Balanced Rebounding Unlocks the Thunder’s Potential

June 9th, 2012 by Rob Mahoney Leave a reply »
Diversification is a concept with its own inherent value, regardless of the arena. This is true for the simple fact that high-value investment in one particular person, resource or area makes the investing party extremely vulnerable; it may seem logical to place all of one's stock in the best possible option, but even great options—or in this case, great players—fail from time to time, and default back to their expected production.

It's as true in basketball as in any other context. If a team merely has one brilliant scorer, an opposing defense can load ball pressure against that single opponent. If a team has only one quality shot creator, the opponent can swarm that player in the post or on pick and rolls. If a team has but one good interior defender, they can pull him out of the paint before attacking from the weak side. So on and so forth, as limited capability in any regard acts as a tremendous weakness in such a complex sport. All areas of production and performance need to be just right in order for a team to succeed, and the best way to ensure sufficiency is through an entire team operating to accomplish all objectives at once.

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