Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Basketball legend Julius Erving returned to Roosevelt Thursday as the county renamed the street where he lived as a teenager. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)Basketball legend Julius Erving returned to his hometown of Roosevelt Thursday as Nassau County celebrated the career of the sports icon by renaming the street where he lived as a teenager.The basketball hall of famer, also known as Dr. J, emerged from an SUV just before 3 p.m. and was immediately swallowed up by a scrum of fans that braved a torrential downpour to shake hands and hug the hometown hero.The Hempstead-born Erving eventually made it to a podium waiting for him on the corner of Nassau Road and Pleasant Avenue, but not before embracing Hempstead Village trustee Don Ryan, who coached a young Erving on Hempstead’s Salvation Army team before the budding basketball star moved to Roosevelt. He remains one of Erving’s closest confidants.“What a wonderful opportunity,” said Erving, 63, wearing a blue Roosevelt cap. “It’s raining, but it ain’t raining on the parade.”Related: Julius Erving and the Nets’ Glory Days on Long IslandErving, who joined Ryan’s Salvation Army team when he was 12 years old and later starred at Roosevelt High School, reflected on his time on LI as a teenager and how his return brought back memories of his family.“The name on the street is going to be mine,” he said, “but I wouldn’t have it if it wasn’t for them.”Renaming Nassau Road from Pleasant Avenue to the Southern State Parkway required approval from the Nassau County Legislature, which unanimously passed the legislation last month.Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Hempstead), who sponsored the bill and spearheaded the event, said having Erving as the local hero was always a source of pride for many in Roosevelt who will never forget Dr. J’s infamous slam dunk from the free-throw line—the first ever from that distance—during a slam contest in Denver in 1976.Abrahams, perhaps the tallest member of the Nassau legislature, joked how he appeared diminutive standing next to Erving, adding that it was a “great honor” to be able to look up at the basketball icon in person.The August 2013 issue of the Long Island Press, which featured Julius Erving on the cover.Erving is best known for his soaring trips to the basket during his time in the NBA, but it was his high-octane performances in the American Basketball Association, an obscure league that later merged with the NBA, that remains the stuff of legend.Dr. J starred at the University of Massachusetts before joining the ABA’s Virginia Squires. He later returned to LI as a member of the New York Nets (now the Brooklyn Nets) in 1974, where he would play his home games at the newly built Nassau Coliseum.Erving earned three ABA Most Valuable Player awards with the Nets and led the team to two championships.“Julius is a tremendous part of this community,” smiled Ryan.Erving led the crowd of nearly 100 fans in the singing of the Roosevelt High School song and finally climbed atop a ladder to officially rename the road where he once lived to Julius W. Erving Avenue.He ended the speech by promising to become more involved in the community by working with local government to help push social and economic initiatives. It is important to reinvigorate the hamlet and to do away with “broken down buildings [and] dilapidated houses,” he said.“I’m going to play my role,” Erving pledged. “I’m going to play my part.”
by Perry GreenFor New Pittsburgh Courier Can the 2012 U.S. national men’s basketball team beat 1992’s original Dream Team?That question has been the hottest sports topic of discussion throughout the past week, and it all started when Kobe Bryant, a member of the 2012 Team USA squad told reporters that his team could take out the Dream Team. HALL OF FAMERS—USA’s Michael Jordan sails high above teammate Magic Johnson knocking away a shot during a preliminary round game with Croatia at the Summer Olympics in Barcelona on July 12, 1992. Jordan told The Associated Press July 12, that he laughed, “I absolutely laughed”, when hearing Kobe Bryant’s comments that the squad training in Las Vegas could take Jordan and company. (AP Photo/Susan Ragan, File) Since then, several pundits have labeled Bryant’s comments ridiculous. Nonsense, they say. Even Michael Jordan, easily the best player of the ‘92 team and arguably the greatest player ever, dismissed Bryant’s claims by laughing at them when a reporter brought them to his attention.But what’s even funnier is that if both teams actually did face off, Bryant would not only have the last laugh, but I believe that Jordan knows deep down inside that Kobe is right.Most sports columnists and National Basketball Association (NBA) experts that have debated this topic have all seemed to agree about the same thing: they all believe that it’s only natural for Kobe to say that any team that he plays for would win the game. They all believe that Kobe’s fierce competitive nature wouldn’t allow him to admit that he could lose to anyone.I agree. That same competitive spirit helped him win five NBA titles with 14 All-Star Game appearances.But I also think the same of six-time NBA champ Michael Jordan. I think Jordan’s competitive ego is worst than Kobe’s and he’d never admit to the possibility of losing either.So if both Kobe and MJ are both calling each other’s bluff, who would actually win?After careful deliberation, I’d have to go with Kobe’s 2012 squad.Bryant explained both the advantages and disadvantages the 2012 team would have against the Dream Team.“Well, just from a basketball standpoint, [the Dream Team] obviously have a lot more size than we do—you know, with (David) Robinson and (Patrick) Ewing and (Karl) Malone and those guys,” Bryant told reporters in Las Vegas during the Team USA’s practice. “But they were also —some of those wing players—were also a lot older, at kind of the end of their careers. We have just a bunch of young racehorses, guys that are eager to compete. So I don’t know. It’d be a tough one, but I think we’d pull it out.”The young “racehorses” Kobe mentioned includes reigning NBA Finals MVP LeBron James, three-time NBA scoring champ Kevin Durant, and five-time NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony. Each of these three forwards stands at least six feet eight inches tall, and can not only dominate from the wing but can also bang with the big boys down in the paint.Malone, Ewing and Robinson of the “Dream Team” each stand nearly seven feet tall so their size would give the 2012 squad problems, just as Kobe hinted. The only seven-footer on the 2012 team is New York Knicks starting center Tyson Chandler, who won Defensive Player of the Year last season and helped the Dallas Mavericks win the 2011 NBA title. I have no doubt that Chandler would hold his own against the Dream Team’s big boys. Chandler can’t guard them all by himself, but he could contain Robinson.Malone, Ewing and even Charles Barkley, one of the greatest power forwards in NBA history, would have an advantage over the 2012 team’s power forwards, consisting of former Kentucky University star forward/center Anthony Davis and Minnesota Timberwolves star forward/center Kevin Love.But let’s not act like Love and Davis are bums. Davis, the National College Player of the Year, was drafted with the No. 1 overall pick in this summer’s NBA draft and is expected to develop into a combination of Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan, arguably the two best power forwards to ever play basketball. Love didn’t receive the same hype Davis did when he was drafted into the NBA in 2008, but he has made a great impact within his first four years in the league, earning two trips to the NBA All-Star game while averaging 26 points with 15 rebounds last season.Love’s 26 points and 15 rebounds matches Barkley’s career-highs of 25 points and 12 rebounds averaged during the 1993 season when he won the NBA’s MVP award. Barkley stood six-feet six inches tall, weighing 250 pounds during his prime, while Love stands six-feet 10-inches tall at 260 pounds; with those measurements, it’s safe to assume Love could hold his own against Barkley.With all that being said, the 2012 team’s weakness in size doesn’t appear as much of a disadvantage as initially thought. Meanwhile, the Dream Team still has its weakness in old age, especially on the wing.Besides Jordan and his former Chicago Bulls running mate Scottie Pippen, every other wing player for the Dream Team was either too old or outmatched to stand a chance defending the 2012 team’s wing players.Larry Bird, a co-captain of ’92 team, is one of the all-time greats when it comes to pro basketball, but he would have been too old defending young stars like LeBron, Carmelo and Durant. The same thing can be said about Clyde “the Glide” Drexler; he was great player, but he would have been embarrassed trying to guard the young run-and-gunners of this summer’s Olympic team. And same goes for Dream Team reservist Chris Mullen.The Dream Team had who I believe is the greatest point guard to ever play basketball in Magic Johnson, but he was also too old at that point of his career to defend the star point guards of the 2012 team, which includes Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Russell Westbrook. And Magic’s backup, John Stockton, would have been “cooked” trying to defend Paul, Williams and Westbrook, too.It’s hard for any basketball fan over the age of 30 to believe that the Dream Team would lose to anyone. That’s like telling me as a child that Superman would lose in a fight to the Mighty Morphing Power Rangers. I grew up watching Superman beat everyone so I don’t want to hear anything about anyone being able to take down the greatest super hero of all time.But contrary to their phenomenal abilities on the court, basketball players aren’t super heroes; they’re humans. And humans can’t escape Father Time. We all get old and we all get beaten.And the same would have happened to the team we remember as the Dream Team.(Perry Green is sports editor for the Afro American newspapers.)
The Bantams have had a light schedule since the Christmas break, scoing a wins over Castlegar 6-3 and 5-4 and a lopsided victory 7-1 over Rossland Tier III.Micah May scored twice against Rossland to lead the Reps.Amit Bhabra, Carson Arcuri, Jacob Shukin, Everett Hicks and Logan Mengler also scored for Nelson.Nelson led 4-0 and 6-1. Against Castlegar, May scored midway through the third period to lift the Reps to the narrow victory.Justin Podgorenko scored twice while Mengler and Austin Tambellini added singles.Replying for Castlegar was K. Klimchuk with a pair while Garret Patterson and Jake G added singles.The Bantam Leafs concludes the West Kootenay League schedule Saturday at the Civic Arena against Castlegar.Game time is 4:15 p.m. Playoffs will not be in the cards for the Nelson Leafs Bantam Reps after B.C. Hockey designated the Nelson Minor Hockey Association squad Tier II for the upcoming post season.Realizing the team, which plays in the Tier III division, cannot compete with the elite Trail Tier II squad, Nelson has decided not to enter the playoff round.B.C. Hockey made the decision after the Reps needed players get players from outside the Nelson Minor Hockey catchment area to ice a team.This decision meant the Reps needed to take the numbers from the other district, pushing the team into the Tier II division.“There will be no playoffs for the team this year as B.C. Hockey has designated us Tier 2 and we will not therefore be competing against Castlegar for a bid for Provincials in Burnaby,” a team spokes person told The Nelson Daily.“The team has opted instead to attend a tournament in Abbotsford in March over the break.”
Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Well, so much for light reading. Social news stalwart Flipboard is expanding beyond feeds like RSS and Twitter, introducing a Books category today for its iOS app.Flipboard’s most literate new category will serve as a portal to Apple’s iBookstore, which is stuffed with over 1.5 million titles. Each book in Flipboard offers a synopsis and an iBook link, so readers can readily purchase a must-read for their iBooks library. The Books section is divided into categories including literature, biographies and memoirs and history — and less-erudite readers can flip through cookbooks and travel guides too. The new category launched with tailor-made bookshelves for the United States, Canada, the U.K., Brazil, Australia, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain. Naturally, it sounds like Android Flipboard users won’t see the new category. Flipboard is a social magazine by definition, but with the iBooks integration, the app will move into catalog territory. We can only imagine that swiping through Flipboard’s intoxicatingly visual bookshelves might have some patrons lining up for their Apple-issued library cards. Tags:#Apple#apps#ebooks#iBooks#news The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos taylor hatmaker Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi: This is where I belongby Freddie Taylor18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCallum Hudson-Odoi says he made the right decision staying with Chelsea.The 18-year-old penned a five-year contract recently after previously trying to force through a move to Bayern Munich.”The club have done so much for me and I’m so thankful for that,” he told BBC Sport.”The decision that I made was a very good one for me and my family. We all thought that it was the right club to be at.”I’ve been here all my life, so there’s no need to change yet. My mum and dad are happy where they are and I’m happy where I am.”
The Emergency Powers (No. 2) Regulations (Continuance) Resolution, 2018, which will govern the operations of the State of Public Emergency in the St. Catherine North police division, was approved in the House of Representatives on April 3.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, declared the State of Public Emergency on March 18.In his remarks, Mr. Holness addressed a recommendation from the Opposition that the competent authority, as provided in the regulations, should act as a composite body, as well as concerns regarding the power of the Security Minister to have someone placed under house arrest.“To deal with the matter of the detention orders, the Act requires that the Minister must satisfy himself, which means that the Minister would have to consult with a competent authority, in this case the Commissioner of Police or Chief of Defence Staff. So it is not a power that the Minister could exercise in an arbitrary of indiscriminate way,” he pointed out.Regarding the issue of a competent authority acting as a composite body, Mr Holness said that this would not be practical.Under the regulations, the competent authority includes the Governor-General (GG), Minister of National Security, Chief of Defence Staff, Commissioner of Police, Deputy Commissioner of Police or the senior police officer in each parish, and the members are appointed by the GG.“From a practical standpoint, if action is needed to be taken and the law were to treat the idea of competent authority as a composite, it could significantly restrict the authority vested in the individuals by law. In fact, you could run up into a conflict,” Prime Minister Holness argued.“You could have a situation where the Commissioner of Police, who sees a clear and present danger, who is empowered by law to do something, for example, have a curfew declared or do some operational things to move the forces around, would be obliged by virtue of having this composite competent authority to, instead of acting immediately, would have to now wait on and consult.That would not be practical given how a state of emergency operates,” he noted further.Prime Minister Holness further added that “whilst we understand what it is that the Leader of the Opposition wants to achieve, which is to have greater consultation before action is taken, that consultation could in fact limit or at the worst case, result in a conflict of responsibilities”.The Constitution provides that a period of Public Emergency can be declared by Proclamation if the GG is satisfied that action has been taken by any person or persons that has threatened or is deemed as a threat to citizen security and public safety.The Emergency Powers Act refers to the existence of a State of Public Emergency and empowers the GG to make regulations during a period of Public Emergency.The State of Public Emergency in St. Catherine North is the second such following a similar declaration in St. James in January. “To deal with the matter of the detention orders, the Act requires that the Minister must satisfy himself, which means that the Minister would have to consult with a competent authority, in this case the Commissioner of Police or Chief of Defence Staff. So it is not a power that the Minister could exercise in an arbitrary of indiscriminate way,” he pointed out. The Emergency Powers (No. 2) Regulations (Continuance) Resolution, 2018, which will govern the operations of the State of Public Emergency in the St. Catherine North police division, was approved in the House of Representatives on April 3. Story Highlights In his remarks, Mr. Holness addressed a recommendation from the Opposition that the competent authority, as provided in the regulations, should act as a composite body, as well as concerns regarding the power of the Security Minister to have someone placed under house arrest.
TORONTO – DesRosiers Automotive Consultants says new light vehicle sales were down by 1.9 per cent in October compared with the same month last year.Sales were down by about 3,000 units to 161,125 as a 0.2 per cent climb in light truck sales was offset by a 6.9 per cent decline in passenger cars.Year-to-date sales are down 1.6 per cent compared with last year’s record high, but still up 3.9 per cent from the 2016 figures.Several major auto companies saw pronounced dips in October, including a 14.8 per cent decline from last year for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an 8.7 per cent drop for Honda, and a 12.9 per cent drop for General Motors, though GM kept its top spot despite the drop.Ford Motor Co. recorded a 1.6 per cent gain, while a combined 10.2 per cent increase from Toyota and its Lexus brand pushed it into the second-place slot behind GM.Land Rover and Porsche both boosted sales by about 20 per cent, while Genesis, Hyundai’s luxury brand, recorded a 175 per cent gain from last year to 132 vehicles sold.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version erroneously reported the number of cars sold, month of sales and percentage increase from 2016.
Shorter intervals between births are associated with higher mortality rates in babies, finds a new study on macaque monkeys. The study showed “the risk of a short birth interval in rhesus macaque offspring is contingent on the survival of its older or younger sibling, who may constrain the maternal resources available to it,” said Susie Lee, a doctoral student at the New York University. Short birth intervals have long been linked to adverse child outcomes in humans. However, it had been unclear the extent to which the birth interval has a direct influence on offspring mortality in general – that is, independent of the effects of environment and human sociocultural practices on reproductive behaviour. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainTo understand this, the team examined around 9,000 birth records from about 1,400 free-ranging rhesus macaque mothers. Short birth intervals preceding or succeeding the birth of an offspring were both associated with higher offspring mortality in macaque monkeys, said the study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The results are consistent with studies on human birth intervals, suggesting short birth intervals is linked to adverse child outcomes. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”Despite the extensive body of research showing a relationship between short birth intervals and high offspring mortality in humans, we have lacked studies outside of humans, especially in non-human primates,” said James Higham, Associate Professor at the varsity. “This new research helps fill the gap by clarifying the biological link between birth intervals and offspring mortality in a general evolutionary framework,” he said.
La Roche-sur-Yon- A French veteran made more than 10,000 euros on Friday selling four photo albums he took from Adolf Hitler’s mountain retreat as “a souvenir” in the final days of World War II.The albums, which contain pictures and messages of admiration, were presented to Hitler by supporters in the 1930s and early 1940s. Two of them are bound in red leather with the Reich eagle engraved on the cover.The books were sold at auction in La Roche-sur-Yon in France’s western Loire region. They went to a single buyer who paid a total sum of 10,100 euros ($13,700), an AFP reporter saw. Paul Gerbi, 92, who took the four items from Hitler’s library at his mansion, the Berghof, in Berchtesgaden in the southern state of Bavaria, said the proceeds from the sale make a nice gift for his grandchildren.Gerbi, who fought as a sergeant in General Philippe Leclerc’s 2nd Armoured Division, said he arrived at the mountain retreat in the Bavarian Alps on May 4, 1945, four days before the end of the war and four days after Hitler’s suicide in Berlin.“We were the first … The Americans arrived a bit later,” he said.“For us these are great memories because to arrive at Hitler’s place at the end of the war was great after all he had done.”Gerbi said that during the two days they spent at the Berghof they also sampled the “large number of excellent French wines” there.“My children did not want the albums, so I thought I might get something for them. I have lots of friends who sold stuff, especially after the war,” he said.
As if Curry didn’t have enough ways to shock and amaze NBA fans of the televiewing and stat-crunching variety alike, his on/off court numbers are freaking ridiculous. You can’t read about sports these days without coming across quasi-thinkpieces about how the Warriors have reinvented basketball. Maybe, maybe not. But one thing is clear: Having a point guard who can shoot at a 45 percent rate past 28 feet — often well-defended — completely wrecks the game.CORRECTION (Feb. 14, 3 p.m.): A previous version of this article referred incorrectly to Paul George’s team. It is the Indiana Pacers, not the Indianapolis Pacers.CORRECTION (Feb. 12, 7:55 p.m.): A previous version of this article misidentified Paul Millsap’s team. It is the Atlanta Hawks, not the Atlanta Falcons. Although basketball now attracts more nerds than Comic Con, basketball statistics are still all over the place. Maybe years of SportVU player-tracking data will someday bring clarity to the field, but for now it’s a kaleidoscope of imperfect metrics. Virtually all stats that try to infer player value from the various on-court actions (shots, rebounds, assists, etc.) are subject to biases from things like roles and responsibilities and style of play, and no one has figured out how to measure intangible contributions like “being high-energy” or intangible detriments like mucking up a team’s offense.That’s one reason why indirect stats like plus-minus or with or without you (WOWY) are now a big part of basketball and hockey analysis (and are even starting to creep into football). While basic plus-minuses have been around for a long time, the granularity of data and methodology to isolate individual cases has come a long way. The kind of plus-minus you find in the box score doesn’t account for things like who else was on the floor and when those minutes came (garbage time, for instance). But with play-by-play data and sites like nbawowy.com, you can filter and compare different situations and find more meaningful patterns.This kind of analysis also has limitations, but it acts as kind of a check against efficiency and box score stats, and it can help identify spots where a player’s value is a mirage or where someone may contribute even more to his team than his stats suggest. It also catches the impact from things like defense better than virtually any standard stat does. But samples are small, and biases many.It isn’t so much that this approach is better as that it’s different enough from the more standard fare to add new information. And that’s our goal here, to add new information to what we know of each player based on observations of his impact, not to supplant other methods of estimating his contribution.Method:There are extremely complicated versions of adjusted plus-minus that adjust for every single player on the floor and end up giving you results that are interesting and comprehensive in some sense but are somewhat opaque. I’m going to keep it a bit simpler. I’m going to start with each player who made the All-Star team. If he had one or more teammate who also made the All-Star Game, I’ll compare how his team did with each combination of the players: that is, with neither player on the floor, with both players on the floor, and with each player on the floor without the other. If a player was the only one from his team to make the game, I used ESPN’s RPM-based estimation of wins added to pick his most important teammate and did the same (and in the case of the Warriors, who have three All-Stars, I did a more complicated version of the same). Then for a rough estimate of the player’s value — which I’ve called “Two-way WOWY impact” below — I averaged the impact he had by himself (versus neither him nor his teammate in the game) and the impact he had with his teammate (versus just his teammate). In other words, this gives equal weight to how much the player improves his team with and without his teammates’ help.Plus charts.Admittedly, some players get really jobbed by this (like virtually anyone on the San Antonio Spurs), and some players were fortunate to have a flattering teammate pairing.1The whole endeavor also tends to rate point guards very high, which I don’t think is necessarily because they’re “better” as much as that they tend to be less replaceable for their particular teams.All stats are through Tuesday’s games. To the list!24. LaMarcus Aldridge, PF, San Antonio Spurs (Selected by coaches)Real Plus-Minus 0.42, RPM Wins: +3.1Compared to: Kawhi Leonard (see below)Two-way WOWY impact: -6.3 points per 100 possessions The Spurs are a tricky case because they are so good from top to bottom, making Aldridge’s place at the bottom of this list as much a reflection of his team’s strength as his own play. As Neil Paine has written, their bench would be one of the NBA’s best teams in its own right. And while Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard will represent them in the All-Star Game, stalwarts like Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili are still putting up huge stats (by RPM, the 39-year-old Duncan is the 10th-best player in basketball this year). Although the Spurs have been playing great with Aldridge on the floor, at least so far this season, they’ve been playing just as well without him. The chart comparing the relative impacts of him and Leonard is under Leonard’s entry below.23. Dwyane Wade, SG, Miami Heat (Selected by fans)RPM -0.37, RPM Wins: +2.5Compared to: Chris Bosh (see below)Two-way WOWY impact: -5.5 points per 100 possessions Wade is nowhere near the player he once was, and his appearance in the East lineup is driven by the same kind of fan voting loyalty that has Kobe Bryant starting in the West.22. DeMar DeRozan, SG, Toronto Raptors (Coaches)RPM 0.36, RPM Wins: +3.9Compared to: Kyle Lowry (see below)Two-way WOWY impact: -4.5 points per 100 possessions The Raptors were rewarded with a second player by the East coaches, presumably because the conference is a bit weak on shooting guards, but the data suggests that DeRozan is riding his teammate Kyle Lowry’s coattails.21. Paul Millsap, PF, Atlanta Hawks (Coaches)RPM 6.48, RPM Wins: +10.0Compared to: Al HorfordHawks with both: -0.6 | Millsap alone: +2.6 | Horford alone: +3 | Neither: -0.9Two-way WOWY impact: -0.1 points per 100 possessions Despite Millsap’s stellar RPM numbers, the Hawks have not improved dramatically with him on the floor. Al Horford has been fully capable of leading the team on his own when Millsap has been out, and when the two have played together, the team has done about the same as it has with neither player.20. Chris Bosh, PF, Miami Heat (Coaches)RPM 5.11, RPM Wins: +8.6Compared to: Dwyane WadeHeat with both: -1.8 | Wade alone: -3.1 | Bosh alone: +3.1 | Neither: +3Two-way WOWY impact: +0.7 points per 100 possessions Bosh has been getting a fair amount of good press, and he’s put up some good numbers this year. However, his WOWY impact has been minimal, and his partnership with Wade is no longer instilling fear in anyone’s heart. 19. Jimmy Butler, SG, Chicago Bulls (Coaches)RPM 4.56, RPM Wins: +8.8Compared to: Pau GasolBulls with both: +2.6 | Butler alone: -4.5 | Gasol alone: -1.1 | Neither: -2.6Two-way WOWY impact: +0.9 points per 100 possessions Butler has emerged as the new star of the Chicago Bulls, which goes to show that if you score 20 points per game for a winning team, a lot of people will think you’re really good. Yet Pau Gasol (Butler’s injury replacement on the All-Star roster) has had a better impact for his team, estimated at 4.3 points per 100 possessions.18. Kobe Bryant, SF, Los Angeles Lakers (Fans)RPM -3.53, RPM Wins: -0.3Compared to: Brandon BassLakers with both: +5.5 | Bryant alone: -18.2 | Bass alone: -10.2 | Neither: -5Two-way WOWY impact: +1.3 points per 100 possessions The most shocking thing about Kobe is that he made it to 18th on this list when he may literally be one of the worst players in the NBA this year, helping make the Lakers one of the most embarrassing franchises in sports. And in the 38 percent of Lakers possessions with Kobe on the floor with no help from Brandon Bass — not exactly a game-changer, but the highest-rated Laker for now — they’ve been losing by 18 points per 100 possessions. Yet, call it good fortune or what you will, but the pairing of Bryant and Bass has been effective for the Lakers, which is enough to elevate Bryant’s contributions from team-destroyer to about neutral.17. Klay Thompson, SG, Golden State Warriors (Coaches)RPM 1.08, RPM Wins: +4.5Compared to: Draymond Green, Stephen Curry (see below)Two-way WOWY impact: +1.7 points per 100 possessions The other “Splash Brother” has had some great games and flashy moments, but he is loved by neither advanced metrics nor WOWY. Let’s just say it’s hard to know exactly how valuable a shooter is when the other guard on his team gets as much attention as Stephen Curry does.16. James Harden, SG, Houston Rockets (Coaches)RPM 4.74, RPM Wins: +9.7Compared to: Dwight HowardRockets with both: +1.5 | Harden alone: -4 | Howard alone: -5.9 | Neither: -2.5Two-way WOWY impact: +3.0 points per 100 possessions Although the Rockets have been a big disappointment after making last year’s conference finals — with their star big man Dwight Howard even rumored to be on the trading block — Moreyball isn’t completely dead, as Harden’s shooting paired with Howard’s inside presence has at least been keeping the team in the positive.15. Isaiah Thomas, PG, Boston Celtics (Coaches)RPM 1.99, RPM Wins: +5.7Compared to: Jae CrowderCeltics with both: +7.1 | Thomas alone: +1 | Crowder alone: -0.1 | Neither: +2Two-way WOWY impact: +3.1 points per 100 possessions This is a great example of a situation where two players are only so-so on their own, but excel when they play together. Neither Isaiah Thomas nor Jae Crowder on his own provides much of an improvement on the rest of the squad, but put them on the floor together and the team has been very effective at +7.1 points per 100 possessions.14. Carmelo Anthony, SF, New York Knicks (Fans)RPM 3.9, RPM Wins: 6.9Compared to: Kristaps PorzingisKnicks with both: +4.5 | Anthony alone: -7.7 | Porzingis alone: -6.2 | Neither: -7.6Two-way WOWY impact: +5.3 points per 100 possessions Anthony has always taken a beating from statheads, but pairing him with 7-foot-3 rookie phenom Kristaps Porzingis has given the Knicks some quality possessions.13. Andre Drummond, C, Detroit Pistons (Coaches)RPM 4.56, RPM Wins: +8.4Compared to: Reggie JacksonPistons with both: +3.6 | Drummond alone: +2.5 | Jackson alone: +0.3 | Neither: -5.3Two-way WOWY impact: +5.5 points per 100 possessions Drummond combines rebounding production that Dennis Rodman might envy with free-throw shooting that makes Shaq look like Steve Nash. But so far this profile seems to be working for Drummond, who has had a big impact on the Pistons whether or not point guard Reggie Jackson is on the floor.12. Kawhi Leonard, SF, San Antonio Spurs (Fans)RPM 8.83, RPM Wins: +12.0Compared to: Lamarcus AldridgeSpurs with both: +11.3 | Leonard alone: +27.3 | Aldridge alone: +14 | Neither: +10.5Two-way WOWY impact: +7.1 points per 100 possessions The only surprise here is that Leonard is this low, yet he’s still projecting to improve the powerhouse Spurs by about 7 points per 100 possessions — remarkable for a team as talented and as balanced as this one.11. John Wall, PG, Washington Wizards (Coaches)RPM 3.09, RPM Wins: +7.1Compared to: Jared DudleyWizards with both: +2.3 | Wall alone: -5.1 | Dudley alone: -10.3 | Neither: -8.6Two-way WOWY impact: +8.0 points per 100 possessions The rest of Wall’s Washington Wizards are so bad that 30-year-old journeyman Jared Dudley — who plays fewer than 30 minutes a game and averages 9 points — emerged as his most significant teammate by RPM. Although the Wizards are a losing squad, they consistently do better with Wall on the floor.10. Anthony Davis, PF, New Orleans Pelicans (Coaches)RPM 2.66, RPM Wins: +5.8Compared to: Jrue HolidayPelicans with both: +2.7 | Davis alone: -8.7 | Holiday alone: -6.1 | Neither: -17.4Two-way WOWY impact: +8.7 points per 100 possessions The Pelicans have disappointed this year, causing many to question whether Davis is actually the basketball revolution that he seemed to be a year or so ago. Yet they are a winning squad with him and point guard Jrue Holiday on the floor, and a comically terrible -17 points per 100 with neither of them.9. Paul George, SF, Indiana Pacers (Fans)RPM 5.24, RPM Wins: +9.7Compared to: Ian MahinmiPacers with both: +4.6 | George alone: +5.4 | Mahinmi alone: -6.6 | Neither: -3.5Two-way WOWY impact: +10.1 points per 100 possessions George has cooled off a bit from his blazing start to the season and clearly benefits here from being paired with Ian Mahinmi (the Pacers with bigger roles haven’t been very impressive). But overall his comeback year after last season’s injury has been spectacular, with him shooting well and often from distance.8. Kevin Durant, SF, Oklahoma City Thunder (Fans)RPM 6.43, RPM Wins: +10.0Compared to: Russell Westbrook (see below)Two-way WOWY impact: +10.4 points per 100 possessions Speaking of players who have returned from injury to reclaim their rightful spots among the best forwards in basketball, Durant has been having another remarkable year. Although the Thunder are now widely thought to be Russell Westbrook’s team, Durant has picked up about exactly where he left off. More on this duo below.7. DeMarcus Cousins, Center, Sacramento Kings (Coaches)RPM 6.66, RPM Wins: +9.2Compared to: Omri CasspiKings with both: +7.4 | Cousins alone: -3.7 | Casspi alone: -5.1 | Neither: -13.2Two-way WOWY impact: +11.0 points per 100 possessions Cousins has been a real headline-maker this year, yet his ball-demanding, trail-three-popping style has been one of the great statistical success stories amid all the chaos in Sacramento. Yet it’s worth noting that Omri Casspi — despite playing fewer minutes and having a less-eye-catching statistical and/or public profile, has had a similarly strong effect. With both of them on the floor, Sacramento looks like a strong team.6. Russell Westbrook, PG, Oklahoma City Thunder (Fans)RPM 9.59, RPM Wins: +14.6Compared to: Kevin DurantThunder with both: +13.8 | Durant alone: +7.3 | Westbrook alone: +7.9 | Neither: -7.6Two-way WOWY impact: +11.0 points per 100 possessions Westbrook led the league in scoring last year by shooting and shooting and shooting and shooting (see the second chart in this story), but he has the impact to go with those gaudy numbers.5. Draymond Green, PF, Golden State Warriors (Coaches)RPM 9.49, RPM Wins: +14.2Compared to: Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry (see below)Two-way WOWY impact: +11.3 points per 100 possessions Green is nearly as much of a defensive outlier as Stephen Curry is an offensive one, and he can rebound and shoot open threes when called to as well. Like Curry, he may be the best in his position in the league, while completely redefining what that position means.4. LeBron James, SF, Cleveland Cavaliers (Fans)RPM 8.23, RPM Wins: +12.2Compared to: Kevin LoveCavaliers with both: +12.7 | James alone: +3.9 | Love alone: -8.1 | Neither: -4Two-way WOWY impact: +14.4 points per 100 possessions Although he seems perpetually frustrated with not winning 100 percent of his games, James is still one of the best players in basketball, and his very existence practically demands that everyone shut up already and accept that “impactful” is a real thing.3. Kyle Lowry, PG, Toronto Raptors (Fans)RPM 7.45, RPM Wins: +12.0Compared to: DeMar DeRozanRaptors with both: +2.7 | Lowry alone: +20.7 | DeRozan alone: +1.6 | Neither: -7.5Two-way WOWY impact: +14.7 points per 100 possessions Lowry has been an absolute force for Toronto, leading the Raptors’ surge to the second-best record in the East. He’s attempting a career-high seven threes per game and making a career-high 39 percent of them. If these numbers are at all representative, however, DeRozan appears to be dragging Lowry down more than anything. This kind of dynamic isn’t uncommon with mediocre shooting guards playing with good scoring point guards — their contributions may range from redundant to net negative.2. Chris Paul, PG, Los Angeles Clippers (Coaches)RPM 7.2, RPM Wins: +9.6Compared to: DeAndre JordanClippers with both: +10.3 | Paul alone: +14.7 | Jordan alone: +3.4 | Neither: -11.3Two-way WOWY impact: +16.5 points per 100 possessions Point god Chris Paul has practically perfected the classic point guard skill set on both ends of the floor. Unfortunately, classic basketball can only take you so far these days, as the Clippers are on track for another heartbreaking loss in the conference semifinals.1. Stephen Curry, PG, Golden State Warriors (Fans)RPM 10.97, RPM Wins: +15.4Compared to: Klay Thompson, Draymond GreenTeam with all three: +20.2 | Curry alone: +9.8 | Green and Thompson alone: +1.3 | None: -11.8Two-way WOWY impact: +20.2 points per 100 possessions Just so all three of these All-Stars get their due, here’s a not-to-scale diagram of the on/off combinations for all three players: