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5 Reasons Why The Cavs Are Better Than The Spurs This Season

David Richard | USA TODAY Sports

3. Player Efficiency Rating

The Cavaliers have four players (LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, and Timofey Mozgov) with at least a 19.0 Player Efficiency Rating (PER), while the Spurs only have two players (Kawhi Leonard and Tim Duncan) with such an efficiency rating (ESPN). PER takes into consideration a players accomplishments- positive ones such as field goals, free throws, three-pointers, assists, rebounds, blocks, and steals, and negative ones such as missed shots, turnovers, personal fouls. It is also adjusted per-minute and paced so that PER enables the comparison of two players, even if they do not play the same amount of time.

The PER’s of the rest of both rosters match up pretty evenly, so this shows quite the disparity between the Cavs and the Spurs. The Cavs are obviously playing well such that they are minimizing missed shots and turnovers, which bumps up their personal PERs.

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