00000.000.000.00
Rodts5357-4281.892.04-0.14
Salo00000.000.000.00
Schnyders4852-4251.922.08-0.16
Schuster5154-3252.042.16-0.12
Snikkers54522272.001.930.07
Vallie00000.000.000.00
Team380390-102001.901.95-0.05

Matt DeBoer came away from the game with a career high 17 points, but he ended up with his poorest (chartable) +/- day. But we know that one game of +/- doesn't tell us much of anything about how an individual played. It's more of a cumulative season stat, so we'll jump right to the...

Season Total:

Playerplusminus+/-MIN+/min-/minP.M./min
Brink290240501372.121.750.36
DeBoer16013525762.111.780.33
DeYoung119123-4582.052.12-0.07
Fabiyi81742.000.251.75
Greene00000.000.000.00
Haverdink224207171221.841.700.14
Kruis74695481.541.440.10
Powell331280511632.031.720.31
Rietema00000.000.000.00
Rodts353325281781.981.830.16
Salo00000.000.000.00
Schnyders21520871052.051.980.07
Schuster281248331392.021.780.24
Snikkers327280471572.081.780.30
Vallie2324-1151.531.60-0.07
Team2405214026512022.001.780.22

I think we're seeing this chart start to represent what we see, and what we've heard about individuals.

There's been a lot of discussion over the past several weeks on d3boards.com about Brian Haverdink's contributions to the team, and I think we are catching our first glimpse of his defensive value here. Coach Vande Streek described him as a very good team defender in the pre-season, and that's showing after six games (of useable data). It still doesn't excuse his rather weak offensive showing, but it is something.

Of the top nine players, only Tyler Kruis has better defensive numbers (-/min), and he's played significanlty fewer minutes, so his numbers may still settle a bit. Actually all of these numbers will continue to settle, but I feel that they're getting pretty good.

The top five players in total value (PM/min) are Brink, DeBoer, Powell, Snikkers and Schuster (excliding Mike Fabiyi). The only starter missing is Rodts, and he's sixth. That's what we think we should see. The best players rating as the best.

Matt DeBoer has been rating well for a while now, espcially on the offensive end. He's been getting "eighth man" type minutes, but I wouldn't be surprised to see his playing time ratchet up in the near future. Maybe it stays the same, but doesn't get reduced when Salo returns.

I would consider these numbers to be better indicators of defensive abilities than offensive. No hard evidence to support that, but it seems that it's easier to 'hide' on offense than it is on defense. I don't think any of us would mistake Adam DeYoung for an offensive force, but he ranks fourth on the team in +/min.

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