With the postseason officially around the corner and teams jockeying for position, it's time for another edition of the NBA mailbag.
Throughout the NBA season, I will be answering your questions about the latest, most interesting topics in basketball. You can tweet me directly at @kpelton, tweet your questions using the hashtag #peltonmailbag or email them to email@example.com.
This week's edition of the NBA mailbag includes:
- A WNBA comp for Luka Doncic?
- Whether an MVP has ever not been the best player on his own team
- Winning without many points from your leading scorer
"Is Diana Taurasi a good comparison for what we've seen from Luka Doncic as a rising star in the NBA?"
-- David, Park City
Comparisons for Doncic have been such a popular pastime that my colleague Tim MacMahon and I teamed up to write a story about them during the 2020 playoffs, but the leading scorer in WNBA history is a fun new one.
As a starting point to quantify this idea, let's look at an updated list of most the similar seasons based on a modified version of my SCHOENE projection system, which looks at several key statistical indicators, height and weight. (The full SCHOENE projections incorporate weighted performance over three seasons; this version uses only a single season.)