1. Offensive Productivity - The most easily measured stuff. Offensive rating is important here but so is usage. Some players are highly productive because they are put in roles where they can be successful and are limited in minutes - I'm look at you Ryan Kelly.
2. Defensive Productivity - This comes from looking at things like steal rate and block rate but this also becomes a product of watching games. Some defensive players, especially guards, can be fantastic defenders without making much of a dent in the stat sheet.
3. Team Performance - It's definitely a factor, but I think too often voters put too much emphasis on team performance over individual performance. Team play gets rewarded with banners, wins and NCAA Tournament trips. The All-ACC team is about honoring individual greatness.
4. Intangibles - Haha, just kidding. People use the word 'intangibles' to justify voting for shitty candidates. If you see this word near any explanation of any postseason award voting ever, assume the person writing it is either an idiot or has a motivation their ashamed to reveal.
Narrowing the List
I started by hitting Pomeroy's site (shocking, I know) and grabbing every player that's being used in at least 20% of the team's possessions while they are on the court. That list was, as of Wednesday, 42 players long. The biggest names not to make this list are probably Andre Young, Kendall Marshall and Scott Wood. I'll probably get a lot of grief for immediately dismissing these players, but you just can't be that valuable when your involved in less than one of every five possessions - regardless of how good you are in those possessions.
Next I axed anyone who is playing less than 25 minutes a game. Again, if you aren't on the court the majority of the game you can't be valuable enough to be one the top 15 players in the league. My third cut line was anyone with an offensive rating below 95 - they are too much of an offensive drag while consuming a lot offensive possessions to be worthy.
That left me with 26 players for 15 spots. So here, with eight or nine games left for most teams, are your current batch of All-ACC Candidates:
|Bernard James||Florida St.|
|C.J. Harris||Wake Forest|
|C.J. Leslie||North Carolina St.|
|Dorenzo Hudson||Virginia Tech|
|Durand Scott||Miami FL|
|Erick Green||Virginia Tech|
|Glen Rice||Georgia Tech|
|Harrison Barnes||North Carolina|
|John Henson||North Carolina|
|Kenny Kadji||Miami FL|
|Lorenzo Brown||North Carolina St.|
|Malcolm Grant||Miami FL|
|Michael Snaer||Florida St.|
|Richard Howell||North Carolina St.|
|Travis McKie||Wake Forest|
|Tyler Zeller||North Carolina|
Coming tomorrow, hopefully: I pick my Halfway There All-ACC team.