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Eye on Basketball Podcast: Are you playing above your stats?

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

Ethan Sherwood Strauss joins me on today's episode to talk about whether or not players are as good as we think they are. The biggest topic of that conversation stems off of Thursday's game between the Clippers and the Thunder. Chris Paul is starting to get back to himself on the court and we start looking at the idea of his placement in NBA history amongst point guards. Is he as good as the advanced stats say he is? Can he challenge the legend of Magic Johnson? Is he going to end up the second best point guard in NBA history or is that ridiculous?

We also play a new game that Ethan thought up in which we decide if players are playing above or below their PER. PER is a tool used to measure efficiency and how well a player performs (although defense can hardly be factored in all that well). We look at Brandon Jennings, Isaiah Thomas, Anthony Davis, and Ricky Rubio to see just where they are and if the stats are reflecting their play. Also, is Anthony Davis eclipsing Kevin Love already?

We discuss all of this, plus Derrick Rose's play, the pressure of commercials, and the perils of shaving or not shaving.

You can follow Ethan Sherwood Strauss on Twitter at @sherwoodstrauss.

Have questions for the podcast? Send them to zach.harper@cbsinteractive.com, or ask them on Twitter with the hashtag #EOBPod, and we'll answer them on the show.

You can download the episode here. You can subscribe to us on iTunes, and you should like us on Facebook. Follow Eye on Basketball on Twitter here.

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