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DX adds +/- statistics for all players in the mock draft

http://www.draftexpress.com/stats.php?q=plusminus&year=2009/10&league=NCAA&per=pergame&qual=sec2010&sort2=DESC&pos=all&stage=all&min=20&conference=0&sort=8

 

Sloppy stuff.  All of the problems that plague +/- in NBA ball are exacerbated when looking at college stats.  For example; players like Luke Babbit and Paul George, in weak conferences surrounded by inferior talents, get a serious bump.  Additionally, a sample size of one NBA season is typically too small to make good predictions about future performance, so you can imagine how problematic one college season is...  Despite these problems, these stats at least draw our attention to some interesting findings.

The most glaring issue is Evan Turner sporting the 2nd WORST net +/- out of the college players listed in DX's mock draft.  That is right, the Buckeyes performed better this year with Evan Turner on the bench.  See here for an attempt to explain this strange finding.

The next issue that stands out to me is how dominant Derrick Favors looks.  The story has consistently been that Favors is all promise and little production.  Favors has the highest net +/- among major conference players, and gives GT a massive bump in rebounding % when on the court.  This seems to contradict the idea that he failed to dominate at the college level.  GT performed much better with Favors on the court.  I didn't watch GT at all this year, so maybe someone can help explain this one.  I figured that if anything, Favors would come out worse than he deserves on a +/- metric, because he had Gani Lawal playing his position when he wasn't, rather than the typical disparity between a lottery pick and the teammates that share his position.

Any thoughts on either of these issues?  Anything else that pops out at you?  Also... it should be noted that, for whatever reason, DeMarcus Cousins isn't listed here.  Pretty annoying, because he was the single player I was most interested in looking at.  Oh well.

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