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  Tale of the Tape
  Vern Mikkelsen Rik Smits
Pos F-C C
Height 6-7 7-4
Weight 230 250
Draft 1949 1988 (2nd)
Debut Nov 2, 1949 Nov 4, 1988
Years 10 12
All-Star 6 1
All-NBA 4 (0/4/0) 0
All-Def 0 0
MVP 0 0
Champ 4 0
HoF Yes No
Adjusted Win Shares*
(Best → Worst)
Rk Vern Mikkelsen Rik Smits
1 16.4 7.8
2 14.1 7.2
3 12.4 6.6
4 11.1 6.1
5 10.7 5.0
6 7.5 4.3
7 7.4 3.8
8 7.0 3.4
9 6.2 5.6
10 5.2 3.3
11 2.9
12 2.7
Wt Sum** 80.9 45.7

* Adjusted for schedule length
** 1 × best + 0.95 × 2nd-best + …

  Regular Season
  Vern Mikkelsen Rik Smits
G 699 867
MP 18443 23100
PTS 10063 12871
TRB 5940 5277
AST 1515 1215
STL 372
BLK 1111
TOV 1579
 Per Game
MP 32.5 26.6
PTS 14.4 14.8
TRB 9.4 6.1
AST 2.2 1.4
STL 0.4
BLK 1.3
TOV 1.8
 Shooting
FG% .403 .507
3P% .115
eFG% .403 .507
FT% .766 .773
TS% .478 .548
 Advanced
PER 18.6 17.9
TRB% 13.3
AST% 9.3
STL% 0.8
BLK% 3.2
TOV% 11.8
USG% 25.7
ORtg
DRtg
OWS 48.5 30.1
DWS 34.9 26.5
WS 83.4 56.6
WS/48 .170 .118

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  Playoffs
  Vern Mikkelsen Rik Smits
G 85 104
MP 2102 2747
PTS 1141 1537
TRB 585 540
AST 152 135
STL 51
BLK 90
TOV 185
 Per Game
MP 31.8 26.4
PTS 13.4 14.8
TRB 8.0 5.2
AST 1.8 1.3
STL 0.5
BLK 0.9
TOV 1.8
 Shooting
FG% .396 .507
3P% .250
eFG% .396 .507
FT% .783 .829
TS% .477 .555
 Advanced
PER 16.9 18.4
TRB% 12.1
AST% 10.6 10.5
STL% 1.0
BLK% 2.5
TOV% 11.8
USG% 26.9
ORtg
DRtg
OWS 4.6 4.3
DWS 4.5 3.1
WS 9.2 7.4
WS/48 .159 .130

123 ≡ incomplete data