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Quality of Teammates Revisited

Posted by Neil Paine on October 9, 2009

Last November, we used Win Shares to look back at the players who took the floor alongside the most talented offensive players over the course of their careers. Unfortunately, in that article I only looked at offensive teammate quality, and we only had Win Shares going back to the 1973-74 season. Today, though, Justin's efforts have given us WS extending back to every season for which the NBA tracked minutes (through 1951-52, in case you were wondering). So I thought now would be as good a time as any to revisit the topic of teammate quality using offensive, defensive, and total Win Shares since 1952.

If you recall, the method was to calculate each player's career WS/3000 MP, then find the average (weighted by % of team MP) for all of his teammates in each given season, and finally to calculate the minute-weighted average of those figures across the player's entire career. Also, in this post we determined that ABA seasons should be worth roughly 25% less than NBA seasons, so that standard has been applied to the Win Shares for ABA players in this study. But enough about the method, let's get to the numbers -- here are the players who benefited from the most talented offensive teammates in their careers (minimum 15,000 career MP):

Player carMP carOWS cOWS3K OQT
Michael Cooper 23635 28.0 3.55 5.37
James Worthy 30001 51.3 5.13 4.87
Jamaal Wilkes 27275 44.0 4.84 4.66
Byron Scott 30153 46.3 4.60 4.61
Kurt Rambis 16299 14.1 2.60 4.55
Norm Nixon 27250 31.1 3.43 4.46
Bryon Russell 19805 23.5 3.56 4.46
Tom Hawkins 18465 9.7 1.58 4.42
Wali Jones 15759 1.7 0.33 4.41
Adrian Smith 19010 25.4 4.02 4.41
John Paxson 17257 25.2 4.39 4.41
Magic Johnson 33245 110.5 9.97 4.40
Michael Finley 37288 57.3 4.61 4.38
A.C. Green 36552 58.0 4.76 4.38
Steve Nash 29012 91.5 9.46 4.33
Rik Smits 23100 29.7 3.85 4.33
Raja Bell 16740 18.6 3.33 4.30
Derek Fisher 24685 28.8 3.50 4.29
Happy Hairston 24330 46.1 5.68 4.29
Scottie Pippen 41069 56.7 4.14 4.29
Lucius Allen 20159 22.3 3.32 4.26
Danny Ainge 27755 45.7 4.94 4.24
Sam Perkins 36598 61.6 5.05 4.21
Robert Parish 45704 73.4 4.82 4.19
Kevin McHale 30118 75.2 7.49 4.17
Larry Bird 34443 86.1 7.50 4.16
Bruce Bowen 24055 9.2 1.15 4.16
Jim McMillian 20227 29.9 4.44 4.15
Jon McGlocklin 20930 31.4 4.50 4.15
Connie Dierking 15474 2.2 0.42 4.14
Robert Horry 27066 23.5 2.60 4.13
Mychal Thompson 27764 26.0 2.81 4.11
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 57446 178.3 9.31 4.10
Dan Majerle 30206 44.8 4.45 4.10
Dale Davis 29606 44.6 4.52 4.10
Jerome Kersey 28115 27.2 2.90 4.06
Detlef Schrempf 33597 76.7 6.85 4.05
Wayne Embry 21763 23.1 3.19 4.04
Horace Grant 38621 68.0 5.28 4.04
Ervin Johnson 16988 13.0 2.29 4.03
Howard Eisley 16013 8.4 1.57 4.03
Dennis Rodman 28839 34.2 3.56 4.01
Derrick McKey 27229 30.7 3.39 4.01
Bonzi Wells 15132 7.3 1.45 3.99
Mark West 20213 14.3 2.12 3.98
Bill Bridges 30878 24.6 2.39 3.96
Brian Shaw 21666 3.5 0.48 3.96
Shawn Marion 28020 54.2 5.80 3.95
T.R. Dunn 23080 19.2 2.50 3.94
Jack George 15860 5.1 0.97 3.94
Quinn Buckner 16245 1.4 0.25 3.93
Nate McMillan 20462 19.1 2.80 3.93
Mario Elie 18654 31.3 5.03 3.92
B.J. Armstrong 17790 31.2 5.25 3.91
Rick Fox 23723 23.4 2.96 3.91
Vlade Divac 33838 44.3 3.93 3.90
Tony Parker 20335 33.0 4.87 3.90
Gail Goodrich 33527 56.9 5.09 3.89
Mehmet Okur 15658 30.5 5.84 3.89
Dirk Nowitzki 30693 98.9 9.67 3.88
Howard Komives 20213 -3.6 -0.54 3.88
Jeff Hornacek 33964 77.0 6.80 3.88
Kevin Duckworth 17462 6.9 1.18 3.88
Kevin Johnson 25061 72.3 8.66 3.87
Rasho Nesterovic 17570 13.6 2.33 3.87
Sedale Threatt 22436 29.8 3.99 3.85
Gary Payton 47117 96.9 6.17 3.85
Chris Ford 22043 14.9 2.02 3.85
Hot Rod Williams 26327 33.0 3.76 3.84
Tayshaun Prince 17825 24.5 4.13 3.84
Dick Barnett 28937 46.2 4.79 3.83
Bill Bradley 22799 14.8 1.94 3.83
Bob Dandridge 29502 46.9 4.77 3.83
Andrei Kirilenko 17309 30.3 5.25 3.82
Erick Dampier 21825 20.8 2.86 3.82
Antonio Daniels 19636 35.7 5.45 3.81
Dennis Johnson 35954 39.6 3.30 3.81
Mark Aguirre 27730 45.5 4.92 3.80
Shawn Kemp 29294 37.4 3.83 3.80
Gerald Henderson 18856 13.8 2.19 3.79
Anthony Peeler 20463 17.8 2.62 3.79
Shawn Bradley 19531 10.1 1.56 3.79
Tim Duncan 33138 72.8 6.59 3.77
Antoine Carr 19780 21.3 3.24 3.77
Cliff Levingston 16962 22.7 4.02 3.77
Antonio Davis 26083 27.7 3.19 3.76
Slater Martin 21889 17.1 2.34 3.76
Avery Johnson 26615 33.4 3.77 3.76
Elden Campbell 25775 25.1 2.92 3.76
Cedric Maxwell 23769 53.2 6.72 3.76
Darrall Imhoff 17894 12.1 2.03 3.75
Rafer Alston 17971 11.8 1.98 3.74
Sean Elliott 24502 31.5 3.86 3.74
Travis Best 15150 16.6 3.28 3.74
James Donaldson 26222 31.1 3.56 3.73
Lindsey Hunter 23131 10.0 1.30 3.72
Bobby Jackson 16790 15.5 2.76 3.72
Craig Hodges 15077 16.6 3.31 3.71
Alton Lister 18965 5.4 0.86 3.71
Steve Kerr 16207 31.6 5.85 3.71

As we found the first time around, the Showtime Lakers dominate the top of the list, with members claiming each of the top 6 spots. On the other hand, here are the unfortunate players who had to play with the least amount of offensive talent:

Player carMP carOWS cOWS3K OQT
Neil Johnston 18298 74.2 12.16 1.51
Steve Jones 21028 15.8 2.25 1.68
Stew Johnson 19201 -6.8 -1.07 1.70
Wil Jones 21931 8.6 1.18 1.81
Larry Jones 18956 29.3 4.64 1.87
Ken Norman 18992 8.9 1.41 1.87
Byron Beck 19197 24.0 3.75 1.89
Jimmy Jones 23463 40.7 5.20 1.90
Donnie Freeman 21026 28.6 4.09 1.93
Red Robbins 18745 18.3 2.93 1.93
Bernard King 29417 49.1 5.01 1.99
Charles Smith 16378 18.0 3.29 2.02
Geoff Petrie 16787 20.9 3.74 2.07
Chuck Williams 17894 16.4 2.75 2.10
Reggie Williams 16013 8.6 1.62 2.10
Otis Birdsong 21627 29.0 4.02 2.11
Warren Jabali 15264 14.8 2.91 2.13
Don Kojis 19241 18.7 2.92 2.14
Roger Brown 21454 32.4 4.54 2.17
Rory Sparrow 22550 9.9 1.32 2.18
Bingo Smith 22407 16.0 2.14 2.20
Gerald Govan 22925 -11.2 -1.47 2.20
Jeff Mullins 24574 35.9 4.38 2.21
Bailey Howell 30627 83.9 8.22 2.23
Paul Westphal 20947 45.3 6.49 2.24
Jim Barnett 17410 16.3 2.80 2.24
John Williamson 15540 10.3 1.98 2.24
Loy Vaught 16993 17.0 3.00 2.26
Jim Eakins 19013 30.5 4.81 2.26
Freddie Lewis 24924 25.1 3.02 2.27
Mack Calvin 21593 35.2 4.88 2.27
Mel Daniels 22466 18.1 2.41 2.27
George Carter 16234 13.6 2.51 2.30
Elton Brand 24421 53.9 6.62 2.31
Austin Carr 19660 21.1 3.22 2.32
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf 15628 16.7 3.21 2.32
Dolph Schayes 29800 70.7 7.12 2.33
Billy Knight 23746 44.4 5.61 2.35
Bob Netolicky 20554 21.6 3.16 2.37
Paul Pierce 30525 64.0 6.29 2.37
Benoit Benjamin 21911 3.2 0.44 2.38
Kevin Edwards 15332 -1.8 -0.35 2.40
Eddie Miles 15681 13.6 2.60 2.42
Vern Mikkelsen 18443 39.2 6.38 2.42
Paul Arizin 24897 73.6 8.87 2.42
Connie Hawkins 22232 47.9 6.47 2.42
John Drew 21828 44.2 6.08 2.44
Fred Brown 24422 38.8 4.77 2.44
Michael Adams 20446 33.5 4.92 2.46
Phil Hubbard 15863 13.6 2.57 2.46
Kevin Porter 19107 19.8 3.11 2.47
Ray Scott 23709 5.7 0.73 2.47
Darrell Walker 18601 4.2 0.68 2.48
Greg Ballard 22073 23.8 3.24 2.49
Nate Thurmond 35881 15.6 1.31 2.51
Mike Bantom 19725 15.3 2.33 2.51
Brevin Knight 18176 11.2 1.84 2.51
Doug West 16649 12.0 2.16 2.52
Trent Tucker 15671 19.2 3.68 2.52
Clyde Lee 19885 4.8 0.73 2.52
Wayne Hightower 15474 -1.1 -0.21 2.53
Harvey Grant 20510 16.6 2.43 2.53
Mike Woodson 20021 18.4 2.76 2.53
Tom Owens 20836 32.9 4.73 2.53
Glen Combs 15275 19.8 3.89 2.53
Rich Kelley 17711 13.7 2.31 2.54
Foots Walker 15036 12.6 2.51 2.54
Jerry Sloan 25750 11.8 1.38 2.55
Louie Dampier 32201 33.8 3.15 2.56
Terry Dischinger 17841 46.7 7.85 2.56
Mitch Richmond 34309 60.9 5.32 2.56
Pooh Richardson 19399 16.1 2.49 2.56
Grant Long 28514 26.7 2.81 2.57
Kenny Anderson 25868 36.6 4.24 2.57
Campy Russell 16781 20.8 3.72 2.58
Dana Barros 19480 38.7 5.96 2.59
Don Buse 26180 23.7 2.71 2.59
Sam Jones 24285 48.0 5.93 2.60
Purvis Short 24549 35.8 4.38 2.60
Roy Hinson 15543 13.8 2.67 2.60
Adrian Dantley 34151 111.3 9.78 2.60
Richard Jefferson 20438 34.1 5.01 2.60
Corey Maggette 18738 38.7 6.20 2.61
Fred Carter 18328 1.8 0.30 2.61
Tom Meschery 23459 21.3 2.72 2.61
John Johnson 25681 14.3 1.67 2.61
Blue Edwards 18409 9.4 1.53 2.61
Wayman Tisdale 23868 25.7 3.23 2.61
Dave Robisch 22780 34.0 4.48 2.61
Stu Lantz 15267 17.3 3.41 2.61
Buck Williams 42464 59.1 4.18 2.61
Sidney Wicks 25762 22.2 2.58 2.62
Ralph Simpson 19623 6.7 1.03 2.62
Dikembe Mutombo 36791 47.8 3.90 2.63
Cliff Robinson 19284 5.4 0.84 2.63
Jack Twyman 26147 59.4 6.82 2.64
Lamond Murray 18477 7.4 1.21 2.64
Walt Bellamy 38940 103.7 7.99 2.64
Kirk Hinrich 15019 17.4 3.48 2.64
Artis Gilmore 47134 102.3 6.51 2.65

Johnston, one of the greatest players of all time, had Hall of Famer Paul Arizin as a wingman for his most successful seasons in Philadelphia (including 1956, when they won an NBA title), but when Arizin missed the 1953 season, Johnson's typical teammate averaged -1.23 career WS/3K! Clearly, no great player has ever played with a worse set of teammates... speaking of which, here are the players who rose above their teammates the most:

Player carMP carOWS cOWS3K OQT Diff
Neil Johnston 18298 74.2 12.16 1.51 10.66
Michael Jordan 41010 146.0 10.68 3.18 7.50
Ed Macauley 18071 64.1 10.65 3.18 7.47
Adrian Dantley 34151 111.3 9.78 2.60 7.18
Oscar Robertson 43886 153.8 10.51 3.36 7.15
Jerry West 36571 124.8 10.24 3.42 6.82
Wilt Chamberlain 47859 155.0 9.71 2.94 6.77
Paul Arizin 24897 73.6 8.87 2.42 6.45
Bob Pettit 30690 90.2 8.82 2.81 6.01
Bailey Howell 30627 83.9 8.22 2.23 5.99
Charles Barkley 39330 122.3 9.33 3.41 5.91
LeBron James 19142 55.6 8.71 2.85 5.86
Bill Sharman 21793 63.3 8.71 2.85 5.86
Dirk Nowitzki 30693 98.9 9.67 3.88 5.79
John Stockton 47764 141.0 8.86 3.17 5.69
Magic Johnson 33245 110.5 9.97 4.40 5.57
Reggie Miller 47619 138.8 8.75 3.19 5.56
George Yardley 15767 42.4 8.07 2.72 5.36
Walt Bellamy 38940 103.7 7.99 2.64 5.34
Kobe Bryant 34531 100.8 8.76 3.42 5.33
Terry Dischinger 17841 46.7 7.85 2.56 5.29
David Robinson 34271 97.6 8.55 3.32 5.22
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 57446 178.3 9.31 4.10 5.21
Steve Nash 29012 91.5 9.46 4.33 5.13
Kiki Vandeweghe 24521 70.0 8.56 3.47 5.09
Chauncey Billups 26876 73.9 8.25 3.24 5.00
Shaquille O'Neal 39926 114.9 8.63 3.66 4.98
Harry Gallatin 15813 42.6 8.08 3.15 4.92
Dolph Schayes 29800 70.7 7.12 2.33 4.79
Kevin Johnson 25061 72.3 8.66 3.87 4.79
Sidney Moncrief 23150 60.5 7.84 3.14 4.70
Ray Allen 35099 91.7 7.84 3.17 4.67
Michael Redd 18710 47.3 7.58 3.05 4.53
Dan Issel 41784 102.8 7.38 2.97 4.42
David Thompson 19406 49.0 7.58 3.17 4.40
Gilbert Arenas 16175 39.9 7.40 3.05 4.35
Karl Malone 54852 140.1 7.66 3.34 4.32
Elton Brand 24421 53.9 6.62 2.31 4.31
Pau Gasol 20821 49.2 7.09 2.82 4.28
Clyde Lovellette 19075 45.1 7.09 2.82 4.27
Larry Foust 19926 46.3 6.97 2.70 4.27
Paul Westphal 20947 45.3 6.49 2.24 4.25
Bob Lanier 32103 75.5 7.06 2.81 4.25
Jack Twyman 26147 59.4 6.82 2.64 4.18
George Gervin 35597 85.4 7.20 3.03 4.17
Connie Hawkins 22232 47.9 6.47 2.42 4.05
Chet Walker 33433 77.6 6.97 2.97 3.99
Vern Mikkelsen 18443 39.2 6.38 2.42 3.96
Paul Pierce 30525 64.0 6.29 2.37 3.92
Artis Gilmore 47134 102.3 6.51 2.65 3.86

LeBron James and Bill Sharman: probably not a ccomparison that immediately springs to mind, but both have identical career WS/3K averages and both played with the exact same caliber of offensive teammates -- which is to say, not very good ones. By contrast, here are players whose teammates dragged them along for the ride:

Player carMP carOWS cOWS3K OQT Diff
Howard Komives 20213 -3.6 -0.54 3.88 -4.42
Wali Jones 15759 1.7 0.33 4.41 -4.08
Mark Eaton 25169 -3.5 -0.42 3.66 -4.07
Connie Dierking 15474 2.2 0.42 4.14 -3.72
Guy Rodgers 28661 -5.3 -0.56 3.15 -3.71
Gar Heard 19571 -3.6 -0.56 3.12 -3.68
Quinn Buckner 16245 1.4 0.25 3.93 -3.68
Gerald Govan 22925 -11.2 -1.47 2.20 -3.67
Brian Shaw 21666 3.5 0.48 3.96 -3.48
Joe Graboski 22197 -1.3 -0.18 3.29 -3.47
Chris Dudley 16321 -1.4 -0.26 3.12 -3.37
Fatty Taylor 17706 -2.2 -0.37 2.93 -3.30
K.C. Jones 17501 0.7 0.13 3.19 -3.06
Bruce Bowen 24055 9.2 1.15 4.16 -3.01
Darrell Griffith 21403 1.3 0.18 3.19 -3.01
Lionel Hollins 18453 2.0 0.33 3.33 -3.00
Jack George 15860 5.1 0.97 3.94 -2.97
Herb Williams 28484 -1.2 -0.12 2.84 -2.96
Alton Lister 18965 5.4 0.86 3.71 -2.85
Tom Hawkins 18465 9.7 1.58 4.42 -2.84
Stew Johnson 19201 -6.8 -1.07 1.70 -2.77
Kevin Edwards 15332 -1.8 -0.35 2.40 -2.75
Wayne Hightower 15474 -1.1 -0.21 2.53 -2.74
George Johnson 18102 1.1 0.19 2.92 -2.73
Antoine Walker 31531 6.0 0.57 3.28 -2.71
Kevin Duckworth 17462 6.9 1.18 3.88 -2.69
Bonzi Wells 15132 7.3 1.45 3.99 -2.54
Jon Koncak 16409 6.0 1.10 3.61 -2.51
J.R. Reid 15370 5.5 1.07 3.57 -2.49
LaSalle Thompson 21238 8.2 1.16 3.62 -2.46
Howard Eisley 16013 8.4 1.57 4.03 -2.46
Keith Erickson 18841 6.9 1.11 3.55 -2.44
Mike Gale 20645 7.9 1.15 3.59 -2.44
John Bagley 17120 2.8 0.50 2.93 -2.43
Lindsey Hunter 23131 10.0 1.30 3.72 -2.42
Fred Carter 18328 1.8 0.30 2.61 -2.31
Vernon Maxwell 24309 7.3 0.90 3.14 -2.24
Shawn Bradley 19531 10.1 1.56 3.79 -2.23
Wayne Cooper 20274 10.2 1.52 3.58 -2.07
Caldwell Jones 35081 12.5 1.07 3.13 -2.06
Dave DeBusschere 31202 12.9 1.24 3.27 -2.03
Sam Lacey 31873 9.1 0.85 2.87 -2.02
Andrew Lang 15344 7.7 1.51 3.52 -2.02
Coby Dietrick 16287 6.4 1.18 3.18 -2.00
Rick Mahorn 25779 10.2 1.19 3.19 -2.00
Rich Jones 16991 3.8 0.67 2.65 -1.98
Larry Hughes 21140 10.5 1.50 3.45 -1.96
Kurt Rambis 16299 14.1 2.60 4.55 -1.95
Benoit Benjamin 21911 3.2 0.44 2.38 -1.94
Trenton Hassell 15172 5.1 1.00 2.92 -1.92

Some of these guys were defensive specialists, so now let's turn our attention to defensive quality of teammates... Here are the players who got to play with the most dominant defenders ever:

Player carMP carDWS cDWS3K DQT
K.C. Jones 17501 37.3 6.40 5.91
Sam Jones 24285 43.2 5.34 5.88
Tom Heinsohn 19254 41.9 6.53 5.79
Frank Ramsey 15330 25.7 5.03 5.65
Tom Sanders 22164 41.2 5.58 5.55
Bill Russell 40726 132.5 9.76 4.96
John Havlicek 46471 73.9 4.77 4.68
Bill Sharman 21793 21.6 2.98 4.54
Bob Cousy 30165 50.0 4.97 4.48
Don Nelson 21685 29.4 4.06 4.42
Tony Parker 20335 27.5 4.05 4.39
Bruce Bowen 24055 32.8 4.09 4.16
Jo Jo White 29941 34.1 3.42 4.09
Don Chaney 18881 24.9 3.96 3.99
Slater Martin 21889 22.7 3.11 3.92
Steve Kerr 16207 14.9 2.75 3.87
Tim Duncan 33138 75.7 6.85 3.86
Sean Elliott 24502 24.2 2.97 3.75
Paul Westphal 20947 23.2 3.32 3.75
Dennis Johnson 35954 42.3 3.53 3.74
Kevin Grevey 15246 13.3 2.62 3.74
Vern Mikkelsen 18443 26.4 4.29 3.72
Dave Cowens 29565 56.5 5.74 3.72
Phil Chenier 19116 22.4 3.52 3.71
Avery Johnson 26615 23.0 2.60 3.71
Mike Riordan 15890 18.2 3.44 3.70
Al Attles 17826 20.6 3.47 3.68
John Starks 23514 29.0 3.70 3.67
Kirk Hinrich 15019 18.5 3.69 3.64
Hedo Turkoglu 18944 24.0 3.81 3.63
John Stockton 47764 64.3 4.04 3.62
Bob Love 25120 26.3 3.15 3.62
Mario Elie 18654 18.4 2.96 3.62
Rafer Alston 17971 21.1 3.52 3.61
Willie Anderson 15974 18.0 3.38 3.60
Tayshaun Prince 17825 19.9 3.35 3.58
Steve Smith 28856 22.0 2.28 3.58
Terry Porter 35354 39.2 3.33 3.58
Darryl Dawkins 17235 28.3 4.92 3.58
Walter Davis 28859 28.1 2.92 3.57
Chet Walker 33433 38.6 3.47 3.56
Thurl Bailey 24873 30.1 3.63 3.56
Jeff Mullins 24574 26.3 3.21 3.54
Maurice Cheeks 34845 42.3 3.64 3.53
Robert Horry 27066 43.1 4.78 3.53
Danny Ainge 27755 25.9 2.80 3.53
Jeff Malone 29660 17.2 1.74 3.53
Bryon Russell 19805 23.3 3.52 3.53
Eric Snow 23132 25.2 3.27 3.52
B.J. Armstrong 17790 13.1 2.21 3.52
Kevin McHale 30118 36.8 3.66 3.52
Kevin Porter 19107 16.5 2.58 3.51
Gus Williams 25645 33.0 3.87 3.50
Danny Ferry 18131 18.2 3.02 3.50
Allan Houston 28311 20.3 2.15 3.50
Sidney Moncrief 23150 28.5 3.69 3.50
Clifford Robinson 42561 56.5 3.98 3.49
Dolph Schayes 29800 48.6 4.89 3.49
John Paxson 17257 10.0 1.74 3.49
Kevin Duckworth 17462 18.7 3.21 3.49
Ron Harper 31199 44.0 4.23 3.48
Chris Dudley 16321 27.6 5.08 3.47
Clyde Lovellette 19075 25.7 4.05 3.47
Michael Cooper 23635 24.9 3.16 3.47
Alvan Adams 27203 44.1 4.86 3.46
Scottie Pippen 41069 65.9 4.81 3.46
Paul Pressey 19659 27.6 4.21 3.46
Shane Battier 20708 25.4 3.69 3.46
Aaron McKie 19155 26.1 4.09 3.46
Truck Robinson 25141 37.2 4.43 3.46
Carmelo Anthony 16113 16.0 2.98 3.45
Cedric Maxwell 23769 25.2 3.19 3.45
Mark Eaton 25169 48.3 5.76 3.45
Mark Price 21560 18.6 2.59 3.45
Buck Williams 42464 62.7 4.43 3.44
Joe Dumars 35139 22.3 1.90 3.44
Chauncey Billups 26876 24.0 2.67 3.44
Charles Smith 16378 23.1 4.22 3.44
Henry Bibby 15475 13.6 2.63 3.44
Karl Malone 54852 91.5 5.01 3.43
Peja Stojakovic 24402 23.2 2.86 3.43
Richard Jefferson 20438 23.0 3.37 3.43
Jerome Kersey 28115 44.2 4.72 3.42
Bonzi Wells 15132 21.6 4.27 3.42
Richard Hamilton 24724 20.0 2.43 3.42
Otis Birdsong 21627 19.5 2.71 3.42
Craig Hodges 15077 10.2 2.03 3.42
Vinny Del Negro 19211 13.9 2.18 3.42
James Worthy 30001 29.6 2.96 3.42
Vinnie Johnson 24308 23.3 2.87 3.41
Allen Iverson 36719 38.2 3.12 3.41
Gerald Wilkins 26084 20.7 2.38 3.41
David Robinson 34271 79.5 6.96 3.41
Bailey Howell 30627 30.7 3.00 3.40
Bob Weiss 17277 19.4 3.37 3.40
Craig Ehlo 21071 25.0 3.56 3.40
Jason Williams 21190 16.2 2.29 3.40
Rasho Nesterovic 17570 25.3 4.33 3.39
Rod Strickland 33634 37.1 3.31 3.39
Guy Rodgers 28661 38.6 4.04 3.39

Is it really any surprise that the Bill Russell-era Celtics dominate this leaderboard? This just shows how ridiculously stacked those teams were defensively... On the flip side, meet the players whose teammates were most porous on D:

Player carMP carDWS cDWS3K DQT
George Carter 16234 5.2 0.96 2.03
Cincinnatus Powell 18636 11.1 1.79 2.05
Stew Johnson 19201 11.7 1.83 2.06
Glen Combs 15275 6.9 1.35 2.13
Ray Felix 15188 12.7 2.50 2.24
Warren Jabali 15264 12.2 2.40 2.28
Swen Nater 20746 22.2 3.21 2.34
Shareef Abdur-Rahim 28882 21.1 2.19 2.34
Larry Jones 18956 14.1 2.23 2.35
Walt Bellamy 38940 26.9 2.07 2.36
Chuck Williams 17894 9.0 1.50 2.36
Red Robbins 18745 20.0 3.20 2.36
Wayne Embry 21763 15.1 2.09 2.36
Jim Eakins 19013 15.4 2.43 2.37
Gilbert Arenas 16175 10.0 1.85 2.39
Terry Dischinger 17841 9.7 1.64 2.39
Gerald Govan 22925 26.7 3.49 2.40
Willie Wise 18438 16.1 2.61 2.41
Rich Jones 16991 13.6 2.40 2.41
Otto Moore 16893 19.0 3.37 2.42
Jack Twyman 26147 15.3 1.75 2.43
Wil Jones 21931 19.8 2.71 2.43
Johnny Green 24624 18.3 2.23 2.43
Fatty Taylor 17706 13.9 2.36 2.44
Quentin Richardson 16853 10.2 1.81 2.45
Mack Calvin 21593 12.7 1.77 2.46
Oscar Robertson 43886 37.3 2.55 2.47
Richie Guerin 27447 19.7 2.16 2.47
Jay Vincent 15556 11.7 2.26 2.47
Elmore Smith 17879 22.0 3.70 2.47
Michael Redd 18710 7.2 1.16 2.48
LaSalle Thompson 21238 27.1 3.83 2.48
Ron Boone 32391 18.4 1.71 2.49
Antawn Jamison 29354 16.5 1.68 2.49
Rudy Tomjanovich 25714 18.4 2.15 2.49
Brad Davis 22302 11.2 1.50 2.49
Dwight Jones 16452 14.3 2.60 2.49
Caron Butler 17715 15.1 2.56 2.50
Adrian Smith 19010 7.9 1.24 2.50
Coby Dietrick 16287 17.6 3.23 2.50
Howard Komives 20213 8.7 1.29 2.51
Billy Paultz 30392 29.0 2.86 2.52
Bill Melchionni 16787 10.1 1.80 2.52
Herm Gilliam 15026 12.7 2.54 2.52
Steve Jones 21028 11.9 1.70 2.53
Bob Netolicky 20554 15.0 2.20 2.54
Sam Lacey 31873 41.9 3.95 2.55
Mahdi Abdul-Rahman 19202 12.2 1.90 2.55
Elton Brand 24421 28.3 3.48 2.56
Zach Randolph 15180 12.2 2.41 2.56
Jim Fox 17294 14.0 2.44 2.56
Sidney Wicks 25762 20.6 2.40 2.57
Harry Gallatin 15813 17.7 3.36 2.57
Geoff Petrie 16787 5.7 1.02 2.57
Byron Beck 19197 18.2 2.85 2.58
Dave Robisch 22780 20.8 2.73 2.58
Lou Hudson 29794 17.7 1.78 2.58
Mel Daniels 22466 31.2 4.16 2.60
Brian Taylor 19149 14.1 2.21 2.60
Neil Johnston 18298 18.1 2.97 2.60
Joe Caldwell 25261 18.8 2.23 2.60
Bob Boozer 25549 19.1 2.24 2.60
Glenn Robinson 25346 19.2 2.27 2.60
James Silas 20363 10.6 1.57 2.60
Jimmy Walker 23590 9.9 1.26 2.61
Rod Higgins 17189 10.7 1.86 2.61
Carl Braun 18409 13.1 2.13 2.61
Vin Baker 25737 21.4 2.50 2.62
Mark Olberding 23692 18.6 2.36 2.62
Corey Maggette 18738 13.2 2.11 2.62
Zelmo Beaty 29676 31.7 3.21 2.63
T.R. Dunn 23080 22.5 2.92 2.64
Connie Hawkins 22232 23.2 3.13 2.64
Bingo Smith 22407 16.3 2.18 2.64
Dan Issel 41784 41.1 2.95 2.65
Dick McGuire 17170 18.0 3.15 2.65
Bill Bridges 30878 34.8 3.38 2.65
Roger Brown 21454 17.4 2.44 2.66
Dick Snyder 25676 14.4 1.68 2.66
Larry Smith 22879 25.7 3.37 2.66
Ben Poquette 15763 15.2 2.90 2.66
Calvin Murphy 30607 16.5 1.62 2.66
Chris Bosh 16289 17.3 3.19 2.66
Randy Smith 31444 18.8 1.80 2.67
Larry Kenon 24510 26.4 3.23 2.67
George Gervin 35597 26.3 2.22 2.67
Shawn Bradley 19531 31.0 4.76 2.67
Jamal Crawford 19444 7.1 1.10 2.67
Tom Hawkins 18465 14.4 2.34 2.67
Jerry Lucas 32131 34.2 3.19 2.67
Ray Scott 23709 28.2 3.57 2.68
Pete Maravich 24316 16.5 2.03 2.68
Doug West 16649 5.4 0.97 2.68
Kevin Garnett 39635 69.6 5.27 2.68
Gene Shue 23338 15.2 1.96 2.69
Lenny Wilkens 38064 34.6 2.73 2.69
Lamond Murray 18477 12.7 2.05 2.69
Gus Johnson 20893 25.3 3.63 2.69
Pooh Richardson 19399 10.0 1.54 2.70
Tom Van Arsdale 28682 14.6 1.53 2.70

Perhaps this was why Shareef Abdur-Rahim scarcely sniffed the playoffs? Here are the players who raised the quality of their defenses the most:

Player carMP carDWS cDWS3K DQT Diff
Bill Russell 40726 132.5 9.76 4.96 4.80
Ben Wallace 27892 64.6 6.94 3.06 3.89
David Robinson 34271 79.5 6.96 3.41 3.55
Hakeem Olajuwon 44222 94.9 6.44 2.92 3.52
Tim Duncan 33138 75.7 6.85 3.86 2.99
Marcus Camby 23228 45.5 5.88 2.95 2.93
Wilt Chamberlain 47859 94.6 5.93 3.12 2.81
Patrick Ewing 40594 80.2 5.93 3.19 2.74
Dikembe Mutombo 36791 67.9 5.53 2.90 2.63
Kevin Garnett 39635 69.6 5.27 2.68 2.59
Shawn Marion 28020 48.1 5.15 2.76 2.38
Alonzo Mourning 25975 47.2 5.45 3.07 2.38
George Johnson 18102 32.4 5.37 3.03 2.33
Mark Eaton 25169 48.3 5.76 3.45 2.31
Shawn Kemp 29294 52.3 5.35 3.12 2.23
Clifford Ray 19940 36.5 5.50 3.29 2.21
Dennis Rodman 28839 52.9 5.50 3.35 2.15
Wes Unseld 35832 64.1 5.36 3.24 2.12
Shawn Bradley 19531 31.0 4.76 2.67 2.09
Yao Ming 15727 28.5 5.44 3.38 2.06
Tree Rollins 24028 40.6 5.07 3.01 2.06
Dave Cowens 29565 56.5 5.74 3.72 2.02
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 57446 94.2 4.92 2.99 1.93
Rich Kelley 17711 29.7 5.04 3.13 1.91
Nate Thurmond 35881 61.3 5.12 3.27 1.85
Jermaine O'Neal 22459 37.9 5.06 3.21 1.85
Alton Lister 18965 31.0 4.91 3.07 1.84
Gar Heard 19571 31.1 4.77 2.95 1.82
Chris Webber 30847 49.5 4.82 3.01 1.80
Larry Bird 34443 58.7 5.11 3.33 1.78
Elvin Hayes 50000 83.8 5.03 3.27 1.76
Ervin Johnson 16988 25.0 4.41 2.71 1.70
Shaquille O'Neal 39926 63.3 4.76 3.06 1.70
Tyson Chandler 15061 23.8 4.74 3.04 1.69
Vlade Divac 33838 53.7 4.76 3.07 1.69
Jack Sikma 36943 59.7 4.85 3.16 1.69
Kenyon Martin 17806 29.5 4.98 3.32 1.66
Bobby Jones 25728 41.4 4.83 3.19 1.64
Andrei Kirilenko 17309 26.4 4.58 2.95 1.63
Chris Dudley 16321 27.6 5.08 3.47 1.61
George McGinnis 28179 41.5 4.42 2.85 1.58
Karl Malone 54852 91.5 5.01 3.43 1.57
Mel Daniels 22466 31.2 4.16 2.60 1.56
Dave DeBusschere 31202 46.2 4.44 2.90 1.54
Robert Parish 45704 72.3 4.74 3.25 1.49
Theo Ratliff 19621 28.4 4.34 2.86 1.49
Artis Gilmore 47134 65.1 4.14 2.72 1.43
Kurt Thomas 23738 35.4 4.48 3.06 1.42
Nate McMillan 20462 31.1 4.55 3.15 1.41
Sam Lacey 31873 41.9 3.95 2.55 1.40

Now that is one great list of defensive big men! Compare it to these turnstiles who hung their teammates out to dry the most:

Player carMP carDWS cDWS3K DQT Diff
Nick Van Exel 28969 12.1 1.25 3.27 -2.02
Kiki Vandeweghe 24521 9.0 1.10 3.06 -1.96
Jeff McInnis 15927 5.6 1.05 2.94 -1.90
Jeff Malone 29660 17.2 1.74 3.53 -1.78
John Paxson 17257 10.0 1.74 3.49 -1.74
Stephon Marbury 31891 14.2 1.34 3.07 -1.73
Hubert Davis 15143 8.0 1.59 3.32 -1.73
Doug West 16649 5.4 0.97 2.68 -1.71
Isaiah Rider 17851 9.5 1.59 3.22 -1.63
Steve Nash 29012 13.8 1.43 3.05 -1.62
Dale Ellis 34778 18.3 1.58 3.19 -1.61
Jamal Crawford 19444 7.1 1.10 2.67 -1.57
Bill Sharman 21793 21.6 2.98 4.54 -1.56
Chucky Atkins 16661 8.7 1.57 3.12 -1.56
Geoff Petrie 16787 5.7 1.02 2.57 -1.55
Joe Dumars 35139 22.3 1.90 3.44 -1.54
World B. Free 26893 13.0 1.45 2.97 -1.52
Damon Stoudamire 29106 17.1 1.76 3.28 -1.52
Rex Chapman 19542 9.9 1.51 2.96 -1.45
Norm Nixon 27250 16.6 1.83 3.26 -1.43
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf 15628 8.5 1.63 3.05 -1.42
Craig Hodges 15077 10.2 2.03 3.42 -1.39
Antonio Daniels 19636 10.7 1.63 3.01 -1.38
Kenny Smith 22213 14.0 1.89 3.27 -1.38
Reggie Theus 34603 17.1 1.48 2.86 -1.38
Johnny Newman 28435 14.2 1.50 2.86 -1.36
Tiny Archibald 31159 18.0 1.73 3.09 -1.36
Allan Houston 28311 20.3 2.15 3.50 -1.35
Jimmy Walker 23590 9.9 1.26 2.61 -1.34
Michael Redd 18710 7.2 1.16 2.48 -1.32
B.J. Armstrong 17790 13.1 2.21 3.52 -1.32
Sherman Douglas 21148 9.9 1.41 2.72 -1.32
Scott Skiles 16789 8.2 1.46 2.76 -1.31
Steve Smith 28856 22.0 2.28 3.58 -1.30
Rolando Blackman 32087 16.2 1.51 2.79 -1.28
Eddie Johnson 32604 19.1 1.75 3.02 -1.26
Johnny Davis 21200 13.2 1.87 3.14 -1.26
Adrian Smith 19010 7.9 1.24 2.50 -1.26
Dick Van Arsdale 31771 16.9 1.59 2.86 -1.26
Dana Barros 19480 11.2 1.73 2.97 -1.24
Mike Mitchell 24537 13.0 1.58 2.82 -1.24
Vinny Del Negro 19211 13.9 2.18 3.42 -1.24
Jerry Stackhouse 28500 18.2 1.91 3.15 -1.23
Mike Newlin 24574 12.5 1.52 2.75 -1.23
Howard Komives 20213 8.7 1.29 2.51 -1.22
Trenton Hassell 15172 8.6 1.70 2.90 -1.20
Tom Henderson 17690 10.8 1.83 3.02 -1.19
Howard Eisley 16013 11.0 2.06 3.24 -1.18
Wally Szczerbiak 20052 13.7 2.05 3.23 -1.18
Orlando Woolridge 24041 14.6 1.82 3.00 -1.18

Dumars (!!) and Hassell, defensive stoppers by trade, illustrate the main problem with Dean Oliver's defensive rating (upon which DWS are based): perimeter defenders who don't rack up blocks, steals, or defensive rebounds are going to look bad, especially if they don't play on dominating defensive teams. Dumars' contributions simply didn't show up in the box score, and consequently DWS sees him as having contributed little to the Bad Boys' tough defenses despite his 5 All-Defense nods.

Anyway, add it all up and you get these lists -- the players with the strongest overall supporting casts:

Player carMP carWS cWS3K TQT
K.C. Jones 17501 38.1 6.53 9.09
Michael Cooper 23635 52.9 6.71 8.84
Tom Sanders 22164 55.5 7.52 8.65
Tom Heinsohn 19254 60.5 9.42 8.59
Frank Ramsey 15330 49.9 9.77 8.51
Sam Jones 24285 91.2 11.27 8.48
Bruce Bowen 24055 42.0 5.24 8.31
Tony Parker 20335 60.5 8.92 8.28
James Worthy 30001 80.8 8.08 8.28
Bill Russell 40726 162.6 11.98 8.10
Jamaal Wilkes 27275 72.2 7.94 8.03
Bryon Russell 19805 46.8 7.09 7.98
Byron Scott 30153 74.5 7.41 7.96
John Paxson 17257 35.3 6.13 7.89
Bob Cousy 30165 90.8 9.03 7.89
Wali Jones 15759 16.1 3.06 7.80
Danny Ainge 27755 71.6 7.74 7.77
Scottie Pippen 41069 122.6 8.96 7.75
Norm Nixon 27250 47.8 5.26 7.73
Magic Johnson 33245 155.8 14.06 7.71
Kurt Rambis 16299 38.8 7.14 7.69
Kevin McHale 30118 112.0 11.15 7.68
Slater Martin 21889 39.8 5.45 7.68
Michael Finley 37288 84.8 6.82 7.67
Robert Horry 27066 66.6 7.38 7.66
Derek Fisher 24685 51.0 6.20 7.65
Tim Duncan 33138 148.5 13.45 7.63
Steve Kerr 16207 46.5 8.61 7.58
A.C. Green 36552 98.9 8.12 7.57
Dennis Johnson 35954 81.8 6.83 7.55
Mario Elie 18654 49.7 7.99 7.53
Larry Bird 34443 144.8 12.61 7.50
Sean Elliott 24502 55.8 6.83 7.49
Jerome Kersey 28115 71.4 7.62 7.48
Avery Johnson 26615 56.5 6.37 7.46
Robert Parish 45704 145.7 9.56 7.44
B.J. Armstrong 17790 44.2 7.46 7.43
Lucius Allen 20159 41.5 6.17 7.42
John Havlicek 46471 132.0 8.52 7.42
Tayshaun Prince 17825 44.4 7.47 7.42
Bonzi Wells 15132 28.9 5.73 7.41
Bill Sharman 21793 84.9 11.69 7.39
Steve Nash 29012 105.3 10.89 7.38
Jon McGlocklin 20930 46.7 6.69 7.37
Dennis Rodman 28839 87.1 9.06 7.36
Kevin Duckworth 17462 25.6 4.39 7.36
Dan Majerle 30206 78.7 7.81 7.36
Rafer Alston 17971 32.9 5.50 7.35
Hedo Turkoglu 18944 49.9 7.90 7.32
Horace Grant 38621 116.5 9.05 7.31
Raja Bell 16740 29.9 5.36 7.31
Howard Eisley 16013 19.4 3.63 7.28
Rasho Nesterovic 17570 39.0 6.66 7.27
Jim McMillian 20227 47.2 6.99 7.24
Maurice Cheeks 34845 102.4 8.81 7.22
Cedric Maxwell 23769 78.5 9.90 7.21
Bill Bradley 22799 37.2 4.90 7.20
Mychal Thompson 27764 58.8 6.36 7.19
Jeff Hornacek 33964 109.5 9.67 7.19
Sam Perkins 36598 104.0 8.53 7.19
Terry Porter 35354 112.7 9.56 7.18
Sedale Threatt 22436 47.3 6.33 7.17
Don Nelson 21685 74.5 10.31 7.17
Brian Shaw 21666 23.7 3.28 7.17
Gerald Henderson 18856 31.4 5.00 7.17
Quinn Buckner 16245 24.8 4.58 7.16
Craig Hodges 15077 26.8 5.34 7.13
Richard Hamilton 24724 55.5 6.74 7.13
Detlef Schrempf 33597 109.8 9.81 7.12
Rik Smits 23100 55.8 7.24 7.12
Mark Eaton 25169 44.8 5.34 7.11
Derrick McKey 27229 60.8 6.70 7.11
Tom Hawkins 18465 24.1 3.92 7.10
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 57446 272.5 14.23 7.10
Happy Hairston 24330 71.0 8.76 7.08
Dale Davis 29606 85.2 8.64 7.08
Bob Dandridge 29502 79.6 8.09 7.08
Craig Ehlo 21071 40.4 5.75 7.08
Nate McMillan 20462 50.2 7.36 7.07
Hot Rod Williams 26327 69.1 7.88 7.07
Don Chaney 18881 36.7 5.83 7.06
Peja Stojakovic 24402 80.2 9.86 7.05
Antoine Carr 19780 41.3 6.26 7.05
Rick Fox 23723 45.7 5.78 7.05
Kevin Johnson 25061 95.2 11.40 7.05
Gary Payton 47117 145.9 9.29 7.04
Mark West 20213 42.6 6.32 7.03
Rasheed Wallace 34167 98.2 8.62 7.03
Paul Pressey 19659 48.3 7.37 7.01
Dick Barnett 28937 67.8 7.02 7.01
Danny Ferry 18131 33.2 5.49 7.00
Vlade Divac 33838 98.0 8.69 6.97
Mehmet Okur 15658 48.3 9.25 6.97
Jo Jo White 29941 54.7 5.49 6.96
Hal Greer 39788 104.8 7.90 6.96
Gail Goodrich 33527 78.1 6.99 6.95
Henry Bibby 15475 24.6 4.76 6.95
Elden Campbell 25775 62.8 7.31 6.94
John Starks 23514 49.0 6.26 6.93
Adrian Smith 19010 33.3 5.26 6.92

And the weakest ones:

Player carMP carWS cWS3K TQT
Stew Johnson 19201 7.6 1.19 3.90
Neil Johnston 18298 92.3 15.14 4.10
Larry Jones 18956 43.4 6.87 4.32
Steve Jones 21028 27.8 3.97 4.37
George Carter 16234 18.8 3.48 4.41
Wil Jones 21931 28.9 3.95 4.43
Red Robbins 18745 38.3 6.12 4.44
Warren Jabali 15264 27.0 5.31 4.48
Chuck Williams 17894 25.4 4.25 4.57
Byron Beck 19197 42.2 6.60 4.61
Geoff Petrie 16787 26.7 4.76 4.65
Jim Eakins 19013 45.9 7.24 4.72
Gerald Govan 22925 20.2 2.64 4.75
Jimmy Jones 23463 60.8 7.77 4.76
Glen Combs 15275 26.7 5.25 4.77
Mack Calvin 21593 47.9 6.65 4.78
Donnie Freeman 21026 44.8 6.39 4.81
Cincinnatus Powell 18636 32.0 5.15 4.83
Bingo Smith 22407 32.3 4.32 4.84
Elton Brand 24421 82.2 10.10 4.87
Roger Brown 21454 49.9 6.98 4.89
Terry Dischinger 17841 56.4 9.48 4.95
Mel Daniels 22466 49.3 6.58 4.95
Bob Netolicky 20554 36.7 5.35 4.97
Walt Bellamy 38940 130.5 10.06 5.00
Shareef Abdur-Rahim 28882 71.4 7.42 5.01
Jack Twyman 26147 74.7 8.57 5.07
Freddie Lewis 24924 41.3 4.98 5.07
Bernard King 29417 74.9 7.64 5.08
Ken Norman 18992 27.4 4.33 5.08
Rich Jones 16991 18.1 3.20 5.10
Austin Carr 19660 31.9 4.87 5.12
Loy Vaught 16993 36.4 6.43 5.12
Reggie Williams 16013 26.7 5.00 5.13
Connie Hawkins 22232 71.1 9.60 5.14
Johnny Green 24624 58.9 7.17 5.16
Ray Scott 23709 34.1 4.31 5.16
Sidney Wicks 25762 42.7 4.98 5.19
Doug West 16649 17.4 3.13 5.20
Don Kojis 19241 36.1 5.62 5.20
Corey Maggette 18738 51.9 8.31 5.23
Eddie Miles 15681 24.4 4.67 5.24
Billy Knight 23746 60.1 7.60 5.25
Dave Robisch 22780 54.8 7.21 5.25
Pooh Richardson 19399 26.1 4.03 5.26
Bill Melchionni 16787 21.9 3.91 5.26
Kevin Edwards 15332 12.5 2.46 5.27
Swen Nater 20746 52.5 7.59 5.27
Tom Owens 20836 53.7 7.73 5.29
Benoit Benjamin 21911 32.9 4.51 5.30
Zach Randolph 15180 27.7 5.48 5.30
Michael Adams 20446 49.5 7.27 5.31
Brian Taylor 19149 41.1 6.44 5.31
Willie Wise 18438 37.3 6.06 5.31
Lamond Murray 18477 20.1 3.26 5.33
Rory Sparrow 22550 27.3 3.64 5.34
Ron Boone 32391 47.5 4.40 5.34
John Drew 21828 67.7 9.31 5.35
Dick Snyder 25676 58.0 6.78 5.35
Ben Poquette 15763 30.2 5.75 5.35
Grant Long 28514 59.2 6.23 5.36
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf 15628 25.2 4.84 5.37
Otto Moore 16893 25.1 4.45 5.39
Mitch Richmond 34309 81.4 7.11 5.39
Tom Van Arsdale 28682 37.1 3.88 5.40
Jim Fox 17294 41.9 7.26 5.41
Artis Gilmore 47134 167.3 10.65 5.41
Brevin Knight 18176 32.8 5.42 5.41
Sam Lacey 31873 51.0 4.80 5.42
Fatty Taylor 17706 14.0 2.38 5.42
Elmore Smith 17879 34.6 5.80 5.42
James Silas 20363 50.8 7.49 5.42
John Johnson 25681 36.5 4.27 5.43
Chris Bosh 16289 52.1 9.59 5.43
Wayman Tisdale 23868 45.7 5.75 5.43
Gilbert Arenas 16175 49.8 9.24 5.43
Pete Maravich 24316 47.7 5.89 5.44
Ray Felix 15188 40.1 7.92 5.44
Mike Woodson 20021 35.2 5.27 5.44
Scott Skiles 16789 30.7 5.49 5.44
Wayne Hightower 15474 14.9 2.88 5.45
Mike Bantom 19725 34.9 5.30 5.45
John Williamson 15540 21.4 4.14 5.46
Charles Smith 16378 41.0 7.52 5.46
Darrell Walker 18601 27.3 4.41 5.46
Joe Caldwell 25261 34.3 4.07 5.47
Rony Seikaly 21395 37.1 5.20 5.47
Phil Hubbard 15863 28.6 5.41 5.48
Randy Smith 31444 60.6 5.78 5.48
Larry Foust 19926 68.1 10.25 5.48
Ralph Simpson 19623 22.4 3.43 5.49
Louie Dampier 32201 57.9 5.39 5.50
Foots Walker 15036 30.8 6.14 5.50
Alvin Robertson 24669 52.6 6.39 5.50
Campy Russell 16781 34.9 6.23 5.50
Rod Higgins 17189 39.2 6.85 5.51
Bob Lanier 32103 117.0 10.93 5.51
Clarence Weatherspoon 27735 58.2 6.30 5.51
Paul Pierce 30525 105.4 10.35 5.52
Mel Hutchins 16574 26.6 4.81 5.52

Those who single-handedly helped their teammates reach new heights:

Player carMP carWS cWS3K TQT Diff
Neil Johnston 18298 92.3 15.14 4.10 11.03
Wilt Chamberlain 47859 249.6 15.64 6.06 9.58
Michael Jordan 41010 208.5 15.25 6.46 8.79
David Robinson 34271 177.1 15.51 6.73 8.78
Bob Pettit 30690 133.5 13.05 5.65 7.39
Oscar Robertson 43886 191.1 13.06 5.84 7.22
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 57446 272.5 14.23 7.10 7.13
Charles Barkley 39330 176.0 13.42 6.48 6.94
LeBron James 19142 83.4 13.06 6.15 6.91
Jerry West 36571 162.8 13.35 6.45 6.90
Dirk Nowitzki 30693 138.4 13.52 6.74 6.78
Shaquille O'Neal 39926 178.2 13.39 6.71 6.67
Ed Macauley 18071 78.1 12.97 6.46 6.51
Magic Johnson 33245 155.8 14.06 7.71 6.36
Kevin Garnett 39635 157.7 11.93 5.70 6.24
Dolph Schayes 29800 119.3 12.01 5.83 6.18
John Stockton 47764 205.3 12.90 6.79 6.11
Adrian Dantley 34151 134.0 11.77 5.68 6.09
Paul Arizin 24897 96.0 11.57 5.58 5.99
Karl Malone 54852 231.6 12.67 6.78 5.89
Tim Duncan 33138 148.5 13.45 7.63 5.81
Harry Gallatin 15813 60.3 11.43 5.72 5.71
Yao Ming 15727 64.2 12.25 6.63 5.62
Bailey Howell 30627 114.6 11.22 5.65 5.58
Bob Lanier 32103 117.0 10.93 5.51 5.42
Kobe Bryant 34531 138.8 12.06 6.71 5.36
George Yardley 15767 57.6 10.97 5.69 5.28
Artis Gilmore 47134 167.3 10.65 5.41 5.23
Elton Brand 24421 82.2 10.10 4.87 5.23
Hakeem Olajuwon 44222 163.4 11.08 5.96 5.13
Larry Bird 34443 144.8 12.61 7.50 5.12
Walt Bellamy 38940 130.5 10.06 5.00 5.06
Sidney Moncrief 23150 89.0 11.53 6.64 4.89
Clyde Lovellette 19075 70.8 11.14 6.29 4.85
Paul Pierce 30525 105.4 10.35 5.52 4.84
Larry Foust 19926 68.1 10.25 5.48 4.76
Pau Gasol 20821 72.7 10.48 5.74 4.74
Dan Issel 41784 143.9 10.33 5.67 4.66
Julius Erving 45227 163.3 10.83 6.23 4.60
Reggie Miller 47619 172.4 10.86 6.31 4.55
Terry Dischinger 17841 56.4 9.48 4.95 4.53
Vern Mikkelsen 18443 65.6 10.67 6.14 4.53
Connie Hawkins 22232 71.1 9.60 5.14 4.46
Walt Frazier 30965 109.5 10.61 6.21 4.40
Kevin Johnson 25061 95.2 11.40 7.05 4.35
Moses Malone 49444 172.6 10.47 6.15 4.32
Clyde Drexler 37537 139.1 11.12 6.81 4.31
Bill Sharman 21793 84.9 11.69 7.39 4.30
Shawn Marion 28020 102.3 10.95 6.71 4.24
Chauncey Billups 26876 97.8 10.92 6.69 4.24

And finally, those who did the most to hold them back:

Player carMP carWS cWS3K TQT Diff
Howard Komives 20213 5.0 0.75 6.39 -5.65
Wali Jones 15759 16.1 3.06 7.80 -4.74
Connie Dierking 15474 13.4 2.60 6.87 -4.27
Brian Shaw 21666 23.7 3.28 7.17 -3.89
Howard Eisley 16013 19.4 3.63 7.28 -3.64
Darrell Griffith 21403 22.3 3.12 6.56 -3.44
Jack George 15860 17.7 3.35 6.74 -3.39
Tom Hawkins 18465 24.1 3.92 7.10 -3.18
Fred Carter 18328 14.9 2.44 5.58 -3.14
John Bagley 17120 16.6 2.90 6.04 -3.14
Joe Graboski 22197 23.5 3.18 6.30 -3.12
Trenton Hassell 15172 13.7 2.70 5.82 -3.12
Bruce Bowen 24055 42.0 5.24 8.31 -3.08
Guy Rodgers 28661 33.2 3.48 6.55 -3.07
Vernon Maxwell 24309 27.5 3.40 6.45 -3.05
Fatty Taylor 17706 14.0 2.38 5.42 -3.04
Kevin Duckworth 17462 25.6 4.39 7.36 -2.97
Calbert Cheaney 22007 23.4 3.19 6.15 -2.96
Lionel Hollins 18453 22.9 3.72 6.66 -2.94
Desmond Mason 19575 22.9 3.52 6.33 -2.82
Kevin Edwards 15332 12.5 2.46 5.27 -2.81
Keith Erickson 18841 25.0 3.99 6.72 -2.73
Stew Johnson 19201 7.6 1.19 3.90 -2.71
Gerald Wilkins 26084 33.4 3.84 6.53 -2.68
Lindsey Hunter 23131 32.4 4.21 6.86 -2.65
Tom Henderson 17690 22.0 3.73 6.35 -2.63
Quinn Buckner 16245 24.8 4.58 7.16 -2.58
K.C. Jones 17501 38.1 6.53 9.09 -2.57
Wayne Hightower 15474 14.9 2.88 5.45 -2.57
Chuck Person 28941 38.9 4.04 6.58 -2.54
Norm Nixon 27250 47.8 5.26 7.73 -2.47
Antoine Walker 31531 38.9 3.71 6.15 -2.44
Isaiah Rider 17851 22.8 3.84 6.18 -2.34
Anthony Peeler 20463 30.9 4.54 6.86 -2.32
Shandon Anderson 15946 23.5 4.43 6.74 -2.31
Bill Bradley 22799 37.2 4.90 7.20 -2.30
Jim Jackson 29067 35.9 3.71 5.94 -2.24
Slater Martin 21889 39.8 5.45 7.68 -2.23
Henry Bibby 15475 24.6 4.76 6.95 -2.19
J.R. Reid 15370 22.5 4.39 6.58 -2.18
Gerald Henderson 18856 31.4 5.00 7.17 -2.17
Stephen Jackson 19470 28.9 4.46 6.60 -2.14
Michael Cooper 23635 52.9 6.71 8.84 -2.13
Gerald Govan 22925 20.2 2.64 4.75 -2.11
Chris Ford 22043 35.6 4.84 6.92 -2.07
Lamond Murray 18477 20.1 3.26 5.33 -2.07
Doug West 16649 17.4 3.13 5.20 -2.07
Ralph Simpson 19623 22.4 3.43 5.49 -2.06
Jason Williams 21190 34.1 4.83 6.87 -2.03
Anthony Johnson 15145 21.9 4.33 6.31 -1.97

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7 Responses to “Quality of Teammates Revisited”

  1. Anon Says:

    Good work Neil. I thought this topic was a good idea the last time you tried your hand at it...love these in-depth lists.

    About Joe Dumars: I hear you about DWS not capturing his defensive contributions, but I think you already looked at him from a SPM standpoint in your all-time SG list and concluded that he wasn't exactly impressive using that metric either. I'm not saying he didn't do ANYTHING for those Pistons squads of course, but do you think it's one of those cases where his exploits as a defender were just a little bit overhyped (perhaps benefiting from the fact that he usually took on the task of guarding a certain high-profile player named Michael Jordan during his heyday)?

  2. Robert August de Meijer Says:

    Most interesting!

    What surprises me is that Patrick Ewing is not listed among "Those who single-handedly helped their teammates reach new heights".

  3. P.P. Says:

    You guys going to do anymore Keltner lists. I love those things. And I don't think one was done on Mullin yet? Looking at these lists also makes me think of doing one on Rodman and Sikma, etc.

  4. Jason J Says:

    Fascinating work, Neil. I'm going to be pouring over these numbers for a long time.

  5. Jason J Says:

    I think there's pretty clearly an issue around underrating perimeter defenders rather than this just being a case of Dumars being overrated. BJ Armstrong was a good defender who got no stats to show it. Trenton Hassell the same. Kenny Smith was at worst average, and he's up there. Stackhouse and Antonio Daniels are far from terrible as defenders. It may be that the bigs these guys played with like Rodman, Grant, Garnett, & Hakeem are assigned so much of the credit by the system that these smalls are left looking worse in hindsight. It may also bear mentioning that some teams actually require their guards to funnel drivers at shotblockers as a defensive strategy. So Tony Parker looks terrible, but his man gets introduced to Tim Duncan instead of the rim in the Spurs defensive system, actually increasing the apparent value of Tim's D (not that he needs any help!).

  6. Raj Says:

    "It may also bear mentioning that some teams actually require their guards to funnel drivers at shotblockers as a defensive strategy. So Tony Parker looks terrible, but his man gets introduced to Tim Duncan instead of the rim in the Spurs defensive system, actually increasing the apparent value of Tim's D (not that he needs any help!)."

    I have a hard time believing many coaches would actually have their guards funnel people towards their shotblockers (though I will acknowledge that a lot of coaches might be that dumb). Just looking at the names at the top of the list of great big men, most of those guys such as Admiral and Hakeem were the type you wouldn't want to risk picking up the foul going for a blocked shot. Plus these were also your best defensive rebounders so forcing them to block shots also hurts that element of your defense. If anything I think guys like Kenny Smith (who if I remember correctly has routinely been called by Barkley, "The reason Hakeem Olajuwon is the all-time blocks leader". And to note I say this as someone who grew up in Houston and believes the '95 Rockets are the greatest assembly of clutch players ever assembled) probably suffered a bit from moral hazard: knowing you have a guy like Duncan, Robinson or Olajuwon probably makes you more likely to relax on defense because you have that safety net back there even though doing so hurts the time overall (as a contested layup is probably still a better shot than a contested jumper)

  7. MCT Says:

    A disporportionately large number of players on the "weakest teammates" lists are guys who spent most or all of their careers in the ABA. I'm wondering if this is just a by-product of docking the ABA numbers by 25%. Their teammates may have been weak relative to the NBA norm, but they weren't necessarily that weak relative to the competition these teams faced on a day-to-day basis, which makes their inclusion a little bit misleading.