Killing their Team

Arturo Galletti is the Co-editor and Director of Analytics for the Wages of Wins Network. He is an Electrical Engineer with General Electric in the lovely isle of Puerto Rico, where he keeps his production lines running by day and night (and weekends) and works on sport analysis with his free time.

“Ever notice that ‘what the hell’ is always the right decision?”-Marylin Monroe

My fellow editor Dre wrote a lovely little trivia post today, where he asked:

Since 1978 only 8 players have managed to “earn” -15.0 Wins Produced or fewer and play 10,000 minutes or more. Can you name them?

Adam, you wanna take this one?

I had a great deal of fun thinking about the question but I refrained from answering it (because really that would be cheating). It did however distract me from a series I’ve been working on long enough to produce some very cool infographics.

What the question actually inspired for me was to think of the bizarro version of an old post from my own blog. That post focused on the Wins Produced All-NBA Teams by Year for every year since 1978. The rules were simple, the Wins Produced All NBA Teams is composed of the best player at each position for each season based on ADJP48 (who played more than 2000 minutes for that season). It produced an awesome visualization

(Editor Dre’s Note: Follow the link down the Rabbit Hole to see the cool visualization)

It looked great and I proceeded to have some great fun with it.

Dre’s post inspired a similar brainstorm but in reverse. Doing the worst seasons is easy. (Editor Dre’s Note: Thanks for calling my trivia easy Arturo!)

Table 1: Worst 25 Player Seasons (1978-2011)

The Worst Seasons
Rank Name Year Pos MP WP48 WP
1 Adam Morrison 2007 PF 2326 -0.190 -9.2
2 Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf 1991 PG 1505 -0.251 -7.9
3 Clifford Robinson 2004 PF 2846 -0.129 -6.8
4 Dennis Scott 1991 PF 2336 -0.140 -6.7
5 Jeff Turner 1992 PF 1591 -0.201 -6.6
6 Rex Chapman 1989 SG 2219 -0.143 -6.6
7 John Amaechi 2001 C 1710 -0.185 -6.3
8 Jason Collins 2007 C 1844 -0.164 -6.3
9 Clifford Robinson 1990 C 1565 -0.193 -6.1
10 James Worthy 1994 PF 1597 -0.182 -6.0
11 Andrea Bargnani 2011 C 2353 -0.123 -5.6
12 Brad Sellers 1988 C 2212 -0.122 -5.6
13 Nikoloz Tskitishvili 2003 PF 1320 -0.203 -5.5
14 Charlie Scott 1980 SG 1860 -0.141 -5.4
15 Robert Reid 1989 SF 2152 -0.121 -5.2
16 Allan Houston 1994 SG 1519 -0.164 -5.1
17 Pete Maravich 1979 SG 1824 -0.135 -5.1
18 James Edwards 1992 C 1437 -0.170 -5.1
19 Lamond Murray 1995 PF 2556 -0.094 -5.0
20 Antoine Carr 1996 C 1532 -0.156 -5.0
21 Willie Green 2007 SG 1842 -0.126 -4.8
22 Orlando Woolridge 1992 PF 2113 -0.109 -4.8
23 Jeff Turner 1985 PF 1429 -0.161 -4.8
24 Mark Macon 1992 SG 2304 -0.099 -4.8
25 Jamal Mashburn 1994 SF 2896 -0.079 -4.8

Taking it a little further though is the key. What if we ranked the Anti Wins Produced All-NBA Team? The rules again are fairly simple. Grab the worst player by position using Wins Produced as the standard, with the caveat that the player must play at least >1200 minutes for the season in question. I then added a dollop of craziness and trickeration and stirred well. Interested?

Nothing interesting here

I did however promise infographs right? Here it comes:

(Click to enlarge.)

If I tabulate the results of this exercise we get 134 names  with 31 repeat offenders.The list includes some surprising names. Stars like Kevin Durant and James Worthy make cameos either early or late in their respective careers.

However, this shouldn’t surprise longtime readers of this space as they are very familiar with the idea that too young or too old means less productive.

Been meaning to work this one in somehow.

As for those repeat offenders?

Table 2: Players with Multiple Appearances on All-Terrible Teams (1978-Present)

Player Apperances
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf 4
Maurice Taylor 3
Ron Mercer 3
Sebastian Telfair 3
Mark Blount 2
Charlie Scott 2
Robert Reid 2
Clifford Robinson 2
Kevin Duckworth 2
David Wesley 2
Nick Young 2
Desmond Mason 2
Rod Higgins 2
Jamal Mashburn 2
Johnny Newman 2
James Edwards 2
Calvin Murphy 2
James Robinson 2
Campy Russell 2
Jason Kapono 2
Rex Chapman 2
Jay Vincent 2
Rod Foster 2
Antoine Carr 2
Ron Boone 2
Terry Teagle 2
John Williamson 2
Jeff Turner 2
Tim Thomas 2
Joe Bryant 2
John Amaechi 2

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf crowns himself the king of the Team Killers although Nick Young lurks in the weeds to possibly take his crown.

It's like matter and antimatter colliding on a basketball court!

If you’re nice, I just might do the team version of this tomorrow.

-Arturo

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