Hey guys, I've been taking a statistics class recently and just got into variability and standard deviation. I'm not going to get deep into it, but basically variability is how much a data set can vary. Say, a player is averaging 15 points per game. However, his scores vary wildly from well over twenty to single digits. This would show high variability, or "spurtability". A player who ranged closer from 13-17 on average, would show low variability. Are there any NBA statistics out there to show streakiness or even, egads, "Spurtability"?
Obviously this wouldn't be an end all stat like PER, but it would be a good indicator for how consistent a player is. This would probably be done best with Standard deviation, which isn't the easiest statistic but can't be much worse than PER. You might even be able to combine this with the variability of minutes so that players with inconsistent minutes won't be penalized.
What do you guys think?