• 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
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The concept of all-around player in the NBA


In the NBA paradigm, due to its nature so oriented to individuality and one-on-one game, it's very easy for players who usually are not versatile but technically perfect to generate all kind of statistics, because they know how to do everything very well.

In today's basketball, versatility is a very-well appreciated value, but, unlike the FIBA game (and also unlike the NCAA game), in the NBA it's very hard to detect those players who trascend the mere fact to know how to play as an internal player being external and viceversa.

Let's put an example. To a group that comprises players as diverse as Magic Johnson, Gary Payton, Jason Kidd, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Scottie Pippen, Clyde Drexler, Karl Malone, Kevin Garnett and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, LeBron James is added very recently. A complete team, all the five positions covered, and at least two for each position. What do they all have in common? All, without exception, have passed the 5,000 rebounds, 5,000 assists and 1,000 regular season steals mark. And of these twelve players, eight of them passed the 600 blocks and three have more than 1,000 three-point shots made (Kobe, Payton and Kidd). LeBron James, the quintessential of the all-around player, with only 28 years and in its tenth season, has 631 blocks... and 999 triples.

By the way. Thanks to the three-pointer (from 1979-80 season) we have the notion of how long distance shooter is a player. Thanks to turnovers (from 1977-78) we know who controls the ball better, and thanks to the computing of steals and blocks (from 1973-74) we can know how much defender is. Until then, there was no reliable record in the scorekeeper sheet about how versatile could be a player. Kareem Abdul Jabbar retired as the all-time leader in blocked shots (until the arrival of Hakeem Olajuwon, of course) and he also passed the 1,000 steals, with his first four seasons with no record of both parameters.
Matias Barmat (@worldhoopstats)

Lecturas: 370 - 2013-03-08