Michael Lewis Doesn’t Play Fantasy Basketball

16 02 2009

In the New York Times, Michael Lewis writes a feature on Shane Battier, the “no-stats all-star”, describing how Battier manages to help his teams win without racking up conventional statistics.  If Lewis had played fantasy hoops, he might have written the column three years ago, having noted that Battier does indeed acrue some stats.  Battier’s career averages are 44.7 FG%, 74.9 FT%, 10.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.2 treys, 1.2 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.1 turnovers and his yearly average don’t wander too far.  Those stats make for a highly playable fantasy starter, and Battier’s had top 50 value a number of seasons.

I agree with Lewis’s criticism that basketball stats miss a lot–I think the big three of points, rebounds and assists are particularly suspect–but in the case of Battier, the stats are there.

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