Doc Brown wrote:Since when did PER become relevant?
Henry has a 9.7 PER and he's been arguably one of our best players.
Blake has a 9.9 PER and he's been arguably one of our worst players.
It's always been relevant. There is a LOT about why Blake has a higher PER than Henry (mainly shooting percentage) Henry is not exactly playing like an MVP, but his youth, energy and athleticism are causing openings for others, which (unless he gets the assists himself) won't alter his PER.
Blake, on the other hand, isn't really even giving the value (and I use that term VERY loosely) that his PER suggests most of the time, because most of his shots (which count the same in the equation regardless of how they affect mood and momentum) are missing in the biggest moments of the game.
Stats are a good way to prop up something that is already evident...they aren't a hard and fast way to make decisions about people...in the case of Henry, his PER isn't really representative of his value to this team...in the case of the Steves, their PER is accurately reflecting their lack of value in games thus far this season...and Gasol has been the ONLY consistently reliable go to option for us...though I would also like to see Hill and Kaman get at least 10 more minutes per game apiece as well, so it just depends on a person's perspective I guess...
The End is nigh. Time for a total Cut and Shuffle. Kobe contract was a mistake...time to avoid making more. The future is here, whether we want it to be or not. An era is over, but for the death rattle, and it's time for the cycle to begin anew. Growth and change are scary and painful, but alas...nothing worth achieving comes easily.