One would guess that with all of the coaching turnover, there would
be a lot of player turnover as well. I don't know if that happened
in 1996-97, as well.
But that begs the question, since both forms of turnover might be
At least for the player turnover, I also would suspect the luxury
tax played a role. In addition to typical player turnover, there
was a number of player moves that were due almost entirely to luxury
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, "Dean Oliver" <deano@r...>
> I'm now doing a rather full "style evaluation" of teams, looking at
> the numbers that define how they play -- not how well they play,
> how they play. In doing this, it seems that there was a lot of
> turnover in style this past season. Qualitatively, it seems that I
> can find things that teams changed in many many cases.
> Atlanta got a new leading scorer.
> Boston completely changed.
> Chicago made a big trade mid-season.
> Cleveland got a new superstar and supporting cast.
> Dallas acquired a couple new guys.
> Denver got a new star and a bunch of new players.
> Detroit didn't change much until they acquired Rasheed.
> Golden St. lost their big star.
> It turns out that roster stability in 2004 was the 2nd lowest in
> history using a measure of how many players play similar minutes on
> the same team. On average, only about 62% of minutes were
> in 2004.
> This is making it a bit difficult to do the comparisons I wanted.
> Basically, only New Jersey kept the same personnel from 2003. And,
> fortunately for what I'm doing, they actually changed coaches.
> But I found this lack of stability remarkable. I haven't thought
> about why that might have happened, but I figured I'd ask you guys
> think about it. And in doing so, I'm wondering if you can identify
> what the other highly unstable year was (it was in the last 10).
> There are a few neat economic things coming out of this.
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