Is Fred VanVleet better than Steph Curry?
Rockford Auburn and Wichita State star Fred VanVleet is opening a lot of eyes in his second year with the Toronto Raptors.
He quarterbacks the best second unit in the NBA and that bench strength has powered the Raptors to the best record in the Eastern Conference.
How good has VanVleet been? Dan Cohen of WREX dug up this stat off the NBA's advanced statistics website. Fred is No. 1 in the NBA in net rating. That's the team's point differential per 100 possessions while he is on the court.
Player, team, Points scored/100 vs. Points given up/100, Net rating
Fred Van Vleet, Toronto, 112.2 vs. 97.9 = 14.3
Steph Curry, Golden State, 120.1 vs. 106.3 = 13.8
Shaun Livingston, Golden State, 113.9 vs. 100.3 = 13.7
Chris Paul, Houston, 117.2 vs. 103.6 = 13.6
Luc Mbah a Moute, Houston, 111.3 vs. 98.6 = 12.6
Eric Gordon, Houston, 114.8 vs. 103.0 = 11.9
Klay Thompson, Golden State, 113.8 vs. 102.1 = 11.7
VanVleet's averaging 18.7 minutes per game, 8.0 points, 2.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and just 0.9 turnovers. His 3.3 assist to turnover ratio ranks 11th in the NBA.