Oftentimes, good players on bad teams might look like superstars because they’re padding stats during losses. Good players on succeeding teams tend to produce less for the greater good of the team.
“We ask players on championship teams to sacrifice shots, pass the ball, play defense, just do so many things that contribute to winning, and that affects your numbers,” Rivers continued. “Your numbers aren’t going to be as good, but your team wins. Yet, fans, media, every time I hear it, they’re talking about these guys on these sub.500 teams, and it just blows me away. Like, Tobias can get the same numbers anywhere and even bigger numbers if he was on a bad team, but what he is doing is winning basketball. I think him and Ben should get more credit for it.”
Simmons and Harris aren’t definitely out of the running just yet, but it seems the voting is trending in a direction towards leaving them out this season.