Who Would You Take, Baron Davis or Joe Smith?

That’s an easy one: B-Diddy. But take a look at their lines from last night and tell me which one you think was better:

FG FT 3pt Reb Ast Stl Blk Pts
Joe Smith 4/9 4/4 0 8 1 2 1 12
Baron Davis 10/25 8/13 1 7 7 2 1 29

If you’re sensing that this is a trick question, you’re right. Actually, their performances are close to equal in value, but believe it or not, Joe Smith‘s is better. I noticed this comparison because their lines were consecutive on last night’s top games list, which made the contrast easy to spot.

As you can probably guess, the biggest reason Baron’s game isn’t worth more is his poor percentages (and high volume of shots), despite the fact that he absolutely stuffed the rest of the line. For a good example of a stat-stuffer with good percentages, see last night’s #1 performer, Ron Artest.

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