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NBA 2004-05 Roland Ratings!
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While some are content to use conventional stats like points, rebounds, and field goal percentage in assessing player contributions, a better gauge of a player's worth to a specific team might come from looking at the difference in how the team plays with the player on court versus performance with the player off court.

This rating isn't an absolute measure of a player's ability, but it does represent how successful a player is with a given team. In general the player with the best Roland Rating on a team is the difference maker (exclude the guys who play a statistically insignificant number of minutes). When the top guy is on the floor the team performs at a much higher level.

These ratings represent a player's value to a particular team and are not intended to be an accurate gauge of the ability and talent of the player away from the specific team.

Explanation: The on court +/- number repesents the team's net points with the player on the floor per 48 minutes, while the off court number is the team's net with the player off the floor per 48 minutes. The Roland Rating is the difference between the two, with a positive number indicating the team has played better with the player than without.

Roland Ratings leaders for NBA 2004-05

[Minimum: 1000 minutes played]
Rank
Player
Team
On Court +/-
Off Court +/-
Roland Rating
1
 Duncan
SAS
+15.1
-1.4
+16.6
2
 Kidd
NJN
+4.7
-11.3
+16.0
3
 Ginobili
SAS
+14.7
-0.8
+15.5
4
 Nowitzki
DAL
+9.3
-6.0
+15.3
5
 Nash
PHO
+12.4
-2.6
+15.0
6
 Brand
LAC
+2.9
-11.8
+14.7
7
 Marion
PHO
+10.1
-4.4
+14.5
8
 Prince
DET
+6.9
-6.0
+12.8
9
 Marbury
NYK
-0.4
-12.4
+12.0
10
 Hamilton
DET
+7.0
-5.0
+11.9
11
 Haywood
WAS
+5.7
-5.8
+11.5
12
 Kirilenko
UTA
+3.1
-8.2
+11.3
13
 Lewis
SEA
+5.8
-5.4
+11.2
14
 Collins
NJN
+2.5
-8.6
+11.1
15
 Battier
MEM
+6.3
-4.8
+11.1
16
 Barry
HOU
+11.6
+0.6
+11.0
17
 Carter
NJN
+3.3
-7.6
+10.9
18
 Stoudemire
PHO
+10.0
-0.7
+10.7
19
 Arenas
WAS
+1.3
-8.5
+9.9
20
 Radmanovic
SEA
+7.4
-2.3
+9.7
21
 Miller
IND
+5.2
-4.3
+9.6
22
 James
CLE
+2.3
-7.1
+9.4
23
 Foster
IND
+6.3
-3.0
+9.3
24
 Terry
DAL
+9.3
+0.2
+9.2
25
 Allen
SEA
+4.3
-4.7
+9.0
26
 R.Wallace
DET
+6.6
-2.1
+8.7
27
 Cook
LAL
+3.5
-5.3
+8.7
28
 Pierce
BOS
+2.9
-5.2
+8.1
29
 Andersen
NOH
-1.8
-9.9
+8.1
30
 Harrington
CHI
+6.5
-1.4
+7.9
31
 Jamison
WAS
+2.2
-5.3
+7.5
32
 Billups
DET
+5.9
-1.6
+7.4
33
 Johnson
PHO
+8.4
+1.1
+7.3
34
 B.Wallace
DET
+6.1
-0.9
+7.1
35
 Howard
DAL
+8.3
+1.5
+6.9
36
 O'Neal
MIA
+9.1
+2.2
+6.8
37
 Simmons
LAC
+1.2
-5.5
+6.7
38
 Krstic
NJN
+1.9
-4.8
+6.6
39
 Allen
BOS
+5.3
-1.2
+6.5
40
 Hoiberg
MIN
+5.8
-0.7
+6.4
41
 Mutombo
HOU
+8.4
+2.1
+6.4
42
 E.Jones
MIA
+8.4
+2.0
+6.3
43
 Deng
CHI
+4.7
-1.5
+6.2
44
 Jacobsen
NOH
-2.5
-8.6
+6.1
45
 Francis
ORL
-0.9
-6.7
+5.9
46
 Nesterovic
SAS
+11.0
+5.1
+5.9
47
 Miller
MEM
+4.7
-1.0
+5.8
48
 Jackson
IND
+3.9
-1.9
+5.8
49
 Dampier
DAL
+9.2
+3.3
+5.8
50
 Richardson
PHO
+8.7
+3.0
+5.7

Current Raw +/- Leaders:
Duncan +694, Ginobili +672, Nash +662, Marion +660, Stoudemire +602

After trailing Nowitzki almost the entire season, Tim Duncan crept into first place thanks in part to being out with an injury! His value to the Spurs was emphasized in his absence, while Dirk's rating slid back a little, landing him ultimately in fourth place. Duncan also led the league in pure plus/minus with a whopping +694 tally for his time on court. Jason Kidd's high placing is no shock given he was #4 in 2003-04 and #12 in 2002-03. In third place is Duncan's buddy Mr. Ginobili, and Steve Nash rounds out the top five.

We don't usually dwell on the bottom end of player ranking tables, but some players struggling to be positive factors for their respective teams include:

Rank
Player
Team
On Court +/-
Off Court +/-
Roland Rating
234
 Doleac
MIA
+2.1
+8.4
-6.3
235
 Daniels
DAL
+1.5
+8.1
-6.5
236
 Green
PHI
-5.4
+1.1
-6.5
237
 Ridnour
SEA
+0.0
+6.6
-6.6
238
 Dooling
MIA
+1.9
+8.5
-6.6
239
 McDyess
DET
+0.2
+6.8
-6.7
240
 Posey
MEM
-2.5
+4.9
-7.4
241
 Best
NJN
-6.2
+1.3
-7.5
242
 Gill
IND
-5.5
+2.9
-8.4
243
 F.Jones
IND
-3.1
+5.8
-9.0
244
 Brown
SAS
+1.6
+10.6
-9.0
245
 Ross
LAC
-6.2
+3.0
-9.1
246
 Hunter
PHO
+0.0
+9.7
-9.6
247
 Robinson
GSW
-9.1
+0.5
-9.7
248
 Croshere
IND
-4.6
+5.2
-9.8
249
 Harris
DAL
-1.4
+8.8
-10.2
250
 Nocioni
CHI
-4.4
+6.2
-10.6
251
 Buford
NJN
-8.7
+2.1
-10.8
252
 Barbosa
PHO
-2.0
+10.6
-12.6
253
 Henderson
DAL
-6.5
+11.0
-17.6

Henderson couldn't escape the basement in this stat, but since he's a clear backup to some stars, the more interesting cases are Andres Nocioni and Luke Ridnour. The Bulls use a deep rotation with starters often playing fewer minutes than some backups. Nevertheless, Andres isn't a guy we would recommend for 40 minutes a night on that roster!


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