We chose to measure a player's value using John Hollinger's estimated wins added (EWA) statistic. Simply put, EWA measures how many wins a player adds to his team's record compared to someone you could sign to a 10-day contract (to put it nicely, a replacement-level player). Basically, the metric combines player efficiency rating (how efficient a player is on a per-minute basis) with playing time and comparative value. Hollinger offers a far more detailed explanation, but for our purposes, just remember that EWA measures wins added and that LeBron James led the league at 32.3.
9hJeff Wagenheim and Marc Raimondi
9hLeonard Hamilton, as told to Andrea Adelson