Zach Lowe submitted a typically thoughtful breakdown of the ongoing Andrew Bynum debacle on Grantland this week.

In examining the central question — did the Sixers screw up?— Lowe wrote something that struck me as off base on the first read through: management gave up significant future value to land Bynum.

Okay.  Iguodala stung, but I’m not losing any sleep over Vucevic or the lottery-protected first rounder.  I also forgot Moe Harkless was a person until I slipped over to the excellent NBA Geek and saw this:






The stats in the above screen shot are from November 20.  All small — and in this case, very small — sample size caveats obviously apply, but it still stands that Moe Harkless was, as of a week ago, the second most productive rookie in the NBA on a per minute basis.  He hasn’t tailed off since then.

As of November 30, Harless is first among fellow rookies and seventh in the NBA in WP48 (wins produced per 48 minutes) among players who have logged over 180 minutes, just ahead of Tim Duncan. What makes the thing go is his handiwork on the glass.

Harkless, who was a good rebounder at Saint John’s, has, thus far in his very young NBA career been an extraordinary one.  He’s grabbing 4.6 offensive rebounds per 48 minutes and 7.5 per 48 on the defensive glass —2.7 and 1.8 rebounds above and beyond what the average SF provides in that time.

He’s also, for good measure, averaging almost a block a night in just 16.9 minutes of playing time, shooting 52 percent from the floor, and has committed just four turnovers on the season.

By the reckoning of the WoW system (which has its detractors, I’m not one) Harkless is logging .309 wins per 48 minutes—300 percent over the typical level of production—and according to its PoP48, a newfangled figure that attempts to capture how many points a player generates, or loses, for his team over the course of a game compared with an average player at his position, he’s at +6.5 per 48 minutes.

And he’s 19.

Now it might not mean anything — just another strong late-November performance in the NBA’s ongoing Small Sample Size Theater — or it may be an indicator of greater things to come from the draft’s 15th pick.

Either way, wonder what he bowls?

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