Wednesday, January 03, 2007
My Tiger MVP So Far This Season
It was interesting to read other people's opinion on who or even if the Tigers have an MVP on this team.
I'm an analytical guy, so I tend to look at the numbers a lot (the science), but I also think you have to watch how a guy leads his team, makes smart, heads-up plays, provides energy or a spark when the team needs it (the art).
The obviously selections are either CDR or Jeremy Hunt. Noone else is really even close. To me a very distant 3rd would be Antonio Anderson, but I personally think he is having a sub-par year. Dozier might even be ahead of Anderson (but I'm still so disturbed that Robert was Missing In Action in Tucson for the Arizona game).
Anyway, to me the race between CDR and Jeremy is so close that it seems like a virtual tie. But, I'll go ahead and give my vote to Jeremy for the first 13 games of the season.
CDR leads in minutes 28.2 vs. 22.9, but that is understandable since Jeremy is the Tiger's 6th man. Once you time adjust all of the statistics, it appears to give Jeremy a slight edge over CDR and I believe Jeremy provides leadership, energy, intensity and better defense than sophomore CDR.
CDR leads in FG% 55.2% vs. 44.0%, but Jeremy is first on the team in 3 point FG% at 38.2% (29 3's). FT% edge goes to CDR 70.4% vs. 66.7%, Rebounds goes to CDR 4.6/rpg vs. 3.2/rpg, Assists are basically a tie, CDR 27, Hunt 25, but with less minutes. Turnovers are tied 21 to 21, but again CDR has played 69 more minutes. Blocks are even 6 to 5. Jeremy Hunt leads in steals 22 to 11. CDR leads in points per game, 15.8 vs. 13.0.