It’s hard to believe, but the first part of the regular season is over. Since Poythress’s injury, Calipari has somewhat abandoned the Platoon system that generated so much hype in the early part of the schedule. However, nine guys are still sharing time pretty equally; Willie Cauley-Stein (who leads the team in minutes) only averages 24.0 per game. This depth has helped Kentucky get off to a historically good start, however, it’s made evaluating the performance of individual players a bit more challenging. To see how each guy might perform if they were playing full games, here are each player’s per-36 minute averages thus far:
Some interesting observations: Devin Booker has led the team in points per minute. Dakari Johnson is second in both scoring and rebounding, and Karl Anthony Towns has averaged an absurd 4.4 blocks per 36 minutes. Almost all of the big guys are averaging a double-double, including Lyles, who plays the 3. Finally, despite the opinions of various media members, Andrew Harrison and Tyler Ulis have produced very similar numbers through the first part of the season.
Obviously, these stats might not hold up if the players were receiving more minutes due to factors like fatigue, but it’s still interesting to see how productive the guys have been in their somewhat limited playing time. Ultimately, as long as the team keeps dominating, these numbers are practically useless to everyone but NBA scouts. Let’s hope that happens.