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Remembering 2005-06

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Here, ladies and gentlemen, is the latest season retrospective you'll ever find.

Back in May, I meant to look back on each Kings' season. I completed a whopping two players (Mike Bibby and Brad Miller). I just came across the game-by-game performance graphs I made in May, and thought I should post them, even if I don't fully review each player.

The vertical bars on the following graphs show Game Scores for each individual game of the season. The red line depicts the five-game average for the Game Scores, acting as a sort of trendline for the player's performance. Game Scores should be thought of as a measure of game-by-game PER - with PER being John Hollinger's Player Efficiency Rating. More info on Game Scores should be found at, where Jason Gurney has done a bit of work with extreme Game Scores.

With little further ado, the graphs, starting with the guards.

DNPs don't show up on there, so you'll notice that Bonzi only has about 40 observations in his graph due to injury. Garcia and Hart are in similar situations. Game Scores are dependent on minutes, so that's why you see so many bad games for Garcia - a lot of those performances came in only a few minutes of play.

Now, for the forwards:

Two things stand out at me from looking at these:

  1. Ron Artest had four games better than Peja's best 2005-06 Sacramento performance. Four. And Game Scores don't address defense more than a cursory inclusion of steals and blocks.
  2. Look at Thomas on the bench (the beginning) versus Abdur-Rahim on the bench (the second half). Abdur-Rahim was much better off the bench than Thomas. Now look at Thomas as a starter (his second half graph) versus Abdur-Rahim as a starter (his first half). Abdur-Rahim was a better starter. I might try to break this out a little further in the coming days - there's just no question who is the better basketball player.
Finally, the centers:

Well, okay, center. Singular. I think I didn't mock one up for Brian Skinner because he really didn't play much and a graph wasn't going to tell us anything. Anyways, yeah. Brad Miller was consistently inconsistent. Solid for eight games, horrible for a game. Solid for eight games, and horrible for a game. I wonder if this is something that's been going on his entire career - it's something to look into.

Anyways, there's that. See anything else interesting in these graphs?