Numbers Tell

Chad Ford repeats a common assessment of Andris Biedrins: "Biedrins falls a little bit into the Anderson Varejao category -- energetic big man whose stats don't tell the whole story in terms of on-court contributions."

But here's the thing: Unless by "stats" you mean "per game scoring average and nothing else" the story Biedrins' stats tell you is that he's a very good player. His stats tell me that he average 9.8 rebounds per game in 27.4 mpg. They tell me that his 10.5 ppg came on an extraordinarily good 63 percent field goal percentage. They tell me that the Warriors defense was better with Biedrins on the floor. These contributions are perfectly quantifiable.

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Matthew Yglesias is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.

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