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how to be an unobvious All-Star

February 17th, 2009 (01:21 pm)

The New York Times magazine has a really interesting story on Shane Battier, an unconventional basketball player, and the analysts figuring out things that matter not so obviously in basketball.

Battier’s game is a weird combination of obvious weaknesses and nearly invisible strengths. When he is on the court, his teammates get better, often a lot better, and his opponents get worse — often a lot worse. He may not grab huge numbers of rebounds, but he has an uncanny ability to improve his teammates’ rebounding. He doesn’t shoot much, but when he does, he takes only the most efficient shots. He also has a knack for getting the ball to teammates who are in a position to do the same, and he commits few turnovers. On defense, although he routinely guards the N.B.A.’s most prolific scorers, he significantly ­reduces their shooting percentages. At the same time he somehow improves the defensive efficiency of his teammates — probably, Morey surmises, by helping them out in all sorts of subtle ways.


Posted by: Mari (marici)
Posted at: February 17th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)

You're right, that's amazing. Thanks!

Posted by: HJ (hjcallipygian)
Posted at: February 17th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)

Very interesting article. Thanks for linking it.

I love it when writers profile lesser-known players like this article.

Posted by: Topology of a Phantom City (chantalzola)
Posted at: February 17th, 2009 11:51 pm (UTC)

Very interesting. I looked him up some more online. Too bad I don't have TV anymore. I'd like to see him play.

Posted by: Elspeth (elspethdixon)
Posted at: February 18th, 2009 12:01 am (UTC)

I've watched him play since he was a student at Duke (ACC ball was the only basketball there was as far as my family was concerned), and it's really awesome to see him getting recognition like this.

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