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Mid-Season Big Ten PORPAG Leaders

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Which Big Ten basketball players have performed at the highest level on offense to date?

Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Points Over Replacement Per Adjusted Game (PORPAG):

--Estimates the average number of points a player has produced above "replacement level"--i.e. what the 10th guy on an average team would get you if you had to use him instead--in a typical game.

--Like all basketball statistics, occurs within the context of a team dynamic (particularly true for low-usage guys).

--Tells you absolutely nothing about a player's defensive performance.

This is conference-only data pulled from KenPom.com; minutes percentage of 40% is the qualifying threshold. Replacement level is set at an offensive rating of 88; pace is set at 62. Data from previous conference seasons: 2011201220132014 (just posted as FanPost).

Rank Player School Year OffRtg Poss% Min% PORPAG
1 Frank Kaminsky Wisconsin Sr 133.2 29.9 71.4 5.98
2 D'Angelo Russell Ohio St. Fr 123.7 29.5 89.9 5.87
3 Nigel Hayes Wisconsin So 128.4 22.3 84.6 4.73
4 Sam Dekker Wisconsin Jr 128.6 22.3 77.2 4.33
5 Kevin Yogi Ferrell Indiana Jr 122.9 20.6 91.9 4.10
6 Aaron White Iowa Sr 128.3 22.2 73.8 4.09
7 Rapheal Davis Purdue Jr 121.8 19.1 86.6 3.47
8 D.J. Newbill Penn St. Sr 106.5 32.8 89.6 3.37
9 Travis Trice Michigan St. Sr 113.6 24.5 82.9 3.22
10 Malcolm Hill Illinois So 112.7 23.8 87.9 3.20
11 Bronson Koenig Wisconsin So 140.2 13.5 70.2 3.07
12 Jarrod Uthoff Iowa Jr 114.3 22.6 80.3 2.96
13 Myles Mack Rutgers Sr 107.7 24.3 92.0 2.73
14 Josh Gasser Wisconsin Sr 134.0 11.7 80.3 2.68
15 Andre Hollins Minnesota Sr 109.6 22.6 86.9 2.63
16 Jae'Sean Tate Ohio St. Fr 123.0 23.1 50.4 2.53
17 Denzel Valentine Michigan St. Jr 108.1 27.6 73.2 2.52
18 Bryant McIntosh Northwestern Fr 105.4 25.9 85.2 2.38
19 Jon Octeus Purdue Sr 112.2 19.2 80.3 2.31
20 Gabriel Olaseni Iowa Sr 114.5 26.3 49.4 2.13
21 Branden Dawson Michigan St. Sr 105.8 22.1 82.6 2.01
22 A.J. Hammons Purdue Jr 108.2 24.4 64.9 1.98
23 Jake Layman Maryland Jr 107.9 22.1 70.8 1.93
24 Marc Loving Ohio St. So 109.8 19.4 72.3 1.90
25 James Blackmon Indiana Fr 102.9 26.3 76.1 1.85
26 Troy Williams Indiana So 104.9 25.5 68.9 1.84
27 Kendrick Nunn Illinois So 104.2 21.9 82.7 1.82
28 Aubrey Dawkins Michigan Fr 128.3 14.1 51.3 1.81
29 Melo Trimble Maryland Fr 100.5 25.4 85.1 1.68
30 Tre Demps Northwestern Jr 101.3 24.8 81.8 1.67
31 Shannon Scott Ohio St. Sr 104.4 18.8 81.9 1.57
32 Vince Edwards Purdue Fr 105.7 20.3 69.9 1.56
33 JerShon Cobb Northwestern Sr 113.5 16.7 58.2 1.54
34 Alex Olah Northwestern Jr 102.6 24.0 68.0 1.48
35 Maurice Walker Minnesota Sr 101.2 27.0 66.7 1.47
36 Terran Petteway Nebraska Jr 96.6 31.5 86.4 1.45
37 Bryn Forbes Michigan St. Jr 111.1 13.8 70.5 1.39
38 Collin Hartman Indiana So 117.9 12.4 59.4 1.37
39 Jaylon Tate Illinois So 110.9 15.3 62.2 1.35
40 Nick Zeisloft Indiana Jr 124.4 12.6 44.2 1.26
41 Sam Thompson Ohio St. Sr 101.1 17.9 85.8 1.25
42 Caris LeVert Michigan Jr 102.3 26.9 51.1 1.22
43 Robert Johnson Indiana Fr 105.1 18.3 62.8 1.22
44 Matt Costello Michigan St. Jr 110.4 18.6 46.1 1.19
45 Shep Garner Penn St. Fr 100.9 19.9 71.8 1.14
46 Nate Mason Minnesota Fr 101.9 19.3 66.4 1.10
47 Spike Albrecht Michigan Jr 105.5 15.2 66.7 1.10
48 Adam Woodbury Iowa Jr 106.6 19.0 49.7 1.09
49 Kendall Stephens Purdue So 101.2 21.4 61.1 1.07
50 Geno Thorpe Penn St. So 105.1 18.3 54.5 1.06
51 Jared Nickens Maryland Fr 111.1 16.1 44.9 1.04
52 Ricky Doyle Michigan Fr 111.1 16.2 44.3 1.03
53 Greg Lewis Rutgers Jr 107.7 14.1 58.0 1.00
54 Carlos Morris Minnesota Jr 97.8 24.0 67.4 0.98
55 Joey King Minnesota Jr 101.2 15.0 74.1 0.91
56 Anthony Clemmons Iowa Jr 108.0 15.2 45.6 0.86
57 Mike Gesell Iowa Jr 97.8 22.7 60.3 0.83
58 Sanjay Lumpkin Northwestern So 109.8 10.6 54.5 0.78
59 Richaud Pack Maryland Sr 106.5 11.4 58.6 0.77
60 Gavin Schilling Michigan St. So 102.0 19.8 44.5 0.76
61 Peter Jok Iowa So 98.8 21.5 52.8 0.76
62 Walter Pitchford Nebraska Jr 98.9 13.6 69.2 0.64
63 Dez Wells Maryland Sr 92.4 29.2 73.2 0.58
64 David Rivers Nebraska Sr 104.6 11.0 48.1 0.54
65 Evan Smotrycz Maryland Sr 97.7 17.3 50.3 0.52
66 Amir Williams Ohio St. Sr 102.1 14.9 40.0 0.52
67 Shavon Shields Nebraska Jr 90.8 29.2 90.0 0.46
68 Zak Irvin Michigan So 91.7 22.4 87.5 0.45
69 Brandon Taylor Penn St. Jr 93.2 19.2 57.0 0.35
70 Nnanna Egwu Illinois Sr 92.4 15.1 72.1 0.30
71 Jordan Dickerson Penn St. Jr 100.5 9.2 40.0 0.29
72 Josh Oglesby Iowa Sr 96.4 8.8 55.9 0.26
73 Derrick Walton Michigan So 90.4 22.7 62.9 0.21
74 Ahmad Starks Illinois Sr 89.4 21.4 58.9 0.11
75 Benny Parker Nebraska Jr 89.4 10.0 72.2 0.06
76 Dakota Mathias Purdue Fr 87.3 13.9 46.3 (0.03)
77 Bishop Daniels Rutgers Jr 85.8 24.7 62.0 (0.21)
78 Deandre Mathieu Minnesota Sr 84.6 17.5 76.0 (0.28)
79 Junior Etou Rutgers So 81.9 13.1 68.5 (0.34)
80 Kadeem Jack Rutgers Sr 85.4 28.1 81.0 (0.37)
81 Ross Travis Penn St. Sr 80.2 13.5 60.8 (0.40)
82 Aaron Cosby Illinois Jr 79.1 18.4 46.6 (0.47)
83 Tarin Smith Nebraska Fr 79.6 17.9 51.7 (0.48)
84 Vic Law Northwestern Fr 78.8 18.7 46.2 (0.49)

Observations:

--Be afraid of Wisconsin. Be very, very afraid. Three of the top four players; five of the top 14. If Kaminsky continues this pace through the end of the regular season, he'll have the second highest Big Ten PORPAG number of the last five years behind only Jordan Taylor's astronomical 2011 number (7.37). Oh, and Kaminsky's the only guy grabbing defensive rebounds at a higher rate than Dawson to boot.

--D'Angelo Russell is pretty good, too. Shooting line of 52/44/83 on a healthy shot diet (30.2) and 3rd in the conference in assist rate (all conference-only numbers). Get that man to the association.

--I didn't see Trice and Valentine being this good in the role of offensive playmakers. Both guys have boosted their usage rates by about 8 points vs. last season. That's part of the reason I feel like this team is slightly overachieving (with a dash of good luck in close games of late). Maybe that's just an eye test thing on my part.

--Branden Dawson's been pretty OK of late. Add in the fact he ranks in the top ten in the Big Ten in defensive rebounding percentage, block percentage, and steal percentage (along with effective field goal percentage and offensive rebounding percentage, which are reflected in the numbers above), and you can make a strong case he's an all-conference performer at this point. Or at least the sixth guy after the top five players listed above.

--Michigan's highest ranked player is at #28, yet the team is 6-4 in conference play and still within striking distance of an NCAA berth. Give Mr. Beilein some credit for adjusting on the fly.