Since its +/-, the number of games you've played shouldn't really matter, though playing against easier teams should yield better +/- stats for our guys. JOB said he believes in the stat, and I do too, to an extent. If anything, it might be the best thing we have to capturing "intangibles." The results are interesting to say the least, and some of you will probably just use the results as evidence that the +/- stat doesn't tell us anything, but here are the results:
Murphy in 11 games, overall, is -49
Diogu in 3 games, overall, is -29
O'Neal, in 10 games, overall, is -24
Foster in 15 games, overall, is -15
Harrison in 15 games, overall, is +28
Least surprising is probably that Murphy is -49. Maybe give him a slight break as he was coming back from injury, but we've suspected his offense does not outweigh his defensive liabilities, at least at this point in the season.
Most surprising is that Harrison is our only big in the positive for the year, and by a decent margin- by 43 points over Foster, who I'm not surprised to see as our 2nd highest at -15. Harrison's stats in some games don't seem to be overwhelming, but the +/- stat seems to indicate that his presence is benefitting the team, whether its deflecting passes, altering shots, playing good help defense, or maybe the offense flows better with him in the game, for whatever reason.
Also surprising are Diogu's stats (everyone's pet). In 3 games he was in the negative each game, for -29 overall. Everyone loves his offensive abilities but do those abilities compensate for his defensive liabilities? (A better version of Murphy?) He's listed at 6'8", but I'd guess he's only about 6'6" or so, which is pretty small for a 4.
I'm as big a fan of offense as the next guy, but you have to give me some D too. Ike can't guard 3s, and he's going to be undersized against every 4 he goes up against.
Defense wins championships, and if I had to pick the two worst defenders out of our bigs, it would be Murphy and Diogu, in that order. The +/- stats support that conclusion.
For those who think Ike is one of our "untouchables" when it comes to trades, along with Shawne and Danny, I disagree. Harrison's issues in the past have been well documented, but his temper and foul situation have improved quite a bit, considering the BS calls he gets against him, which are also well-documented.
I'm not saying Harrison should be one of the "untouchables" along with Shawne and Danny. However, I like the thought of Danny-Shawne-Harrison along with a stud PG free agent 2 years down the line, and a formidable shooting guard. If the two guards could play good D, that could be one hell of a defensive team, especially if David continues progressing, keeps his cool, and the refs call less fouls based on reputation. He could easily average 18/10/3 blocks/2 steals a game, along with Danny Shawne and a stud PG, I think that's a team that could contend two years down the line. I think the early results this year support such a prognostication. As hard as it is to find good all-around centers, I think some of us are a bit too itchy with the trigger finger when it comes to David.