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Orleans Pelicans, had the largest delta in points per possession of defense in the league from when he was on the court and on the bench. On average, the defense allows 12.7 more points per one hundred possessions when Anthony Davis is on the bench. Some of the lurking variables in this are that there are five players on the floor and certain teams are better than others. I think FiveThirtyEight should have included more variables into its analysis and that Anthony Davis is at a statistical advantage due to his position and division. Anthony Davis is a PF and is accompanied by one of the NBA’s top centers. Thus, the paint (area around the hoop) is well guarded and he has backup. His position is one that typically does not require much movement on defense whereas guards are often all over the court.
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To strictly talk numbers, the pelicans will play teams in their division more than anyone else. Their division (Southwest) averages the least amount of points per game (not counting the Pelicans). This would automatically give Anthony Davis the best chance of “least points per 100 possessions.” An additional factor to consider, how is the competition at his position of power forward. Only one of the top 15 power forwards in points per game is in his division. Additionally, since it considers the FG percentage, only 1 of the top 17 FG percentage PF are in his division and that is number 8.
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