Posted by: Kingsguru21 | September 8, 2011

Looking at some historical numbers: Centers

Onto the Centers of the Kings universe. I think the obvious names will appear in some categories, and maybe not as many obvious one’s in others. Note: This is being done by B-Ref’s break of positions and not necessarily mine.

As always this will be broken down by a 1000 minutes to get a fair swath of which players did what. The 2 lists are here.

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TS% ORtg DRtg USG% TOV% DRB% WinShare
# 1 Mikki Moore (61.7%%) Brad Miller (125) Scot Pollard (97) LaSalle Thompson (23.6%) Olden Polynice (8.8%) Samuel Dalembert (26.9%) Brad Miller (10)
# 2 Brad Miller (59.6%) Scot Pollard (122) vlade Divac (97) Olden Polynice (21.1%) Brad Miller (10%) LaSalle Thompson (25.2%) Brad Miller (9.1)
# 3 Scot Pollard (59%) Scot Pollard (120) Vlade Divac (97) LaSalle Thompson (20.4%) Bill Wennington (10.1%) LaSalle Thompson (24.5%) Brad Miller (8.6)
# 4 Scot Pollard (58.4%) Brad Miller (118) Scot Pollard (98) Spencer Hawes (20.2%) Joe Kleine (12.2%) Olden Polynice (24.1%) Vlade Divac (7.4)
# 5 Brad Miller (57.9%) Mikki Moore (116) Vlade Divac (98) Vlade Divac (20.1%) Olden Polynice (12.3%) Brad Miller (23.7%) Vlade Divac (7.3)
# 6 Brad Miller (57.6%) Olden Polynice (114) Scot Pollard (99) Spencer Hawes (19.6%) Olden Polynice (12.3%) LaSalle Thompson (23.3%) Vlade Divac (7.2)
# 7 Duane Causwell (57.5%) Brad Miller (114) Vlade Divac (99) Vlade Divac (19.4%) Scot Pollard (12.4%) Brad Miller (23.3%) Vlade Divac (7)
# 8 Peja Stojakovic (57.5%) Olden Polynice (113) Vlade Divac (101) Olden Polynice (19.3%) Olden Polynice (12.7%) LaSalle Thompson (22.9%) Scot Pollard (6.8)
# 9 Olden Polynice (56.5%) Olden Polynice (113) Michael Stewart (101) Vlade Divac (19.3%) Duane Causwell (12.8%) Brad Miller (22.7%) Olden Polynice (6.7)
# 10 Brad Miller (56.2%) Brad Miller (112) Brad Miller (102) Brad Miller (18.9%) Joe Kleine (13%) Michael Stewart (21.9%) Brad Miller (6.5)

Now that we have a table for some advanced stats, I thought I’d go through some more basic stats to put some of this stuff in perspective. With regards to Cousins, he’s often listed as a PF even though I personally disagree with that. Here’s a list that puts his rookie season in context overall with regards to his DRB%.

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PTS AST BLK PF FGA / FG% FTA / FT% MP / Games
Number 1 Brad Miller (1182) Vlade Divac (432) Daune Causwell (215) Mikki Moore (310) Olden Polynice (967 / 45.7%) Vlade Divac (350 / 69.1%) Brad Miller (2923 / 79)
Number 2 Olden Polynice (1025) Brad Miller (374) Michael Stewart (195) Olden Polynice (298) Brad Miller (877 / 49.5%) Vlade Divac (340 / 61.5%) Olden Polynice (2893 / 82)
Number 3 LaSalle Thompson (1024) Brad Miller (312) Duane Causwell (148) LaSalle Thompson (295) Olden Polynice (818 / 52.7%) Brad Miller (338 / 82.8%) Brad Miller (2621 / 72)
Number 4 Brad Miller (1014) Vlade Divac (297) LaSalle Thompson (126) LaSalle Thompson (290) Spencer Hawes (800 / 46.6%) Vlade Divac (333 / 69.1%) Olden Polynice (2534 / 81)
Number 5 Vlade Divac (1005) Walt Williams (274) Samuel Dalembert (116) Duane Causwell (281) LaSalle Thompson (794 / 51.8%) Brad Miller (329 / 77.8%) Brad Miller (2513 / 72)
Number 6 Olden Polynice (985) Brad Miller (264) LaSalle Thompson (109) Vlade Divac (251) Vlade Divac (764 / 50.3%) Brad Miller (309 / 46.3%) Olden Polynice (2441 / 81)
Number 7 vlade Divac (974) Vlade Divac (244) Vlade Divac (105) Michael Stewart (251) Vlade Divac (755 / 48.2%) Brad Miller (287 / 81.2%) Vlade Divac (2420 / 80)
Number 8 Brad Miller (964) Vlade Divac (231) Vlade Divac (103) Olden Polynice (250) LaSalle Thompson (752 / 48.1%) LaSalle Thompson (276 / 73.2%) Vlade Divac (2420 / 81)
Number 9 LaSalle Thompson (912) Brad Miller (224) Scot Pollard (97) Spencer Hawes (249) Brad Miller (731 / 51%) Vlade Divac (260 / 65.4%) Mikki Moore (2385 / 82)
Number 10 Vlade Divac (888) Brad Miller (220) Vlade Divac (94) Brad Miller (247) Brad Miller (726 / 46.3%) Vlade Divac (255 / 70.2%) Vlade Divac (2384 / 80)

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Now some bullet point thoughts:

* If it isn’t obvious that Vlade Divac, Brad Miller and LaSalle Thompson are the 3 best Centers of the Sacramento era (in that order), it should be. I’d probably finish the list out with Olden Polynice at 4 and Scot Pollard at 5. I suspect that for many franchises it would be a similar list. In the history of the franchise, I doubt Thompson makes a top 5 list, but Miller and Divac are probably there. (In fact, other than Sam Lacey, I’d have to find out who in the Cincinnati/Rochester era’s would be up there. This is a list I’d start with, and maybe I’d take Connie Dierking over Thompson. I might take Wayne Embry over Thompson too, but, again, he’s still pretty high at probably no worse than 6 on the all-time franchise list.)

* Miller and Divac are the only C’s in the B-Ref database to tally 200+ assists in a single season. In fact, there are only 21 seasons by a Center in franchise history (in the B-Ref database) with 200+ assists. Of those 21 seasons, Divac, Miller and Lacey make up 19 of them (Lacey has 8, Divac has 6 and Miller 5).

* If Sam Dalembert sticks around for the duration, he might end up having more boards in the Sacramento era than anyone. If DeMarcus Cousins sticks around and keeps his head on straight, he might set the franchise record for total rebounds that Sam Lacey currently holds. (There is a reason Lacey is up in the rafters.)

* Last but not least, I think it’s obvious that Centers in terms of the Kings have been more important defensively than offensively. Finding players that can effect both ends is obviously a challenge, and one that will always be an issue for any team moving forward.

I’m still debating if I want to do the best 25 individual seasons in team history. Let me know which way you lean (assuming you care). If there is a criteria you would like to see used, I’ll consider your recommendations.

Hope you enjoyed this bit of history.

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