Originally posted by AmpLee:
It doesn't matter whether your reasoning was to not mislead, when the author clearly was cherry picking facts to create a dramatic illusion. The difference between Lebron and Durante was equivalent to Blake Griffin and Marc Gasol. See how it sounds less dramatic?
But, we're talking strictly PER. Gasol doesn't score very high in PER because it doesn't factor in defensive ability of a player. So, if we're talking PER - then yes - the difference between Griffin and Gasol is just as dramatic.
Your comparison may sound less dramatic to a casual fan...or someone who doesn't pay a lot of attention to PERs or may not exactly know what it represents. It is a statistical contribution of a player...not a rating of a player.
In John Hollinger's words, "The PER sums up all a player's positive accomplishments, subtracts the negative accomplishments, and returns a per-minute rating of a player's performance."
If you're a fan of this stat and have paid attention to it in past years - then you'll understand that a difference of 3.3 between Lebron and Durant is very high WHEN taking into account the kind of efficient season Durant has put in. This is why it surprised me when it was posted on hoopsworld.
[ Edited by 4ML on Aug 27, 2013 at 2:11 AM ]