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February 10, 2012, 03:05 PM ET
Franchise “Wins Above Average” Leaders

by Neil Paine

For my LeBron James piece today, I had to calculate player “winning percentages” using stats from Dean Oliver’s book Basketball on Paper. Using the percentage of team minutes a player has played and his team’s # of scheduled games, I can also turn those winning percentages into player Wins Above Average, or the number of wins a player would add to a hypothetical average team.

Since the hoops cognoscenti has been debating all week who the “Greatest Laker” is, I thought I’d tally those numbers up for every player since 1974 (not including ABA data) and list each franchise’s top (and bottom) five players in cumulative WAA:

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Atlanta Hawks
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Dominique Wilkins        68.2
John Drew                38.6
Mookie Blaylock          24.0
Dan Roundfield           21.4
Doc Rivers               19.3
...
Tom Henderson            -7.9
Boris Diaw               -8.3
Randy Wittman            -8.6
Armond Hill             -15.5
Jon Koncak              -22.2
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Boston Celtics
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Larry Bird               99.2
Paul Pierce              79.4
Kevin McHale             59.4
Robert Parish            57.6
Cedric Maxwell           25.6
...
Quinn Buckner            -5.8
Brian Scalabrine         -8.1
Chris Ford               -8.8
Eric Williams            -9.2
Walter McCarty          -12.5
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Charlotte Bobcats
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Gerald Wallace           13.6
Emeka Okafor              3.3
Jason Richardson          2.7
D.J. Augustin             1.5
Nazr Mohammed             0.8
...
Matt Carroll             -5.3
Melvin Ely               -5.3
Jeff McInnis             -6.4
Raymond Felton           -8.0
Adam Morrison            -8.2
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Chicago Bulls
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Michael Jordan          164.4
Scottie Pippen           52.1
Artis Gilmore            37.0
Horace Grant             20.3
Toni Kukoc               20.1
...
Norm Van Lier            -8.7
Bill Cartwright          -9.8
John Paxson             -10.1
Trenton Hassell         -11.4
Dave Corzine            -12.4
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Cleveland Cavaliers
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LeBron James             79.2
Mark Price               36.6
Brad Daugherty           30.1
Zydrunas Ilgauskas       27.7
Larry Nance              26.9
...
Ira Newble               -9.6
John Bagley             -10.0
Jim Brewer              -10.7
Cedric Henderson        -12.3
Eric Snow               -13.5
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Dallas Mavericks
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Dirk Nowitzki           111.0
Mark Aguirre             26.6
Jason Terry              24.8
Steve Nash               18.6
Rolando Blackman         17.3
...
Hubert Davis             -9.9
James Donaldson         -11.2
Terry Davis             -11.5
Lorenzo Williams        -11.5
Herb Williams           -12.1
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Denver Nuggets
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Dan Issel                46.4
Alex English             43.4
Carmelo Anthony          29.9
David Thompson           24.8
Fat Lever                17.7
...
Joe Wolf                 -9.8
Charlie Scott           -10.5
Bill Hanzlik            -12.3
Bob Wilkerson           -14.0
T.R. Dunn               -34.1
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Detroit Pistons
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Chauncey Billups         48.3
Bob Lanier               43.7
Grant Hill               39.1
Isiah Thomas             29.8
Bill Laimbeer            27.8
...
Leon Douglas             -7.3
Ron Lee                  -7.8
Chris Ford              -11.6
Michael Curry           -15.0
Lindsey Hunter          -16.3
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Golden State Warriors
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Rick Barry               30.9
Chris Mullin             28.8
Tim Hardaway             14.6
Purvis Short             11.6
Baron Davis              10.9
...
Jerome Whitehead         -8.9
Erick Dampier            -8.9
Manute Bol              -10.0
Larry Smith             -14.2
Adonal Foyle            -20.4
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Houston Rockets
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Hakeem Olajuwon         104.8
Moses Malone             44.9
Yao Ming                 44.9
Calvin Murphy            22.9
Tracy McGrady            21.4
...
Caldwell Jones           -7.1
Major Jones              -7.6
Ed Ratleff               -7.6
Robert Reid              -9.8
Tom Henderson           -10.1
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Indiana Pacers
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Reggie Miller            83.8
Jermaine O'Neal          20.8
Rik Smits                19.2
Detlef Schrempf          18.4
Billy Knight             16.8
...
George McCloud           -8.0
Jerry Sichting           -8.5
Herb Williams           -10.5
Brandon Rush            -11.2
LaSalle Thompson        -12.1
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L.A. Clippers
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Elton Brand              41.6
Bob McAdoo               33.8
Corey Maggette           22.1
World B. Free            12.0
Randy Smith              10.5
...
Chris Kaman             -12.9
Quinton Ross            -12.9
Ernie DiGregorio        -13.0
Gary Grant              -15.1
Michael Olowokandi      -23.7
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L.A. Lakers
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Kobe Bryant             115.8
Magic Johnson           106.9
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar     100.5
Shaquille O'Neal         75.3
Pau Gasol                30.5
...
Rick Fox                 -7.4
Luke Walton              -8.3
Don Ford                 -8.9
Michael Cooper           -9.5
Derek Fisher            -15.1
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Memphis Grizzlies
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Pau Gasol                28.6
Zach Randolph            11.9
Shareef Abdur-Rahim      10.7
Marc Gasol                7.8
Mike Miller               5.2
...
Dahntay Jones            -7.1
Grant Long               -8.9
Blue Edwards            -10.0
Lee Mayberry            -10.1
Bryant Reeves           -12.8
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Miami Heat
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Dwyane Wade              64.3
Alonzo Mourning          39.2
Tim Hardaway             25.7
LeBron James             17.4
Eddie Jones              17.1
...
Daequan Cook             -8.0
Rory Sparrow             -8.7
Anthony Carter           -9.4
Keith Askins            -10.2
Kevin Edwards           -12.1
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Milwaukee Bucks
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Sidney Moncrief          48.7
Marques Johnson          42.2
Ray Allen                25.3
Michael Redd             25.3
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar      23.2
...
Kevin Restani            -8.7
Ervin Johnson            -9.9
Charlie Bell            -10.7
Lee Mayberry            -12.1
Harvey Catchings        -12.3
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Minnesota T-Wolves
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Kevin Garnett            87.5
Kevin Love               14.7
Terrell Brandon          11.7
Wally Szczerbiak         11.2
Sam Cassell              10.3
...
Sebastian Telfair        -9.4
Sam Mitchell            -10.6
Corey Brewer            -12.8
Trenton Hassell         -16.2
Doug West               -20.6
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New Jersey Nets
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Jason Kidd               26.7
Vince Carter             26.4
Richard Jefferson        19.6
Derrick Coleman          17.4
Buck Williams            13.9
...
Trenton Hassell          -7.9
Tim Bassett             -12.0
George Johnson          -12.8
Jan Van Breda Kolff     -16.2
Jason Collins           -21.4
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New Orleans Hornets
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Chris Paul               54.0
David West               19.0
Larry Johnson            15.4
Alonzo Mourning          12.9
Glen Rice                12.2
...
George Lynch             -8.0
Rasual Butler            -9.8
Rex Chapman              -9.9
Desmond Mason           -10.0
J.R. Reid               -11.4
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New York Knicks
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Patrick Ewing            74.5
Bill Cartwright          24.5
Bernard King             18.6
John Starks              15.2
Walt Frazier             14.6
...
Rory Sparrow             -8.9
Gerald Wilkins           -9.6
Quentin Richardson      -10.5
Bill Bradley            -12.6
Jared Jeffries          -14.7
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Oklahoma City Thunder
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Gary Payton              66.9
Shawn Kemp               40.3
Jack Sikma               34.1
Gus Williams             29.0
Detlef Schrempf          26.7
...
John Johnson             -8.6
Johan Petro              -8.8
Damien Wilkins           -9.2
Earl Watson             -10.3
Danny Vranes            -13.5
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Orlando Magic
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Dwight Howard            51.1
Tracy McGrady            36.3
Shaquille O'Neal         35.2
Anfernee Hardaway        25.3
Darrell Armstrong        13.9
...
Brian Shaw               -9.1
DeShawn Stevenson        -9.1
Pat Garrity             -10.1
Greg Kite               -12.7
Jeff Turner             -16.3
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Philadelphia 76ers
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Charles Barkley          72.6
Julius Erving            66.0
Allen Iverson            49.0
Moses Malone             30.3
Maurice Cheeks           22.0
...
Tim Perry                -9.3
Clint Richardson         -9.7
Manute Bol              -12.0
Willie Green            -13.4
Caldwell Jones          -13.5
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Phoenix Suns
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Kevin Johnson            54.8
Shawn Marion             48.0
Steve Nash               46.5
Amare Stoudemire         42.1
Walter Davis             34.0
...
Joe Johnson              -6.9
Raja Bell                -7.0
Don Buse                 -7.6
Alvin Scott              -8.6
Dennis Awtrey           -12.3
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Portland Trail Blazers
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Clyde Drexler            67.4
Terry Porter             33.7
Arvydas Sabonis          28.9
Rasheed Wallace          25.4
LaMarcus Aldridge        20.3
...
Larry Steele             -6.7
Joel Przybilla           -6.9
Chris Dudley             -7.3
Martell Webster          -7.5
Caldwell Jones          -12.4
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Sacramento Kings
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Chris Webber             27.9
Peja Stojakovic          26.6
Mitch Richmond           21.4
Otis Birdsong            14.0
Mike Bibby               13.9
...
Jason Williams           -7.9
Donte Greene             -8.0
Duane Causwell           -9.6
Lionel Simmons           -9.9
Bobby Hurley            -10.1
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San Antonio Spurs
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David Robinson          130.6
Tim Duncan              125.9
George Gervin            54.9
Manu Ginobili            54.9
Tony Parker              40.1
...
Greg Anderson            -7.6
Dave Greenwood           -7.7
Vernon Maxwell           -8.6
Mike Gale                -9.1
Bruce Bowen             -26.9
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Toronto Raptors
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Chris Bosh               33.0
Vince Carter             29.1
Donyell Marshall          7.1
Jose Calderon             6.9
Tracy McGrady             3.6
...
Sonny Weems              -5.7
Jason Kapono             -6.1
Alvin Williams           -6.5
Andrea Bargnani          -6.7
Charles Oakley          -10.8
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Utah Jazz
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Karl Malone             165.9
John Stockton           126.0
Adrian Dantley           53.3
Jeff Hornacek            26.5
Andrei Kirilenko         25.4
...
Bob Hansen              -10.0
E.C. Coleman            -10.6
Darrell Griffith        -15.6
Jeff Wilkins            -16.1
Mark Eaton              -37.9
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Washington Wizards
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Elvin Hayes              29.1
Gilbert Arenas           24.3
Jeff Ruland              16.7
Antawn Jamison           14.0
Moses Malone             11.9
...
Jarvis Hayes            -10.3
Jared Jeffries          -10.6
DeShawn Stevenson       -10.7
Calbert Cheaney         -14.1
Charles Jones           -25.3
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Email Neil at np@sports-reference.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Neil_Paine.

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