Okay, here it comes.
Per Bleacher Report’s Adam Fromal:
James Harden has 14.6 win shares. Stephen Curry has 14.2. Meanwhile, the New York Knicks have 14 wins.
— Adam Fromal (@fromal09) March 30, 2015
Holy. Freaking. Shit.
Entering Monday night, the Knicks are a very Knicks-ian 14-60. James Harden and Stephen Curry are the league’s top-two win-share accumulators; they each have more than 14. That’s what this is saying.
Win shares are by no means a perfect metric, but at their core, they measure how many team wins a player represents. Here it is straight from Basketball-Reference: An estimate of the number of wins contributed by a player.
This means Curry represents 14.2 of the Golden State Warriors’ 60 victories, while Harden accounts for 14.6 of the Houston Rockets’ 50 wins. And yet, here are the Knicks, with 14 total wins, being out-performed not just by teams, but individual players. Yuck.
Here’s one last crazy stat to munch one.
Unlike the Rockets’ Big Three of Dwight Howard, Trevor Ariza and James Harden, the Warriors’ terrific troika of Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Curry has been healthy for most of this season.
Together, those three have contributed 30.6 victories.
The Minneota Timberwolves and Knicks have 30 victories.
Holy. Freaking. Shit. Again.
Take this for what it is, folks: A sign of how much Curry and Harden mean to their teams, a reminder of how terribly terrible the Knicks (and Timberwolves) are, and a newfangled way of proving this version of the Warriors is forever unfair.