Jhsukow, here is my observation regarding your Jerry Lucas question and why he always gets drafted by the 2nd round in the draft leagues.
First he almost always out performs his advanced stats. His boards in the most recent $52 were over 12rpg and I don’t think I’ve ever seen him go for fewer than 11rpg. His efg in the latest $52 was 61.7%, even though his RL FG% was only 55.1% (his listed efg is 56.7% because WIS assigns 31 triples to him). His D of 50 is also a “really strong” 50 if the D impact truly is applied as advertised by WIS.
IMO the reason for the above is that the average FG% for the NBA in the 68-69 season was .441. In the last 30 or so RL NBA seasons there have only been two others this low. In the 80’s the FG% was generally .480 or above the first eight seasons of the 90’s saw the FG% range from .476 to .450 and the range has been from about .450 to .460 for the least eight or so RL NBA seasons. So, a 50 D from the 80’s likely means a .480 base D rating, but Lucas has a base D rating of .441, meaning he may have the D impact of a player with a 60-80 D rank from the 80’s. His RL FG% was 126% above the league average, and I think the sim takes this into account with his performance.
IMO this also partially explains why Bill Russell only gets a 70 D rating. Some of his RL NBA seasons saw a league-wide FG% under .400. His 70D likely has the same impact as some recent 100D seasons if the WIS D really does get applied as the FAQ says it does (however I have my doubts since my most recent $52 team was built on this assumption and while I finished 3rd in points scored I finished last in points allowed.)