TrueHoop Blog features interesting Nuggets analysis

The godfather of the TrueHoop organization himself, Henry Abbott, offers up a unique angle on late-game situations in the NBA. While one of the hottest topics of the last several months in Nuggets Nation has been the “superstar debate,” Abbott submits evidence that while a superstar is a luxury, it’s not exactly a necessity in order to win in tight games. This article directly correlates to the Nuggets and is especially interesting after Ty Lawson has come through with back-to-back game winners of late.

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Kalen was born in Durango, CO, in 1988 and graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2013 with a degree in journalism. He's now an itinerant hoping to travel as much as possible before eventually succumbing to the "real world." Aside from writing Kalen likes movies, music, spicy food and the great outdoors. Edward Abbey is his current idol.

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  • Ernie

    Then why do the Nuggets run so many isolation plays late in games?

    • DH

      Not that I can speak for GK, but… I assume the point of his isolation plays is that he expects the player to make a good decision (pass, drive, or shoot). He doesn’t necessarily expect the player to take a “hero shot”. Now, whether or not certain players would make the correct decision can be argued, of course. But I’m pretty sure he’s not looking for Melo/Kobe/Wade/Paul type heroics from anyone currently on the roster. At least, I hope not.

      • Ernie

        But that’s the whole point, that on isolation plays the player is more likely to generate a shot (from either himself or a teammate) that is inferior to one utilizing more of the team. The last two Lawson successes were at least part pick and roll with Faried.

  • Kyle Obergfell

    how about the concept.. where everyone on the team is a star? I would think that to get to the NBA level.. it kind of should be on the resume.

    • Cider

      Being a star is relative. I’m sure any player in the NBA would be a star if they played with a bunch of players who aren’t in the NBA comparatively speaking. So to say everyone is a star in the NBA is the same as saying they’re all basically just as good as one another, which obviously will never be the case, so the concept where everyone is a star is a meaningless concept.

  • Alex

    If we would just run plays at the end with all the options we got to score we would probably end up doing better. At the very least run pick and roll with Ty where a good effective screen is actually used.