NBA Team Needs

Chicago Bulls

The idea is let's line up the guy on your team by each position and compare them to the rest of the league. Specifically the top player at each position as well as the 15th best starter, the 30th best starter, etc.

Wait but 'best player' how? Based on what?

This is built on top of ESPN's Real Plus Minus. An interesting stat that is meant to gauge the effectiveness of a player.

ESPN Logo Real Plus Minus (RPM): Player's estimated on-court impact on team performance, measured in net point differential per 100 offensive and defensive possessions. RPM takes into account teammates, opponents and additional factors

So what do I do now that I studied this geeked out report?
Create My Own 2018 Mock Draft

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Roster Positional Perspective

  • Strength - The team's top guy is one of the top 15 in the league.
  • Solid - The team's top guy is a viable starter, is in the top 30.
  • Concern - The team's top guy is not in the top 30 and so would be on the bench on most other teams.
  • Weakness - The team's top guy is below the overall median player for this position. Bench player at best.

Small Forward:

Denzel Valentine: -0.70 Rank:36
David Nwaba: -2.61 Rank:82

For Comparison:

The Top: Otto Porter Jr. 5.20
Tops: PJ Tucker 0.92
Last Starter: Paul Zipser 0.00
Baseline: Darius Miller -0.76


Robin Lopez: -2.17 Rank:71

For Comparison:

The Top: Nikola Jokic 5.65
Tops: Jusuf Nurkic 1.84
Last Starter: Jakob Poeltl 0.64
Baseline: Cristiano Felicio 0.00

Power Forward:

Bobby Portis: -0.19 Rank:39
Noah Vonleh: -2.21 Rank:82
Lauri Markkanen: -2.60 Rank:89

For Comparison:

The Top: Anthony Davis 5.18
Tops: Nikola Mirotic 1.62
Last Starter: Brandan Wright 0.50
Baseline: Eric Moreland -0.44

Shooting Guard:

Justin Holiday: 0.80 Rank:17

For Comparison:

The Top: Jimmy Butler 5.94
Tops: Jeremy Lamb 1.09
Last Starter: Antonio Blakeney 0.00
Baseline: Devin Booker -0.79

Point Guard:

Jerian Grant: 0.07 Rank:27
Kris Dunn: -0.99 Rank:50
Cameron Payne: -1.60 Rank:62
Ryan Arcidiacono: -1.86 Rank:71

For Comparison:

The Top: Chris Paul 6.88
Tops: Delon Wright 2.10
Last Starter: Dennis Smith Jr. 0.00
Baseline: George Hill -0.42

Roster Draft Perspective

What's the draft perspective part about then?

The draft perspective part is meant to give context. Yes this is how the players are performing today but if it's a developing rookie in the upswing, or an aging superstar on the downswing it may play into how the team drafts. The Draft Perspective tries to give that context.

Small Forward


2016 pick 78 by CHI - Paul Zipser Age: 24


Denzel Valentine Age: 0
David Nwaba Age: 0




Robin Lopez Age: 0
Cristiano Felicio Age: 25

Power Forward



Bobby Portis Age: 0
Noah Vonleh Age: 0
Lauri Markkanen Age: 0

Shooting Guard



Justin Holiday Age: 0
Antonio Blakeney Age: 21
Jarell Eddie Age: 26
Sean Kilpatrick Age: 28

Point Guard


2014 pick 13 by MIN - Zach LaVine Age: 23


Jerian Grant Age: 0
Kris Dunn Age: 0
Cameron Payne Age: 0
Ryan Arcidiacono Age: 0



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