ash, you can attach any formula you like when assessing "the most valuable" players in ascending order... and you seem to have found one that works well for you, but i approach the choosing of a player based on his 20% contribution to the starting 5.
if a player like robinson or barkley or jordan's fta's hover in the 650-700 range, i am not likely to take another player who shoots that many fta's. i know owners like to bolster the amount of fta's but the sim makes adjustments. so, if i draft durant, he, and only he, will be achiving his rl fta's on my team. i then can focus on another area when choosing a player next.
i disagree with you about pairing rodman up with another monster oreb guy. to me, it's not efficient enough and overkill. you look at usage and tier # scoring strongly, as you should, but i will also evaluate rebounders the same way... a tier 1 boardman like rodman or many undrafted players thus far and pair them up with a tier 2 boardman like drob or jabbar. two tier 1 boardmen dilute their prowess around the glass. but i have learned from you how extremely important it is to have a strong rebounding guard. it is essential. kidd and magic do this, but so do 6 others. there aren't many to be had in draft leagues, so landing one of those guys is a difficult thing to know when to pull the trigger.
to me, the most important number of all is 19-19-5% usage. these guys are immensely important, especially if they d-up and have low fouls and t.o.'s. i surround my 27-31% usage guy with 3 of these fellows who bring 1 excellent skill each to the 5 man rotation. the 5th player will be low usage, 12-15%, but he will excel in 2 areas.
and of course, there is the "feel" factor in building a squad. we all know this feeling, especially if you have to evaluate other teams. yeah, you guys have your formulas, and golden oldies like me, 98, coachcroft, etc... we have our dumb luck. last time i looked, 98 is the all-time leader in making the playoffs i think. haha.
i love draft leagues!