Advanced statistics come in a wide variety of flavors, and one of ESPN's new favorites to plop on a waffle cone is Real Plus-Minus. The first batch of numbers for the 2015-2016 season have been released, and Roy Hibbert has emerged as the best player on the Los Angeles Lakers with a 2.69 RPM value.
This is ESPN's definition of RPM:
Player's estimated on-court impact on team performance, measured in net point differential per 100 offensive and defensive possessions. RPM takes into account teammates, opponents and additional factors
So, with whatever factors it is ESPN is using to measure RPM, Hibbert is helping the Lakers beat teams by 2.69 points per 100 offensive AND defensive possessions while he's on the floor. He's the only Laker in the top-40 in this stat (29th), and rounds out the top-10 centers in RPM. The Lakers sit are getting outscored 9.2 points per 100 possessions, according the NBA.com's more traditional Net RTG, as a comparison. Stephen Curry leads the NBA with a 8.85 RPM.
The rest of the Lakers' roster doesn't fare as well, though, which makes sense considering they're 2-11 on the year and have been floundering from the start of the season. The next starter doesn't hit until Julius Randle, who sits at 251st in the NBA (-1.23 RPM). Jordan Clarkson (-2.33), D'Angelo Russell (-3.73) and Kobe Bryant (-3.96) close out a starting lineup filled with players with negative RPM players aside from Hibbert.
Elsewhere, Jahlil Okafor (-5.28) and Emmanuel Mudiay (-5.76) are both in the bottom-10 of the entire NBA in RPM. If you're looking for some type of silver lining out of this data, there it is. Clearly this newly concocted stat after about a month of games is proof the Lakers made right call on draft night, once and for all. Take that, process.