Analytics MVP 4.0: Who are the best players based on advanced analytics and impact metrics?

How do Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic compare?

As part of a series at HoopsHype, we are examining who should win the NBA MVP award based on what we can learn from advanced analytics.

For this survey, each impact metric was included because it was considered among the most trustworthy by NBA executives when asked by HoopsHype during this past offseason.

The metrics pulled included Daily Plus-Minus (DPM), Estimated Plus-Minus (EPM), LEBRON (BBall-Index), RAPTOR (FiveThirtyEight), Player Efficiency Rating (Basketball-Reference), Box Plus-Minus (Basketball-Reference). We also added the alternative model of Box Plus-Minus from Backpicks.com as well as the newest impact metric, Daily-Updated Rating of Individual Performance (DRIP).

For the first time thus far, ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus (RPM) was also included.

Because all of these metrics (except PER) are graded on a per-100 possession scale, we adjusted for playing time by multiplying their impact contribution on each metric by the percentage of possible minutes they have played for their team so far this season.

As with the official vote, the top player received 10 points, the second received seven points, the third received five points, the fourth received three points, and the fifth player received one point. If a player finished outside of the Top 5, they didn’t receive any votes from that measurement.

Only players that made the Top 5 on least one of these nine metrics were included in our rankings below. Some of the most notable omissions include Kevin Durant, Rudy Gobert, Devin Booker, Jrue Holiday, Donovan Mitchell, Jimmy Butler, Fred VanVleet, James Harden, and Ja Morant.

To see who is performing the best based on HoopsHype’s Global Rating, click here. All stats are accurate as of March 27, 2022. 

Analytics MVP 3.0: Who are the best players based on advanced analytics and impact metrics?

We need to talk about Nikola Jokic.

As part of a new series at HoopsHype, we are examining who should win the NBA MVP award based on what we can learn from advanced analytics.

For this survey, each impact metric was included because it was considered among the most trustworthy by NBA executives when asked by HoopsHype during this past offseason.

The metrics pulled included Daily Plus-Minus (DPM), Estimated Plus-Minus (EPM), LEBRON (BBall-Index), RAPTOR (FiveThirtyEight), Regularized Adjusted Plus-Minus (RAPM), Player Efficiency Rating (Basketball-Reference), Box Plus-Minus (Basketball-Reference). We also added the model of Box Plus-Minus from Backpicks.com as well as the newest impact metric, Daily-Updated Rating of Individual Performance (DRIP).

ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus was not included because the data has not been published yet this season. However, if it’s publicly available by our next update, RPM will also be calculated.

Because all of these metrics (except PER) are graded on a per-100 possession scale, we adjusted for playing time by multiplying their impact contribution on each metric by the percentage of possible minutes they have played for their team so far this season.

As with the official vote, the top player received 10 points, the second received seven points, the third received five points, the fourth received three points, and the fifth player received one point. If a player finished outside of the Top 5, they didn’t receive any votes from that measurement.

Only players that made the Top 5 on least one of these nine metrics were included in our rankings below. Some of the most notable omissions include Rudy Gobert, Karl-Anthony Towns, Kevin Durant, Jimmy Butler, Jarrett Allen, Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell, Devin Booker, and Ja Morant.

To see who is performing the best based on HoopsHype’s Global Rating, click here. All stats are accurate as of Feb. 17, 2022. 

Power Rating: Who are the top teams in the NBA right now?

One of the classic staples in sports journalism is the weekly Power Ranking which provides a glimpse into the momentum of every team. As a step beyond, we’re introducing the Power Rating, a new stat that gives us a daily and objective look to find …

One of the classic staples in sports journalism is the weekly Power Ranking which provides a glimpse into the momentum of every team. As a step beyond, we’re introducing the Power Rating, a new stat that gives us a daily and objective look to find the hottest and coldest teams in the NBA.

The Power Rating takes into account several factors, including each team’s overall season record, their last 10 games record, and their current streak. The ranking will be updated every night shortly after the games are finished.

Here’s how it looks right now…

(DIFF: Position change compared to the previous day).

Five reasons why Russell Westbrook has struggled so mightily as a Laker

HoopsHype breaks down the analytics behind Russell Westbrook’s struggles as a member of the Lakers.

It’s no secret that Russell Westbrook has struggled as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Just how badly has the former league MVP struggled?

According to VORP (+0.3) and BPM (-1.1), this has been the least impactful campaign of Westbrook’s career, and according to WS/48 (0.46), it’s the second-least impactful.

In turn, Los Angeles has struggled as a whole, sitting at 23-24 to this point in the season and with the No. 22 net rating league-wide (-1.4).

Below, we break down some of the reasons why Westbrook is having such a down year.

Trade deadline watch: Players who have improved their value

The February 10 NBA trade deadline is right around the corner and we are starting to get a strong idea on who is and isn’t available. Here are some players who can probably be acquired that have also boosted their trade value this season. We used …


The February 10 NBA trade deadline is right around the corner and we are starting to get a strong idea on who is and isn’t available. Here are some players who can probably be acquired that have also boosted their trade value this season.

We used ProFitX to view what these players should be earning based on their level of play, and evaluate if these players are in a position to earn such a raise with their current team.

Analytics MVP 2.0: Who are the best players based on advanced analytics and impact metrics?

As part of a new series at HoopsHype, we are examining who should win the NBA MVP award based on what we can learn from advanced analytics.

As part of a new series at HoopsHype, we are examining who should win the NBA MVP award based on what we can learn from advanced analytics.

For this survey, each impact metric was included because it was considered among the most trustworthy by NBA executives when asked by HoopsHype during this past offseason.

The metrics pulled included Daily Plus-Minus (DPM), Estimated Plus-Minus (EPM), LEBRON (BBall-Index), RAPTOR (FiveThirtyEight), Regularized Adjusted Plus-Minus (RAPM), Player Efficiency Rating (Basketball-Reference), Box Plus-Minus (Basketball-Reference). We also added the model of Box Plus-Minus from Backpicks.com as well as the newest impact metric, Daily-Updated Rating of Individual Performance (DRIP).

ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus was not included because the data has not been published yet this season. However, if it’s publicly available by our next update, RPM will also be calculated.

Because all of these metrics (except PER) are graded on a per-100 possession scale, we adjusted for playing time by multiplying their impact contribution on each metric by the percentage of possible minutes they have played for their team so far this season.

As with the official vote, the top player received 10 points, the second received seven points, the third received five points, the fourth received three points, and the fifth player received one point. If a player finished outside of the Top 5, they didn’t receive any votes from that measurement.

Only players that made the Top 5 on least one of these nine metrics were included in our rankings below. Some of the most notable omissions include Jayson Tatum, Karl-Anthony Towns, Donovan Mitchell, Trae Young, Jimmy Butler, Zach LaVine, Ja Morant, Devin Booker, and Luka Doncic.

To see who is performing the best based on HoopsHype’s Global Rating, click here. All stats are accurate as of Jan. 17, 2022. 

Global Rating: The best players from each draft class

Every year, the NBA draft is a great opportunity to look at the future of the league. Players get selected from No. 1 to No. 60 with one big question in mind: which ones will end up having the bigger impact on the court? According to Global Rating, …

Every year, the NBA draft is a great opportunity to look at the future of the league. Players get selected from No. 1 to No. 60 with one big question in mind: which ones will end up having the bigger impact on the court?

According to Global Rating, these are the best players this season from each NBA draft class – including those who were eligible that year but ended up undrafted.

(RNK: Overall league ranking).

The best pick-and-roll duos in the NBA

HoopsHype breaks down the top 7 pick-and-roll duos in the NBA in the 2021-22 season.

The pick-and-roll has for a long time been one of the most vital play types. With guards’ abilities to get to the basket using a teammates’ screen or bomb away using a pull-up three-point, pick-and-rolls stretch defenses and increase offensive efficiency.

Using analytics and the eye test, we’ve put together a list of the best pick-and-roll duos in the NBA in 2021-22.

Contract watch: Players that helped themselves over the last month

Here are several NBA players outperforming their current contract that are setting themselves up for raises very soon.

The NBA season is just over a third complete and it’s becoming clear which players are making great strides and having career years. Here are several players that are outperforming their current contract and are setting themselves up for new deals very soon. We used ProFitX to view what these players should be earning based on their level of play, and evaluate if these players are in a position to earn such a raise with their current team.

Three in the Key: Explaining why Donovan Mitchell belongs in the MVP conversation

He ranks as the NBA’s best player over the course of the last month, per HoopsHype’s Global Rating.

As part of an ongoing series at HoopsHype, we’re breaking down some of the most interesting trends we have seen around the NBA throughout the season.

Of course, the name of this column is derived from basketball’s three-second violation rule. With that in mind, the goal of this exercise is to find one of the most interesting subjects about the game and explain the three keys to why it is happening while also providing context on what makes it interesting.

For this edition, Three in the Key will take a look at someone that has been heating up of late. During the broadcast on Christmas, perhaps forgetting about John Stockton and Karl Malone, Stephen A. Smith called him the greatest talent in the history of the franchise. He also ranks as the NBA’s best player over the course of the last month, per HoopsHype’s Global Rating.

We’re talking about Utah Jazz superstar Donovan Mitchell – and why he might be a little bit underrated as perhaps the game’s most elite shot-creator based on these three elements: