After hearing Flip's quotes regarding Jason Maxiell's "inconsistency," I started thinking about how I can test to see whether Flip is right on or can't tell consistency when he sees it. My theory is that he hasn't done any sort of calculations and bases it off of his own perception... which could possibly be faulty. Here is my method: I decided to filter out those games where players get less than 10 minutes. A lot of this is garbage time and/or the player can't be expected to get into any flow. Then, I take the results from each individual game and create 40 minute stats for each game. This is to compensate for the variation in minutes from game to game... because we are trying to isolate inconsistency of the player, not the minutes. Then, I calculate the standard deviation (we can call it the "Beta"). I did this for 1) points and for 2) a blended stat line (2R+2A+2S+2B+P), which I will call "Production". This Production gives the player credit for other measurable contributions. The lower a player's Beta, the more consistent he is. So far, I've only done this for 3 players, Sheed, Webber, and Maxiell. Here are the results: Sheed- Each game, his average per 40 minutes = 15.1 points and 43.4 in Production. His Beta is 4.3 and 8.3 respectively. Maxiell- his averages = 15.1 points and 40.4 in Production. His Beta is 6.0 and 10.7 for the two stats (not as consistent as Sheed, but averages the same scoring efficiency. Provides almost as much as Sheed overall). Webber- his averages = 8.2 points and 44.6 in Production per 40 min. His Beta is 4.6 and 10.5. So, he scores less than Maxiell, but is more consistent in doing do. Overall, their total contributions are equally consistent from night to night (per minutes given). My conclusion is that Maxiell is not as consistent as Sheed, but is equally as consistent as Webber. All 3 of these players provided about the same total package when factoring in pts, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks on a per minute basis. Since I have the method down for importing to a spread sheet, I'll run the rest of the players through it later. Don't know how telling it will be, but I'm sort of interested to see how the players rank.