... according to Basketball Reference blogger Neil Paine, who ranks every player who's played in the last 3 seasons, using a basket of stats, including PER, Win Shares, and 2 variants of plus/minus.
Usual caveats apply. Stats can be misleading, there's some arbitrariness going on in how stats are applied, etc. Could make for fun discussion though.
So, here's the list:
Here's how the Pacers are ranked:
Not a very inspiring list. New acquisition George Hill is at 115.
441 D. Jones
523 S. Jones
In comparison, this what a few elite teams look like:
By this measure, we're a good long way from becoming an elite team.
I also thought it would be interesting to take a look at the ranks of potential free agent targets. Here are some of the guys we've talked about on the board:
By this measure, Nene, Chandler, and West would all be very solid additions to the team.
And lastly, here's a look at some potential trade targets that occasionally come up on the board.
Go ahead, take a look at the list, but remember that this is only one way of looking at the players. Different evaluation measures could rank them differently.
27 Josh Smith
67 Al Jefferson