• Finalizado
    FINAL
    2015-09-12
    Argentina 71
    Venezuela 76
  • Finalizado
    BRONCE
    2015-09-12
    Mexico 86
    Canada 87
  • Finalizado
    SEMIFINAL
    2015-09-11
    Argentina 78
    Mexico 70
  • Finalizado
    SEMIFINAL
    2015-09-11
    Canada 78
    Venezuela 79
  • Finalizado
    Ronda 2
    2015-09-09
    Mexico 95
    Argentina 83
  • Finalizado
    Ronda 2
    2015-09-09
    Uruguay 69
    Puerto Rico 80
  • Finalizado
    Ronda 2
    2015-09-09
    Dominicana 103
    Canada 120
  • Finalizado
    Ronda 2
    2015-09-09
    Panama 62
    Venezuela 75
  • Finalizado
    Ronda 2
    2015-09-08
    Mexico 73
    Canada 94
  • Finalizado
    Ronda 2
    2015-09-08
    Panama 71
    Puerto Rico 78
  • Finalizado
    Ronda 2
    2015-09-08
    Venezuela 75
    Uruguay 77
  • Finalizado
    Ronda 2
    2015-09-08
    Argentina 92
    Dominicana 84

The Working Horse

This so-called player is that who excels in defensive capabilities, basically those who aren’t strictly computable from a numeric point of view.

Although it’s generally a small forward, there are players who obey to these criteria in every one of the five positions.

In order to be considered within this category, a placer must average as much rebounds as points scored, either because he’s a poor scorer but an acceptable rebounder, or whether it also as a regular scorer but excellent on the boards. The blocking or stealing skills, in this case, are matters not related with this profile, and in the best of the cases it represents an added value. 

However, the most notorious feature we can appreciate in this kind of players at first-sight is their incredibly lowered point-per-minute average (never surpasses a point every three minutes of play). This is because the players in this category don’t feel the need to score, and usually assigns this role to other teammates who are more specialists in this section. However, when the team needs to play an important possession, they have the guts to define when the team needs it most.

Examples of “working horses”: Bill Laimbeer, Vlado Divac, Horace Grant, Charles Oakley, Anthony Mason, Marcus Camby, Dale Davis, Kurt Thomas, Olden Polynice, Robert Horry, Mark West, Alton Lister, among others.

A subtype of “working horse” represents the players who can catch more rebounds than points. Their presence in defense is a key factor in the game, and their scoring contribution is limited.  They collaborate with the design and tactical movement without the ball, and they are used to do the "dirty work", especially on the boards, because the painting zone is his natural habitat.

In this group we will include Paul Silas, Wes Unseld, Dikembe Mutombo, Samuel Dalembert, Dennis Rodman, Michael Cage, Larry Smith, Caldwell Jones, Ben Wallace, Mark Eaton, Kurt Rambis, Tree Rollins, Greg Ostertag, among others.


Matias Barmat (@worldhoopstats)

Lecturas: 658 - 2011-08-21