[I'm not all dead yet.]
First, The Real Awards: Kalin Lucas made the second team in both sets of voting; Draymond Green made the third team on both lists. Entirely reasonable placements for both. The first team guys (Taylor, Moore, Leuer, Johnson, Sullinger for the coaches; Battle instead of Leuer for the media) were too darn tough to unseat for Lucas.
Delvon Roe made the all-defensive team, which is a very nice honor for him--and thoroughly deserved, given the way he defended some of the best scorers in the league, both on the perimeter and in the post.
No major quibbles with the picks overall, although I preferred Dylan's version. Jeff Brooks probably got the biggest snub--failing to get above "honorable mention" level despite a sterling statistical profile playing for a team no one thought would get anywhere near contending for an NCAA bid (and dealing with a midseason injury to boot). The numbers would have compelled me to vote for Jordan Taylor as Player of the Year (keep reading), but you can't really argue with the JaJuan Johnson selection.
Now, The Awkwardly-Acronymed Numbers: Read all about PORPAG here, here, here, and here. Numbers are after the jump. They're based on conference-only data and are calculated based on the traditional PORPAG parameters of 88 (replacement-level offensive rating) and 62 (pace).
|Talor Battle||Penn State||Sr||115.5||28.2||97.2||4.68|
|Jon Diebler||Ohio State||Sr||146.9||12.6||94.3||4.34|
|Jared Sullinger||Ohio State||Fr||117.0||26.7||84.6||4.05|
|William Buford||Ohio State||Jr||123.6||21.4||84.3||3.98|
|Jeff Brooks||Penn State||Sr||122.7||21.2||82.2||3.76|
|Kalin Lucas||Michigan State||Sr||107.7||28.3||87.4||3.01|
|Tim Hardaway Jr||Michigan||Fr||111.9||24.9||79.3||2.92|
|David Lighty||Ohio State||Sr||110.1||21.4||84.4||2.46|
|Draymond Green||Michigan State||Jr||106.0||25.6||78.0||2.23|
|David Jackson||Penn State||Sr||113.0||17.0||83.9||2.21|
|Aaron Craft||Ohio State||Fr||104.6||19.0||78.3||1.53|
|Delvon Roe||Michigan State||Jr||116.5||14.5||59.6||1.53|
|Verdell Jones III||Indiana||Jr||100.8||26.8||62.9||1.34|
|Ralph Sampson III||Minnesota||Jr||102.8||18.4||78.2||1.32|
|Tim Frazier||Penn State||So||101.6||18.1||80.6||1.23|
|Andrew Jones||Penn State||Sr||103.7||13.7||73.3||0.98|
|Keith Appling||Michigan State||Fr||98.0||13.9||65.1||0.56|
|Durrell Summers||Michigan State||Sr||92.7||20.1||70.8||0.41|
|Roy Devyn Marble||Iowa||Fr||79.7||21.1||50.8||(0.55)|
- This was definitely the year of the offense. Last season, there were four players with conference-only PORPAG above 3.50. This season, there were ten. (Note that all ten came from just four teams, though.) Last year's Evan Turner would be 10th on the list above.
- Despite that, Jordan Taylor was still a full head (or three) above the field. Just an insane performance in Big Ten play. Great scoring numbers (46.7% on threes, 43.8% FTR) and mathematically-impossible ball-handing figures (31.6 assist% vs. 7.3 TO%).
- Seems like there's a larger number of high-efficiency/low-usage players this season, led by Jon Diebler. Even tougher to separate individual achievement from team performance/dynamics for those guys.
- Could Jordan Taylor please seriously explore declaring for the NBA draft? If he, Jared Sullinger, and William Buford all went pro, none of the top 12 players on the list would be back next year.
- In that scenario, a .500 team returning three starters and adding a raft of talented perimeter players to replace the two graduating starters looks fairly competitive.
- Of course, our friends in Ann Arbor would look even more competitive, with two of the top
fourthree and four of the top fifteen players remaining on the list.
- As for this season's MSU numbers, they really couldn't be any more dismal--outside of Lucas pushing back toward the top ten after still looking well below 100% when conference play started. Only three guys above even the 1.00 mark. And only five guys on the list at all (StatSheet has a 40% minute% cutoff). Add it all up and you get a team tied for second-to-last in offensive efficiency in Big Ten play. (On the positive, or at least less negative, side: Fourth in defensive efficiency--albeit well behind the top three.)
- How about figuring out how to make those three Hawkeye players at the bottom of the list take as many shots as possible Thursday evening?