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Player Comparison #2

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It's no secret that Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson has been playing like a man possessed this season. Averaging career-highs across the board statistically, Nelson has truly catapulted his play into a different stratosphere, solidifying himself as a legitimate All-Star caliber player this season. However, Nelson's impressive rise to stardom can't avoid what's about to happen.

I've decided, once again, that I want to play a game. 

 

Below I present two players.

 

Player A

Season:

Minutes Per Game (31.5)

- 19.5 PPG (per 36 minutes)

- 21.1 PER

- Offensive Rating (122)

- Win Shares (9.8)

 

Player B

Season:

Minutes Per Game (37.7)

- 20.0 PPG (per 36 minutes)

- 20.8 PER

- Offensive Rating (119)

- Win Shares (11.0)

 

One of these two players is indeed Jameer Nelson. The other player, however, can not be named. It can be stated that this player, like Nelson, shared a similar home-grown path to the NBA. Both players entered the league at the age of 22. Similarities abound, but differences exist. 

 

Can you decipher who is who? Make your choice.

 

Click after the jump to see the results.

 

[Share your guess in the comments section, if you'd like].

 

Jameer Nelson

2008-2009 Season

- 19.5 PPG (per 36 minutes)

- 21.1 PER

- Offensive Rating (122)

- projected Win Shares (9.8) in 82 games

 

Anfernee Hardaway

1994-1995 Season

- 20.0 PPG (per 36 minutes)

- 20.8 PER

- Offensive Rating (119)

- Win Shares (11.0) in 82 games

 

If you guessed Hardaway as the connection to Nelson, congratulations, you have won the game.

 

But if you didn't, be lucky that the penalty isn't impending death.

 

Until next time.