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RPM stats are out and there are some surprises with the Chicago Bulls ratings

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Denz is No. 1

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ESPN.com recently released a batch of leaguewide real plus-minus numbers.

Here’s a breakdown of what it all means and how it is calculated. The gist of it is that real plus-minus estimates how many points per 100 possessions a player adds or subtracts while adjusting for the effects of teammates and opponents.

There were some surprises in terms of how some of the Chicago Bulls players fared in the RPM department. () = 2018 RPM.

Denzel Valentine: 5.76 (N/A)

Shaq Harrison: 2.33 (-3.09)

Wendell Carter Jr.: 2.01

Kris Dunn: 1.67 (-1.87)

Tomas Satoransky: 0.45 (0.56)

Ryan Arcidiacono: 0.10 (0.08)

Daniel Gafford: 0.04 (N/A)

Otto Porter Jr.: -0.08 (1.24)

Chandler Hutchison: -0.52 (-3.09)

Zach LaVine: -0.65 (-0.49)

Thaddeus Young: -0.79 (1.89)

Coby White: -0.98 (N/A)

Lauri Markkanen: -1.33 (0.03)

Luke Kornet: -2.76 (1.46)

  • Valentine’s RPM isn’t a typo. Not only is it the best score on the Bulls, but it is also seventh highest in the entire NBA. Since being reinstated in head coach Jim Boylen’s regular rotation, Valentine has averaged 7.8 points and 1.7 assists per game on efficient shooting. But what’s causing that RPM to jet so far up is the fact that opponents have been 17 points better offensively when Valentine sits than when he plays.
  • Who would have guessed that Kris Dunn would have the highest RPM among the guys the Bulls got in the infamous Jimmy Butler trade?
  • Five out of the seven Bulls players with positive RPM’s are backups.

Below is another all-encompassing statistic, Total Points Added. This is total production so it’s influenced by minutes played. Not a single Bull is producing positively on both ends: