This is the Washington Wizards’ “Hustle Board,” as presumably pictured in their locker room or practice facility. After looking at it, you can kind of tell why this young team managed to rank eighth in defensive efficiency during the regular season, and why they’re moving on to the second round of the 2014 NBA playoffs.
For years, various NBA teams have tracked “deflections” to help aid box score stats like steals and blocks. For the same amount of time, teams have also recorded charges taken, and since the advent of digitized scouting and SportVU cameras, the entire tracking routine has gone into hyperdrive.
Still, it’s nice to see NBA teams bringing it all back home in the locker room, minimizing the non-box score stats in easily digestible ways, giving their players a figurative gold star (or, in this case, a cool red basketball taken from the Washington Wizards’ logo) for each charge taken. And while these numbers might be skewed by raw minutes, it’s still pretty cool to see the Wizards’ franchise player in John Wall at the top of the heap. And impressive that Nene has recorded so many deflections despite playing only the sixth-most amount of minutes on the team.
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