The gulf between LeBron and the rest of the Cavs, and how well-balanced the Warriors are as a team

In case you missed it on Reddit, we had a great uptake on our summary analysis of the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors throughout the playoffs. We showcased an intuitive way to compare points, assists, and rebounds between players in 3D. Our post received over 2000 upvotes and was seen by over 100,000 unique users between Reddit and Imgur. Here is the post in its entirety:

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The following graphs are 3D scatter plots co-ordinating performances of players by Points (x-axis), Assists (y-axis) and Rebounds (z-axis). Essentially the further away you are from the origin at the near-bottom-left, the better.

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LeBron was absolutely immense in the playoffs. When looking at his (Points/Assists/Rebounds) performances in comparison to the rest of the Cavs starters, it’s alarming how legitimately one could argue James’ worst games were better than anyone else on the team’s best.

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Whereas when you look at the Warriors’ charts, you get a much healthier team distribution of effort. What becomes clear when looking at the individual players’ charts is how each of the Warriors occupies a space that complements the rest of the team (while also scoring a ton).

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KD was an absolute scoring force throughout the playoffs, with decent consistency in assisting and rebounding too.

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Draymond was sneakily great throughout the playoffs, racking up top rebound and assist numbers, while usually putting up double-digit scoring nights. Rumours of his decline in some corners appear greatly exaggerated.

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Klay Thompson had a quiet postseason, but still contributed >20pts a game on average. Even if his performance stats appear timid compared to the rest of his team, these stats on the Cavs would have made him the second-best player on the team.

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Steph may have joined the party late, but his scoring ability didn’t miss a beat. He often had high assist numbers, as well as a decent count of rebounds for one of the shortest guys out on the court.

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Lastly, the gulf between LeBron and the rest of his teammates couldn’t be more stark when you overlay the graphs of both teams’ production, with the Warriors cutting through the gap between King James and the other Cavs like Moses through the Red Sea.