Here is a blog from Clip Nation that I found very interesting. This is good to hear among all the bad news this off-season. It was written on the 16th but hey, good news is good news...right?
By John R
Posted on Thu Aug 16, 2007 at 05:17:37 PM PDT
As a corollary to the Maggette-festo, some have chosen to place thier hatred on Quinton Ross. I can't say that I understand this, but I will say that I do understand that some are still failing to look at the situation with cold, rational eyes and are still seeing the situation through the eyes of a fan. I can't fault a person for that; not everyone has my gift of lacking feelings. One thing that comes up again and again is that MDSr. has been wrong about Ross' abilities, specificially in comparison to Bruce Bowen as part of an implied dream of making the Clippers more Spurs like.
So let's do the rational thing and compare their seasons head to head.
Bowen plays more minutes than Q, so per game and per season totals aren't really interesting, at least to thinking folk. Let's focus on the per48 numbers and PER.
Quinton Ross is better than Bruce Bowen in the following per48 minute or non-time dependent stats: FG%, FT%, ORB, TRB, STL, BLK, TO, PTS and PER.
Bruce Bowen is better than Quinton Ross in the following per48 minute or non-time dependent stats: 3P%, PF.
The following categories are functional ties: TS%, DRB, AST.
I've bolded TS% because this is important to the discussion that Bowen has a better 3P%. This is clearly undeniable. He takes alot more 3's and he makes them at a better clip. But here is how TS% is calculated: PTS / (2*(FGA + (0.44*FTA)). TS% attempts to take into account your 3P%, your 2P%, and your FT% and (along with AST and TO) tells us what happens when you get the ball.
Here's what happens: They get a similar number of assists, they score a similar number of points when they look to score (despite obviously very different O games), and Q turns it over less. Given that MDSr. is often credited with inventing the idea of eFG%, I'm sure these advanced stats are not lost on him. Q also gets you more steals, blocks and rebounds by hitting the offensive glass.
The only conclusion a rational person can come to is that Dunleavy isn't wrong about Q, he's more than right. Comparing apples to apples, last season Q was at worst exactly the same as Bowen, if not moderately better.