5530RE: [APBR_analysis] DeanO in the P-I
- Dec 31, 2004-----Original Message-----
From: John Hollinger [mailto:alleyoop2@...]
Sent: Thursday, December 30, 2004 7:35 PM
>http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/basketball/205859_sonx30.htmlThe other thing that I found interesting was the characterization
>The Ridnour discussion is interesting. I've found that with first-
>year point guards, their performance has much less correlation with
>eventual success than any other position.
of Wally Walker as the stats-oriented type (no surprise there, given
his UVa and MBA background) and Rick Sund as the intuition-oriented
type. Presumably, many of the recent personnel decisions have been
made by Rick Sund, who seemingly deserved the blame when the Sonics
roster last season, and at the beginning of this season, looked
woefully under-talented. And Sund presumably deserves the credit
when the roster and talent mix in fact seems to have been brilliantly
designed and developed.
But if Sund indeed deserves much of the credit for the current
Sonics roster, he's apparently doing so using old-fashioned
techniques, rather than new-fangled "Moneyball" or "BoP" (Basketball
on Paper) techniques.
Of course, Walker is probably one of the more hands-on owners/presidents
out there, given his background, so he may deserve a chunk of the
credit too, rather than Sund.
Yet another possibility is that the Sonics roster truly is mediocre
in terms of its talent level, and what is setting them apart this
season is that they a roster playing good basketball, rather than
a roster of good players. I.e. it's coaching and team play rather
I don't know, but somebody's doing something right.
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