Does the All Around ranking system favor front court players?

MailbagReaching into the figurative reader mailbag, PSU76 over at PennStateHoops.com raises this question:

Are assists included anywhere? It seems the ratings will unfairly have a bias towards forwards/centers since they are less prone to turnovers and have more opportunities for rebounds than guards.

They are included in the scoring section. An assist is equivalent to .7 of a point. So in the case of Drew Neitzel his per game scoring average of 14.3, which ranks 8th, gets a bump of .7 x 4.7 to 17.6, or 5th overall.

Thus the guards have more of an opportunity to uplift their scoring than the guys in the front court do.

Also if the methodology favored the forwards/centers then we would expect a disproportionate number of them to rise to the top.

If I breakdown the 30 guys I analyzed, they fall into the following four buckets.

Guards = 16 or 53%
Wings = 7 or 23%
Forwards = 5 or 17%
Centers = 2 or 7%

When I look at the All Around top ten list and break them down, I get:

Guards = 6 or 60%
Wings = 2 or 20%
Forwards = 2 or 20%
Centers = 0 or 0%

Certainly, that’s no indicator of any position prejudice. If one of those guards had been a center, it would have been smack on the expected percentage – and given that the 10th guy was a guard and both the #11 and #12 are centers, that almost happened. So I’d say the position breakdown supports that the system doesn’t favor any one position over another.

Now what it does show is that guards are getting a lot of playing time, since there would appear to be a disproportionate number of them in the top 30 in mpg. The fair question might be why? First guess would be that a lot of teams might be utilizing a lot of three guard offense. Whether that’s true or not I will have to leave up to the guys who watch every game.