RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC ? APRIL 30, 2008: With the best record in the NBA during the 2007-08 regular season, the Boston Celtics featured the most effective five-man player combination in the league and are well positioned to win their first championship in 22 years, according to the Lenovo Stat on NBA.com.
The Lenovo Stat, a plus/minus statistic that demonstrates the power of teamwork by analyzing the most effective combinations of players on each team, revealed the five-man lineup of Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kendrick Perkins and Rajon Rondo to be the most powerful on the court with a Lenovo Stat ranking of +396.
The New Orleans Hornets followed with the NBA?s second best Lenovo Stat combination, which included Peja Stojakovic, Morris Peterson, Tyson Chandler, David West and Chris Paul (+256). The Detroit Pistons finished third with Antonio McDyess, Rasheed Wallace, Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince accumulating a Lenovo Stat ranking of +240. Notably, the Los Angeles Lakers who entered the NBA Playoffs as the number one seed in the Western Conference finished with three different Lenovo Stat player combinations in the top 10.
Lenovo and the NBA unveiled the Lenovo Stat at the beginning of the 2006-07 season. It is a plus/minus statistic that calculates the point differential when a player, or combination of players, is in the game to see what effect they have on the team. The Lenovo Stat demonstrates the best-engineered combination of teammates on the court for every NBA game and is available on NBA.com and NBA TV at the end of each game.
TOP 10 LENOVO STAT RANKINGS FOR 2007-08 NBA REGULAR SEASON