Developing a Rating System for SOM Hoopsby Dave Little Summary Total Card Ratings :
Other Players: Laettner 26.87; Blaylock 39.43; Stockton 64.47 Comment on card ratings:For draft purposes, I find it useful to know total card ratings. However, it is probably more useful to know the comparison of the player to the other players at his position. For example, Michael Jordan is recognized as the most talented player in the game. However, a large number of talented 2 guards are active in the NBA; the drop from Jordan to Reggie Miller, Steve Smith, Mitch Richmond, Latrell Sprewell, and similar players is not terribly steep. However, the pool of topnotch centers is not nearly so deep. Beyond Robinson, Olajuwon, and Ewing, (and Alonzo Mourning slightly behind this group), the 1996 pool of centers with 2000 minutes played drops rapidly. The solution to this problem is to determine a Zscore for each player at each position. The Zscore is probably familiar to scholars of statistics; it determines the relative distance from the mean for each player. The formula used is: Z = Rating  Average Standard Deviation The further above average, the higher the Zscore. Thus the Zscore is a measure of the extent to which a player excels with respect to his peers. Using this analysis for the 1996 card set (with a much less developed rating scale), the top 5 players in the 1996 card set (>2000 minutes played) were:
