I have posted the 2011-12 NBA Marginal Win Score Win Numbers for the 2012 US Olympic Basketball team on my LiveJournal site (click here). For now, I am going to post all statistical numbers there, because they post the precise way I want them to (in a readable, organized form).
I must say that the selections made over the weekend were rather inspired. Every single player selected (Andre Iguodala, Blake Griffin, and James Harden) posted an “elite” level Marginal Win Score (meaning their personal winning percentages were each greater than a thousand percent) whereas none of the players they were competing against (Rudy Gay, Eric Gordon, and Anthony Davis) posted numbers anywhere close (though in fairness to Davis, he does project as an Elite level win producer.)
At the same time, the 2 NBAers who were cut would qualify as pure “scorers” whereas the 3 that were kept probably would not. Does this mean the NBA establishment is becoming “switched on” (as Brits would say) to the Win Score revolution? Only time will tell.
NOT AS POWERFUL AS 2008
With all that being said, the 2012 team does not project to be nearly as strong as the 2008 team. In particular, the team will be missing a big post presence in Dwight Howard, and if Chris Paul is injured, the 2012 team will be very thin at Point Guard (backup Deron Williams is the only player on the roster who posted a negative Marginal Win Score last NBA season, and the other backup Russell Westbrook is notorious for overshooting). Moreover, I have no dreaming idea how Carmelo Anthony made the team. He has NEVER been an elite player… he is strictly a volume scorer.
Even so, any team featuring LeBron James, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Tyson Chandler and Blake Griffin should be very formidable indeed. But remember, most every team can be beaten in a one-off. And as great as that 2008 team was, they were almost knocked off by a clearly inferior Spanish team. So I am guaranteeing nothing, but the US team should be a heavy favorite to bring home gold from the British Isles this summer.