I had this idea of creating an Off-Game Thread where we talk about the NBA, what is happening in it, the competition or simply anything you want to say.
I wanted to start discussing the phenom called " Peaking ". It is said that a team peaking early in the season is bad because you want to finish strong. But how the Peak is determined? If a team has several winning streaks throughout the season, how to determine if it is peaking or not? Perhaps one team can peak multiple times? A peak at the beginning of the season, one in the middle and one at the end?
I've always found curious that terminology of Peak when it comes to a team because there are so many factors involved in determining when a team is "Peaking", how much that will last, as if there was a deadline or anything.
Lets take for example the case of 95-96 Chicago Bulls and their 72-10 Championship season, by definition that Team peaked for their entire season all the way to the Finals? Why peaking earlier or at the middle is bad? When that's not a completely team thing but the sum of tits part or their players playing good together.
For me, the peak is a very superficial variable that is complemented with the luck factor. In 2013 one can say that the Spurs were peaking entering the playoffs and still lost. I think the peak can be more decisive when discussing specific players. X player is in his peak, or is reaching his peak or he's in a slump... Perhaps one player peaking, can "influence " another and that other another making the team better or "peaking"? Or is that "Peaking" is a different word for "Gelling"?