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Posted by cuorange on December 18, 2009

John Hollinger developed Player Efficiency Rating (PER) as an attempt to combine all of a player’s contributions into one number.  Hollinger also developed a simpler formula called the Hollinger Game Score to quantify a player’s performance in a single game.
 
I’ve taken the Hollinger Game Score formula and tweaked it a bit to fit the college game (40 minutes vs. 48 in the NBA) and made it an average score of all games played in order to determine who is contributing the most (or least) for a team.
 
It’s no surprise that using my version of Hollinger’s formula shows Trevor Booker and Tanner Smith are the biggest contributors to the Tigers this year.  It is a little surprising to see Andre Young ranked third and Demontez Stitt 4th.  Turnovers play a big role here.  Young is averaging 1 turnover every 15.1 minutes played, while Stitt is at one turnover every 10.5 minutes.  What do you want your point guard to NOT do?  Turn the ball over.

Player PER/G
T. Booker  15.2 
Smith 11.4
Young  10.0 
Stitt  9.3 
Grant 8.9
Potter 8.3
Jennings 4.5
D. Booker  4.4
Johnson   4.0 
Narcisse   3.2 
Hill   2.1

That David Potter is so far down the list is also a little disappointing and could be something to keep an eye on going forward.  If teams are able to stop Trevor Booker the Tigers are going to need Potter to score or they have little chance.
 
Jerai Grant is quietly putting together a nice year, given his playing time, ranking ahead of Potter and equal to Devin Booker and Milton Jennings combined.
 
Noel Johnson and Bryan Narcisse have had their moments, but Donte Hill is an afterthought at his point though not much was expected of Hill offensively.
 
It should be noted that the PER and my incarnation of it here largely measures offensive performance and PER (and my version) is not an appropriate measure of a player’s defensive ability and does not take into account intangible elements such as drive, leadership, durability, conditioning, or hustle, because there is no real way to quantitatively measure these things, which are often based on opinion.

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