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Team Building Metrics

I just read an excellent article over at ESPN Insider that talks about using som3e relatively new metrics on how to build a winning team from disparate parts. You can find the article here: http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/8193005/how-build-dream-team-using-metrics-espn-magazine. Reading it may explain a lot about how the Spurs go about figuring out who will be on the team, how and who to draft, etc etc, etc. One of the major factors in getting ateam built is as follows: "The study found that of the four combos with the most positive impact, three were built around what Ayer calls "shooting distributors" -- wing players who take at least 5.5 threes per 40 minutes, make above 37.6 percent of them and average at least 5.3 assists per 40 minutes. Put them on any NBA roster and they'll add from 3.3 to 13.6 wins. It's a narrow yet versatile subset -- and an intensely valuable one -- that's been represented on past Olympic teams by the likes of Tim Hardaway." To ame that sounds like exactly what the Spurs are building in Kawhi Leonard, and MAYBE why the FO pulled the string in order to get in position to draft him last year. All in all it's an interesting and informative article on the inner workings of many NBA teams, no doubt among them the Spurs.


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