Rashard Lewis and Dwight Howard: Defending the Pharaoh, Waiting for Superman

November 5th, 2010 by Reservoir God Leave a reply »
In a comment on his blog, Andres Alvarez (developer of the Wins Produced Viewer) essentially blamed the Pharaoh, Rashard Lewis, for Dwight Howard's failure to win a championship already.  Here's what Dre said:

"Poor Dwight, sub out Lewis for an average player and Orlando should have at least won one championship."

I found this comment surprising since Dre's own Wins Produced Viewer shows that Rashard's production was above average (0.130 WP48) for the 2009 playoff run when the Orlando Magic came closer than they ever had to winning an NBA championship in Howard's career.   I decided to investigate further by taking a look at Rashard Lewis' production in the NBA Finals against the LA Lakers.  Was he really the reason the Magic lost 4-1 to the Lakers?

This article will use Win Score and Estimated Wins Produced, statistical models created by Professor David Berri from the Wages of Wins Journal, to measure how much a player's box score statistics contributed to their team's performance.

An average player produces an estimated 0.100 wins per 48 minutes (EWP48), a star player produces 0.200+ EWP48 and a superstar produces 0.3 ...

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