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DeAndre Liggins

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DeAndre Liggins is best at defense. Its his offense that keeps him out of the NBA.

He played mostly garbage time and his stats are too small of a sample size. But he has good reason for being compared to Tony Allen. (especially after his 2012 Summer League lockdown of MarShon Brooks). And this is my analysis of his stats. Keep in mind the sample size is small.

These are his basic statistics.

Liggins vs. Tony Allen

Liggins vs. Tony Allen

For the above data, his TS% is low because of his low FT%.

Liggins vs. Tony Allen

These shot charts are both from 2011-12. By the way its no coincidence that Liggins didn't shoot "corner 3s". The Stan Van Gundy system encouraged Dwight Howard passing to a shooter for an "above the break 3" instead of to the corner.

But I looked at his raw statistics even further. I first defined "garbage time lineup".

Liggins vs. Tony Allen

And this is what filtered out. These are Liggins’s "true NBA minutes":

Liggins vs. Tony Allen

So, I constructed a box plot of the data to determine if there were any outliers.

Liggins vs. Tony Allen

There were clearly outliers that were skewing the data. For the record, there are a couple ways to define outliers.
1st method: +/- 1.5 * Interquartile range
…… Outliers fell out of the range of (-190,132)
2nd method: Single standard deviation method…… Outliers fell out of the range of (-135,47)

I did the same for pace measurement. Made a box plot etc. Found the outliers.
1st method: +/- 1.5 * Interquartile range
…… Outliers fell out of the range of (65,111)
2nd method: Single standard deviation method…… Outliers fell out of the range of (72,100)

Obviously "standard deviation method" is far more accurate than the "IQR method" for various reasons. To see why. see a standard statistics textbooks. But I thought it would be interesting to see both.

So the final data set of DeAndre Liggins playtime without garbage time, without outliers looked like this:

Liggins vs. Tony Allen

Final conclusions:
The total effect DeAndre Liggins has on a team is positive.
Interestingly, the Magic in 2011-12 scored 94.2 points and allowed 92.5 points. That’s +1.7. In other words, the Magic would have improved if Liggins got more minutes.

The game would be really slow.
The Magic are already 29th in the league with a pace of 89.0. (Which makes sense because the Magic starting lineup was defensive-oriented.) Suppose that DeAndre Liggins played with his average productivity for 48 minutes….. the pace of the game would be incredibly slower. (Which makes sense, because Liggins loves defense.)

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