Fancy New Stat Names Nik Stauskas One of the NBA’s Least Valuable Players

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Analytics are usually all about finding out how valuable a player is in certain situations. PointAfter developed a new stat called the Player Value Index to find out who the most valuable players in the league really are. PVI incorporates Player Efficiency Rating (PER), Value Over Replacement Player (VORP), box plus-minus (BPM), win shares and usage rate into finding out who helps their teams the most. But in doing that, you can also see who is least valuable.

And we’re not talking bench scrubs:

the 323 players who qualified for consideration all played at least 41 games. Because when a losing squad reviews its season and wonders what could have been, the finger of blame isn’t pointed at the roster filler who barely got to play. It’s aimed toward the guys who had the chance to prove themselves but couldn’t seize the moment. The 25 players deemed least valuable by PVI ultimately should have seen a hefty portion of their minutes allocated to more efficient contributors.

Now you could argue “more efficient contributors” might not be available on some teams, but that’s not the point here. The point is, according to PVI, Nik Stauskas is the league’s 24th least valuable player.

Player Value Index: 34.3

Vivek Ranadive has overseen an extraordinarily dysfunctional period in Kings history. One of the most glaring instances of this was his borderline insistence on drafting Stauskas, which was gloriously captured in a behind-the-scenes look at Sacramento’s war room. In the linked clip above, Ranadive cited Stauskas telling scouts he once made 91 of 100 three-pointers in practice.

Two years into his NBA career, Stauskas has a career shooting percentage of 37.8% and now plays for the dreadful Philadelphia 76ers. His “Sauce Castillo” nickname is really the best thing he has going for him.

But Stauskas improved at the end of the year, you say. Yeah, that’s why there are 23 regular contributors worse (somehow none are Sixers … well, JaKarr Sampson is #19). At last the #1 LVP isn’t a Sixer, right? Oh, who is it? Bryan Colangelo draft pick Andrea Bargnani. Cool.

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30 Responses

    1. You win the internet for the day!

  1. Remember when Missanelli used to read the stat line for white NBA players? Now that was great sports radio!

    1. I believe it was called “The White Boy Report”, with Vanilla Ices’ “Ice Ice Baby” playing in the background.

  2. Any news on the 2016 version? Is Ava Graham going to be there?!?

  3. Scott Paterno claims that Nik Stauskas is ALLEGEDLY one of the least valuable players.

  4. Pointless to consider.

    Stauskas has been in two bad situations, in both cases having few players on the roster who find an open man. He’s a spot up shooter. Took Klay T a few years to develop a jumper off dribble and that’s with stars surrounding him.

    Now for a site that apparently cares about analytics and klentaks, pretty odd to also be dismissive of a new methodology.

    In the end I think Stauskas can be a very productive player, especially in a league they values 3s.

    1. he could become productive if he ever stops playing so scared. The kid is afraid of his own shadow while on the court, and it really shows when he is shooting free throws that he is weak mentally. I don’t know if this is something a player can get over easily, but it’s plain as day that his tentative attitude is what hurts him. There were times this season when he sorta had a “fuck it” attitude and shot difficult 3’s without a care and that is when he played well.

      He has the talent to stick around in the NBA, but his lack of confidence is what has killed him so far

      1. Maybe he’s ashamed taking a shower with the rest of the team and feels less manly.

      2. I went to Sac Kings game last year and Cousins was verbally abusing him during game. You could hear it clearly. And he was definitely scared. Odd that would carry over on such an atrocious team with nothing to lose.

        Considering he helped carry Michigan to the final game I’m guessing he has the stones.

  5. Heard Ava Graham is coming this year. She’s going to do a strip show for everyone. Can’t wait she’s so hot!

  6. Ava is employed by WIP…so chances of her going to the sausage fest of 97.5 is remote. HOT? are you for real..is this her father again?

  7. Take the day off Jim. So much effort on Twitter, so little effort here. You need a raise my hipster friend with no drive or desire.

    I’m sure Kyle is hard at work on those “great local discounts and giveaways” available to subscribers of this site. Can’t wait to hear all about them!

    Anything on me? Lots of new pics, please visit and let me know how beautiful you think I am!

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