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Common Misconceptions - A Primer

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Something that I keep reading recently has been bugging me. Almost every Jazz article (mainly in the non-Utah press, I have to add) keeps going on about how Big Al may struggle in our offence, as he's not known for running the Pick and Roll. 

Lies.

We actually use the P&R the LEAST of any team currently. Don't believe me? Read this: NYT article on the P&R (from 2009)

Especially:

 

The Synergy analysis created a statistical portrait of the play’s use in the N.B.A. and revealed the following:

The Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers used the play the least in the N.B.A. last season. Only 11 percent of their offensive plays originated with the pick-and-roll.

 

I'm hoping someone can come out with newer stats, but there you go. And for those who watch every Jazz game of the season (like me) you quickly get to know the offence. I have an advantage that I played a fairly high level of Hoops as a younger man, and the club I played for ran 2 sets: 'Carolina' against the Zone, and 'Flex' against Man, so I know the Flex well. I know it so well that I can tell without the stats that we run that much more than the Pick and Roll.

 

So, what other misconceptions are out there that you don't like? One thing: keep it nice. No need to go THERE, we all know that misconception, kids.

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