Marquette’s Individual PER’s
A few years back, John Hollinger of ESPN invented a formula to determine a player’s efficiency on the court. It takes all of a player’s positive stats, subtracted by his negative stats, multiplied by his minutes played. He calls it the Player Efficiency Rating (PER) and it’s defined as such:
“PER takes into account positive accomplishments, such as field goals, free throws, 3-pointers, assists, rebounds, blocks and steals, and negative ones, such as missed shots, turnovers and personal fouls. The formula adds positive stats and subtracts negative ones through a statistical point value system. The rating for each player is then adjusted to a per-minute basis so that, for example, substitutes can be compared with starters in playing time debates. It is also adjusted for the team’s pace. In the end, one number sums up the players’ statistical accomplishments for that season.”
However, Hollinger’s formula is complicated, so I used another formula that I found discovered that was much simpler and in the end, when compared to Hollinger’s numbers, were all within 1.00 of the actual formula used. The formula is as follows:
[(FGM x 85.910) + (Steals x 53.897) + (3PTM x 51.757) + (FTM x 46.845) + (Blocks x 39.190) + (Offensive_Reb x 39.190) + (Assists x 34.677) + (Defensive_Reb x 14.707) – (Foul x 17.174) – (FT_Miss x 20.091) – (FG_Miss x 39.190) – (TO x 53.897) ] x (1 / Minutes).
1. Jimmy Butler, 27.32
Just like it was last year, Butler has been Marquette’s most efficient player on the court this season. Making it more impressive is the fact that Butler has played the most minutes of any Golden Eagle at 251. He leads Marquette in rebounds, free throws made, free throws attempted, and has turned the ball over just eight times. His development of an outside shot extending past the three point line has made Butler a threat from anywhere on the court. His ability to get to the paint and get to the free throw line has made Butler Marquette’s best player so far.
2. Lazar Hayward, 21.23
Expected to be Marquette’s go-to guy this season, foul trouble and inconsistency from the outside has limited Hayward. Still, his numbers speak for themselves and he has done a fantastic job in the minutes he has been on the court. He leads the Golden Eagles in points and as Hayward goes, so do the Golden Eagles. Constantly guarding the opponent’s biggest player, he works his tail off on every offensive possession and is the most important player on the team.
3. Maurice Acker, 18.83
It may be a surprise to see Acker so high on this list, but the senior from Chicago has canceled out his early season turnovers with 32 assists and 17 steals, which lead the team. When freshman Junior Cadougan went down for the year with a torn Achilles heel, Acker’s role drastically increased and he has picked up the slack. A career 36 percent shooter, Acker is shooting a ridiculous 51 percent from the field (26-for-51) and has been Marquette’s floor leader. He presses at times but also runs the break better than anyone.
4. Erik Williams, 18.28
The freshman from Texas’s numbers are a little tainted as he has played just 22 minutes all season and appeared in just three games, but he has produced when in. Questions have arisen as to why the athletic forward has yet to play much this season, but work ethic and failing to pick up the offense might have something to do with it. He should see more minutes as the season goes along.
5. Darius Johnson-Odom, 14.69
Marquette’s biggest early season surprise has been “DJO”, the sophomore junior college recruit from North Carolina. His most important characteristic is his outside shooting, something the Golden Eagles lacked for the most part last season. Johnson-Odom has connected on 18 of 34 three-point attempts and has a long ball in each of Marquette’s first seven games. He has also shown flashes of getting to the basket with either hand, and his huge upper body allows him to draw fouls and finish at the rim. His defense is still coming along, but all signs point to DJO being Marquette’s third go-to guy this season.
6. Joe Fulce, 12.12
Fulce’s numbers are also somewhat inflated as he has played just 95 minutes this season but he has started a couple of games for the Golden Eagles and, like Hayward, is matched up on a bigger man on most nights. As Marquette’s “center”, Fulce plays with high energy and has shown an ability to hit the outside shot. He isn’t going to win Marquette any games but he isn’t going to lose them any either.
7. Dwight Buycks, 10.50
It might be surprising to see Buycks so low on the list, but his offense has come to a screeching halt and he seems to have lost some of the aggressiveness he showed earlier in the season. Coming into the season, Buycks was expected to start at shooting guard and replace some of the offense lost by the graduations of the Big Three. However, he has failed to light it up offensively, averaging just 8.6 points per game and leads the team with 22 turnovers. As one of Marquette’s quickest players, his defense has been superb on the outside and is one of the main reasons Marquette’s perimeter defense has been one of the best in the conference.
8. David Cubillan, 10.45
9. Jeronne Maymon, 7.14
10. Youssoupha Mbao, 0.32