Julien Lin

The Gravity Score

Discovery of the year: each team’s best players control their respective offenses. Wow. It should come as no surprise that NBA players like James Harden or Russell Westbrook can dictate the pace of the game through their volume scoring. When the defense adjusts, either by guarding them more closely or by setting up defensive traps and help, both point guards could punish any small mistake and set up a teammate for an easy basket. In other words, the better a player plays, the more defensive attention he gets. Players often use this “gravity” as a signal to pass the...

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