So...do you like NBA stats?? Then check out 82games.com where stats are God.
The site attempts to figure out stats that signify the importance of a player. Such as the +/- stat like they use in hockey. The stat is designed to show what happens when a player is actually on the court. Joe Johnson of the Phoenix Suns is the current +/- leader in the playoffs with a +62 differencial.
They also have a stat called "player pairs" which shows the value of certain teammates. Whenever Phoenix's Steve Nash and Shawn Marion were on the floor together...they outscored their opponents by 664 points, the highest in the NBA. For my Lakers...the best pair to have on the court was Brian Cook and Chuck Atkins, who were a +120 when on the court together.
They then have the Roland Ratings....which is the differential from when a player in ON the court to when he is OFF the court. Tim Duncan led this stat. When he was on the court...the Spurs outscored opponents by 15.1 pts per 48 minutes. When he sat on the bench...they were outscored by 1.4 pts. So, he is worth 16.6 pts by being on the court.
They also have figured out who assisted to who the most. Again, the Suns Steve Nash and Shawn Marion appear in a stat. Nash assisted Marion 215 times this season [Nash to Stoudemire was 2nd]. Also, they figured out the players who rely on another player to give him his assists. Jason Kidd assisted on 60% on Vince Carter's made FGs off of assists.
And, what may be the most interesting collection of stats yet.....they've got a W-L list of when a player was on the court. Meaning...if, say the Lakers were playing the Kings....and when Kobe Bryant was on the floor, the Lakers outscored the Kings, he gets a win....even if the Lakers ultimately lost the game. This past season....Kobe was 33-31. Meaning.....33 times the Lakers outscored their opponent while he was on the court.....and 31 times the Lakers were outscored by their opponent while he was on the court.