Don't be afraid.
We've got sophisticated new NBA statistic to play with. Actually, a few of them. You can read the full introdution here before I give you dumbed down version and pull out the pertinent Pistons info.
Real Plus Minus. Both offensively and defensively which calculates the overall RPM. That provides us with a WAR stat which in meaning is similar to what we've come to be familiar with in MLB.
RPM is able to extract and isolate individual player performances rather than the each player's sweeping +/- you see in box scores.
Got it? Let's take a look at the Pistons who've most frequently been in the team's rotation.
But first, some reference points.
With an RPM of 8.11, from an ORPM of 8.32 + DRPM of -0.21, Lebron James leads the NBA.
Lebron's ORPM leads the league.
Because he's played more games than Larry Sanders and Kevin Garnett, we'll say that Tim Duncan is the league leader in DRPM at 5.20.
WAR: 87th (last PG) -3.26
RPM: 79th -4.40
WAR: 84th -1.56
RPM: 82nd -4.69
WAR: 33rd (of 91 SGs) 1.10
RPM: 37th -1.16
WAR: 49th 0.31
RPM: 59th -2.07
WAR: 8th (of 82 SFs) 7.41
RPM: 13th 2.04
WAR: 27th 2.24
RPM: 34th -0.64
WAR: 12th (of 89 PFs) 6.93
RPM: 17th 2.13
WAR: 20th (of 81 Cs) 3.01
RPM: 36th -0.33
The takeaway should be what we've seen all year, and what Joe Dumars should've expected. He did not, so it'll cost him his job.
Jennings is an inefficient player at best, and based on these statistics, the 6th worst player in the NBA (I concur!). After last season, I was able to digest trying to cram a talented player like Josh Smith into a mammoth front line, but this experiment became an explosive toxic chemical concoction thanks to the head scratching addition of Jennings, who was not the facilitating point guard to run an offense that was going to struggle with spacing, and very little reliable shooting.
As my eyes have told me, when he's been given a chance to play, KCP has exhibited a unique skill. He can defend at a high level. His 0.83 DRPM is 8th among all shooting guards. Give it time, and hopefully better coaching and KCP could morph into something similar to Andre Iguodala. Iguodala, famed for his defense, gets exception grades from these new numbers. 8th overall WAR in the league, powered by a 4.92 DRPM.
Ugh. Because when we reference KCP, especially in a positive way, there's practically a Constitutional amendment requiring a Trey Burke comp, here it is: Burke comes in as the 42nd PG with a WAR of 0.82. That's anchored to the ocean floor, as I expected, due to my guess, his size, by a DRPM of -3.05.
Did I mention how awful Brandon Jennings is?
Examine the entire list at ESPN.com here.