Basketball-Reference.com was very quick to get the 2005 regular season stats up, which means that their similarity scores are up too. Go here for the full definition, they basically compare a players' season with anothers at the same age using a variety of physical and statistical factors. So the players' best comp means that at that age they had the most similar season, NOT that they've had the most similar career up to that season.
With a young team like the Bulls, these can serve as an interesting look into the potential future of their core. Obviously a career path can take multiple directions at such a young age, so these aren't meant to inspire or depress (based on the comps), just found them interesting...
|Andres Nocioni||25||Chris Carr||852|
|Kirk Hinrich||24||Winston Garland||884||*Also most simlar at age 23|
|Chris Duhon||22||Lee Mayberry||896|
|Eddy Curry||22||Maurice Taylor||878||*Also most simlar at age 21|
|Tyson Chandler||22||Shawn Bradley||836|
|Ben Gordon||21||Ray Allen||812|
|Luol Deng||19||Josh Smith||823|
If you look at the full explanation, there are obviously some limitations. First off there is only one comparison listed, there may be several other good/poor players that have had nearly as similar seasons to the best cops. As far as the method, there is little consideration to defense outside of fouls and blocks, and every factor of the player is weighted equally. I'm not going to pretend *I* know how to do it better, I just am trying to look for any reason to avoid visions of a Bradley/Taylor frontcourt. However, that Ben Gordon comp (while with a low similarity score) looks awfully good, so I guess you take the good with the bad.
When John Hollinger releases his new Basketball Forecast, I'll let you know what his findings (he computes these scores under a different forumla) were.