Comparing relative productivity of Ford vs. Villanueva
Someone requested that I post the "CG" numbers of TJ Ford and Charlie Villanueva. What I was labeling "CG" is actually refered to by NBA.com as "Eff48". Essentially "Eff48" reflects the relative productivity of each player for each minute he is on the court. It computes his positives (points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks) then subtracts his negatives (Fg missed, Ft missed, turnovers) divides that by minutes played and then multiples the result by 48. I think it is the most revealing statistic in basketball.
Anyway, TJ Ford's Eff48 was 19.37. The average Eff48 for starting point guards in the Association was 22.29, and the mean was 21.64. In terms of Eff48 production, then, TJ Ford was in the bottom half of the Association (22nd overall).
Charlie Villanueva's Eff48 was 23.06. Now, I'm running into a bit of a gray area here. Villanueva is slated to play power forward for the Bucks. However, Chris Bosh was, I believe, the starting power forward for the Raptors, according to all the on-line depth charts I have seen. That would have made Villanueva the starting small forward. So I think the proper comparison for Villanueva's 2005-06 numbers is with other starting small forwards. If that is the case, he ranked in the upper half of the Association. The average Eff48 for starting small forwards was 21.83, and the mean was 22.06. By either measure he was amongst the top 12-15 most productive SFs.
Now, if he is considered a power forward, then he is around the average. But I don't think that is fair, because if he did indeed play small forward, he was not afforded the opportunity to accumulate statistics in the same way a power forward could. We'll have to just wait and see how productive he can be at the 4.