Now that we are close to 15 games into the season, we have a fair assessment of where teams are at and just as important, where players are at for the 2012-13 season.
A majority of the time, what you have right now is what you are going to get for the remainder of the season out of most players.
With that being said, it’s a good time to take a look at how offseason acquisitions have impacted the team an through 14 games for the New York Knicks, you have to give general manager Glen Grunwald some credit as a few of his moves have impacted the team in a big way, most notably Jason Kidd and Rasheed Wallace.
I have always been a fan of more advanced stats to measure a player’s true impact to a team, which is why I am turning to John Hollinger’s PER, which comes as close as anything to measure a player’s all-around contribution to a team.
As you can see in the list below, both Kidd and Wallace rank among the Top 15 players to change team in the offseason in terms of PER.
Carl Landry (Warriors): 22.8
Goran Dragic (Suns): 22.6
Kyle Lowry (Raptors): 21.8
Jason Kidd (Knicks): 21.4
Andray Blatche (Nets): 21.4
James Harden (Rockets): 20.9
Dwight Howard (Lakers): 20.8
Louis Williams (Hawks): 20.4
Ryan Anderson (Hornets): 20.2
Ray Allen (Heat): 19.5
Jermaine O’Neal (Suns): 19.4
Jamal Crawford (Clippers): 19.0
O.J. Mayo (Mavericks): 18.6
Andrei Kirilenko (Timberwolves): 18.4
Rasheed Wallace (Knicks): 17.5
Kidd’s impact has especially been felt in a big way, as the fourth most productive player to change teams, having a greater impact on the Knicks than even guys like Harden, Howard, Anderson and others. Then there’s Wallace, who has earned a spot as the first big man of Mike Woodson’s bench. Considering he plays just slightly over 15 minutes per game, ‘Sheed’s PER speaks for exactly what he has brought to the team.
In comparison to other Knicks newcomers, Kidd and Wallace stick out the most, but the other guys have put up decent PER numbers, including: Ronnie Brewer (13.5), Chris Copeland (15.5), and Pablo Prigioni (11.6).
However not all new additions are producing good efficiency ratings as Kurt Thomas (7.3) and Marcus Camby (1.5) aren’t having much of an impact on the Knicks’ success, mostly due to the lack of playing time.
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