Phil Jackson Uses Twitter To Criticize Team, So We Suggest More Ways To Improve The Knicks Via Technology

According to the Mothership, Phil Jackson admonished his team via Twitter after their embarrassing expected loss to Cleveland.

So here at KnickerBlogger, we have some suggestions for the Knicks:

  • Get on LinkedIn!
    Phil should start connecting to potential coaches on LinkedIn. Obviously Derek Fisher isn’t working out, so now’s a good time to see who’s out there. There’s got to be some more former guards out there Jackson can tap for the Knicks next coach. What’s B.J. Armstrong doing? How about Jo Jo English? LinkedIn is a great way to make those connections!

  • Coach via Skype!
    The grind of the NBA coaching season might be too much for Phil, but why not coach the team from the comfort of his bed. Jackson could leverage Skype to get back on the sidelines. Fisher would just hold up an iPad, which is about what he seems to be qualified enough to do. Much like today’s working youth, Phil could join the millions of telecommuters and work in his pajamas. I’d be surprised if this isn’t New York’s next move.

  • Extra Practice on NBA Live.
    Obviously Derek Fisher isn’t working out? Oh wait I said that already? Well whatever he’s doing isn’t working. Instead of running actual practices, why not punish the players by forcing them to do some extra practice? But this time on NBA Live! Maybe what Jason Smith needs is to get the hang of virtual rebounding before trying the real thing? Players won’t get tired by actually running around on a basketball court, and be fresh for the games. Fish could join in & try some of the players he rarely uses. Maybe he can discover a gem on the bench (*cough* Cole *cough*) that could actually help the team?

  • Scout via Omegle!
    Given the rising number of undrafted players in the NBA, it’s about time teams look outside of traditional methods of acquiring players. Phil should tap into Omegle to get ahead of the curve and reach out to even less known people. I’ve heard there are a lot of ballers on there, so I imagine New York could find someone that could give the team a hand.

What are your suggestions?

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80 thoughts to “Phil Jackson Uses Twitter To Criticize Team, So We Suggest More Ways To Improve The Knicks Via Technology”

  1. To be honest I don’t know what he was talking about. I would be rather bizarre to collect these players and then chastise them. It is more likely some dig at JR/Shump, which at least makes some sense. Is it possible that he is showing early signs of one of the conditions associated with the aged?

  2. I’ll repost this here since it seems relevant:

    So I guess I’m in the minority in saying I totally read these tweets as being addressed to JR Smith?

    I mean, if you re-read them with “Hey, JR…” in front of them, don’t they kind of make sense/more sense? Doesn’t it make more sense that he’d be passive aggressively tweeting JR, someone he no longer has direct contact with, as opposed to, I don’t know, his own team who he can directly address whenever he wants to behind closed doors? Or maybe I’m just severely overestimating Phil, but that’s my take on it.

  3. I’ve read Phil’s tweet more than fifteen times trying to figure out what he’s saying and who he’s referring to.
    It all makes perfect sense. He’s lost his mind.

  4. I think the JR take on the tweets makes some sense, but honestly, if that was what he meant, that I think that that’s even worse than complaining about how shitty his own team is. If it is about JR, then he is basically (heck, forget basically, pretty much outright) saying that it is “unfair” for JR to have success in Cleveland. That’s kind of weird.

  5. Today’s game vs Cavs gave bb gods heartburn and those that know what “it” takes/means a smh.

    Phil writes the way my 14 year old daughter writes. I’m pretty sure her texts only make sense to other 14 year olds. So, either Phil got his 14 year old grand-niece to do his tweeting for him, or it was aimed at a 14 year old. (How old is JR Smith again?)

  6. 1) Use time machine

    2) Let Jowles go back to before last season and take out an enormous loan

    3) Place bet on under, O/U 49.5

    4) Use money to bribe Bargnani to retire and Melo to sign somewhere else

    5) ???

  7. Phil could join the millions of telecommuters and work in his pajamas.

    Isn’t this kind of what he is doing, already? He runs the team out of his apartment in Marina del Rey (which also happens to be the same apartment that the Lakers are run from). Phil is a true 21st century exec!

    (I wonder is Phil and Jeanie try to out tank each other when they play each other in Words With Friends, too?)

  8. 2) Let Jowles go back to before last season and take out an enormous loan

    You wouldn’t go back and keep Tyson?!! Are you feeling OK today?

  9. I’m wondering what Dolan’s thinking now.
    Oh, wait. I forgot that I can never pair “Dolan” and “Thinking” in the same sentence. Shame on me.

  10. and those that know what “it” takes/means a smh.

    This by the guy running our team. How reassuring.

  11. Re: Our prior conversation on whether one can “win with melo”

    This is the article I’ve been looking for ever since that discussion:
    Here!

    Bill Simmons (of all people) in 7/2014 talking about how unfairly Carmelo is discussed when he has never had an above average team around him since his Nuggets days. (Even then, not so much: Nene/Billups/Melo/JR/Kenyon? Blech.)

    And he compares Melo to Dirk. It’s quite an interesting read

  12. If Phil was addressing the new and improved JR and Shump, wondering where those guys were when they were on the knicks, who’s fault is that?
    Of course – it can’t have anything to do with the coach, the triangle, or the way the offense is run.

  13. Agreed, if you substitute “go-to guy” with “decision-making guy”

    If you had a CP3 or LeBron type player who would distribute well and lead, that would be a duo to build on. (As opposed to a STAT or JR)

    Edit: if that’s what you actually meant by go-to guy, then, yeah. Ok.

  14. you know.. there was a whole few seasons where jr and shump were playing outside the triangle and for the last year they weren’t doing anything either…

    how about let’s run it back with our team from last year… is this what people actually want?

  15. Say what you want about Bargnani, but athletically speaking, he’s an extremely gifted athlete. Very very few seven footers can put ball on the floor or shoot as well as him.
    JR Smith is one of the most athletic guys in the NBA.
    Melo has the talent and skills to be on par with Lebron and KD.

    This is what I don’t understand.
    Why couldn’t the knicks coaching staff teach them, discipline them, to play high IQ basketball. Along with Tyson, Amare and Shump, it looks like a core roster with a lot of talent.

  16. JR and Shump are kicking ass because they are good ball players being better utilized, and playing in a better system. If they weren’t good, it would be easy for them to become invisible playing along such great players.
    My gripe is the knicks have not played high IQ basketball for a long long long time.
    Paging Mr. Jackson. We have a clean-up on the Mecca floor.

  17. A team can win with Melo. A team can’t win with Melo as the “go-to” guy.

    Melo won’t take a subordinate role.

  18. My point is just this:
    If Melo played on a non-dysfunctional team for once, he may be better than he has seemed. That is all.

  19. See: Olympics.
    Was pretty subordinate then when he had people he trusted.

    So, all the knicks need is Lebron, Kobe, KD, CP3, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook.

  20. Excellent topic.

    1. This is spilt milt, but they obviously should have tried putting Amar’e on JDate before buying him out.

    2. Kickstarter project to fund a JD and Straight Shot extended missionary tour, focused on applying core competencies of insight into megalomania, substance abuse, and something resembling the blues to alleviating tensions in geopolitical hotspots. First stop, Donestk.

    3. List MSG on Airbnb for all future home games this season. Capital must find its most productive use, and every national network with NBA rights has already proven that the Knicks’ most productive use is somewhere very far away from center stage. Rucker Park is an affordable alternative.

    4. Attempt to enlist the Knick 737 jet as an Uber driver. This would generate incremental cash flows while teaching an important long term development planning lesson to all the current players on the roster who find themselves relegated to bus travel: You are not part of any long term development plan.

    5. Place an icon to the team’s Find My iPhone app on the Knick’s homepage during any NBA game night. This will allow fans to figure out where all their favorite Knicks have suddenly dispersed to, including far flung locales like Houston, Cleveland, Dallas, and wherever Samuel Dalembert likes to hang out.

  21. Hoolahoop gave bb gods a heartburn calling Bargnani an extremely gifted athlete and Jowles who knows what “WP48” means/takes a smh.

  22. By the way, I think Phil was just trying to up the ante on LeBron and his stupid passive/aggressive Twitter game.

  23. So, all the knicks need is Lebron, Kobe, KD, CP3, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook.

    No he was not the on court leader with a washed up J Kidd and Chauncey Billups.

  24. Say what you want about Bargnani, but athletically speaking, he’s an extremely gifted athlete. Very very few seven footers can put ball on the floor or shoot as well as him.

    Jesus Christ any sliver of basketball respect i had for you is gone hahahaha

  25. Say what you want about Bargnani, but athletically speaking, he’s an extremely gifted athlete. Very very few seven footers can put ball on the floor or shoot as well as him

    What? His shooting fucking SUCKS. He’s shooting .314 from 3PT over the last five years. Over the last four years it’s .294. HE CAN’T SHOOT WORTH SHIT. He should never shoot threes, because he can’t make them.

  26. So, all the knicks need is Lebron, Kobe, KD, CP3, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook.

    I mean, any good distributor would make Melo more comfortable with the ball out of his hands. I wasn’t talking about playing with a “better” player a la your player list above.

    Just like when playing Kidd, Billups, etc., Melo has appeared more than willing to go for a catch-and-shoot type of play when he plays with someone that can distribute. And he would play a heck of a lot better. That’s all I’m saying, it really shouldn’t be up for debate.

    Saying “Melo sucks,” without acknowledging he hasn’t had a second fiddle or a distributor in, like, ever, is getting to be trite to me. His teams have flat-out sucked in terms of balance.

  27. I don’t think Melo deferred to Billups in that way. Karl wanted him to, but Denver mostly ran an iso-Melo/iso-Billups offense. You know, sort of a “your turn/my turn” thing. Sort of like what OKC runs. They were both good enough (Billups was a lethal shooter for years) that that offense worked well. Just like how Durant and Westbrook are so good that their offense works well, too.

    He did defer to Kidd that way. But that’s a weird thing about Melo period. He’ll defer, but only if he feels that the other guy has, like, “earned” his respect. It’s kind of dumb. That’s why so many of us were willing to deal Shump for Nash even though Nash was ancient, because Nash is on that short list of players Melo would defer to.

    Don’t get me wrong, other players are like this, too. But they either tend to be greater than Melo, so the trade-off is worth it, or they are worse than Melo and are quickly traded around the league.

  28. I mean, any good distributor would make Melo more comfortable with the ball out of his hands.

    The problem with this is that we saw, first hand, how Anthony reacted when the team had a ball dominant PG. It only took a few weeks for him to run the coach out of town, polarize the organization, and watch the PG leave shortly thereafter, saying “it’s up to the organization to say they want to match that ridiculous contract.”

    I say this not as a case for Lin (no need to respond Z-Man:), but as an example of Anthony being a selfish player and not knowing that what is best for his “brand” is to win the most basketball games that he can.

    (ps– did Jeremy Lin editorialize on Carmelo Anthony’s $125,000,000? If so, I missed it).

  29. Denver had some pretty good PGs: Andre Miller, Iverson to the extent you classify him as such and Billups. It is only with the Knicks that his cast has been spotty.

  30. But Billups and Iverson weren’t really distributors. Miller was, though, that’s true. So Miller (who was the star point guard the Nuggets acquired when Melo came into the league) and Kidd (who is a Hall of Famer) met his standards. I agree that he’s willing to defer, but the circumstances have to be kind of specific, ya know? It’s too bad, since he’s so good off the ball. I am sort of kind of dreaming of the Okafor/Melo two-man game. Okafor is a great passer.

  31. Poor Melo, he never has anyone to pass to on the knicks. But Lebron has no problem feeding JR and Shump. . . . . in rhythm when they’re open early in the shot clock!

  32. Heartbreaking news from the Cavans:

    Sweet Rett left this world yesterday to fly onto his next adventure. Rett inspired and changed many lives touching more hearts than our family could have ever imagined.

    Deepest condolences to the Cavans and to all at KB who know them personally.

  33. Oh, no. My deepest sympathies to the Cavan family, may they find their peace in time..

    LeBron is a passer. Melo isn’t. To pair JR Melo Tyson and Shump with a distributor would have made a huge difference. That’s all I’m saying.

  34. He did defer to Kidd that way. But that’s a weird thing about Melo period. He’ll defer, but only if he feels that the other guy has, like, “earned” his respect. It’s kind of dumb. That’s why so many of us were willing to deal Shump for Nash even though Nash was ancient, because Nash is on that short list of players Melo would defer to.

    This is what I don’t get about Phil. I thought Phil was supposed to be the guy that Melo deferred to, since Phil has obviously “earned” his respect — as in Phil wants Melo become more of a playmaker rather than scorer. It’s probably hard to tell, since there has nobody on the team this year worth deferring to. We’ll see next year, when the Knicks get a draft pick and some free agents — they won’t be household names who have earned Melo’s respect, so it remains to be seen whether Melo incorporates them into the action.

  35. So, according to ESPN, the Knicks is one of the three teams in the league that are ‘non believers’ in analytics.

    After the Jason Smith, Andrea Bargnani signing and all those midrange shots this is truly shocking…

  36. God Melo was trying to be traded by the coach. And Kidd has been the only good passing and defensive pg the Knicks have had.

    IMO shitting on Melo for not having ideal teammates is stupid. I’ve never heard anyone bemoan the fact that cp3 needs a pick and pop or pick and roll big man.

    Kobe bitched for years that he needed a dominant big with him to win. So all of this sounds Fucking stupid to me. Basketball is a team game last I checked not a one on one tourney. Some players are that great that it doesn’t matter ie LeBron.but even he didn’t win shit until he got wade and Bosh

  37. @captain Luke

    Agreed 100% with almost everything you said (I do think Melo has a very strong work ethic and dedication, not so much on the BBIQ side)

    I also believe that Melo’s contract is absurd, but I don’t think he is as bad as we make him out to be. If you surround him with the right team, with a distributor, 3&Ders, and a Chandlerish defensive center, that’s a good team. Surrounding him with the JR’S and STAT’S of the world, with Chandler playing without giving a crap, an overrated Shump, and one Felton is not maximizing your Melo investment.

  38. @ 43 – I tend to agree, however how are the Knicks planning on doing that over the next 1-2 years (Melo’s prime)? The team they are currently fielding has 2 rotational players on a contender (Melo & Calderon). The team has one top 3-5 pick over the next two years and cap space which a lot of teams will also have. The future is not bright.

  39. Cap Luke
    Yes – it is the front office that destroyed, and continues to destroy, this organization. That was supposed to be reversed by Phil. One year later, the hole is deeper and darker. Everyone’s all excited about the possibility of drafting an elite player. That may work out well, . . . or may not. It’s always about next year with this organization.

    But let’s not excuse Melo for being a selfish player. When you seemingly care more about your brand than the team you’re playing for, ignore coaches that encourage more ball movement, go one-on-three instead of passing to an open teammate, belittle teammates that steal the spot light (J. Lin) etc. etc. , you earn the negative feedback from fans and media.

  40. @luke and nick,
    Agreed, there’s nothing to argue with there. If I were to say that Melo has potential as an elite scorer that we will probably never tap, no one would disagree. It’s just a shame. I’ve always seen Melo as a Paul Pierce pre-Garnett/Allen/Rondo. He will probably never have that kind of cast to bring out his best because of this front office.

  41. Melo is a Mark Aguirre/Adrian Dantley/Dominique Wilkins type player. He has played about 18 billion minutes at this point, so it’s not very realistic to think he’s going to become something other than that. The best way to win with Melo would be to surround him with a sick defensive team and let Melo shoulder the scoring load a la the Larry Brown/Iverson 76ers but instead the geniuses here paired him up with Amar’e Stoudemire, Andrea Bargnani, Jose Calderon and many other grade F defensive players.

  42. I just want to remind the group so critical of the melo contract that we have around 27-30 mil to use on free agents this summer and around 25 mil to spend next summer as the cap balloons to ~90 mil. He will account for less than 30% of cap space throughout the majority of this contract. Of course this is all moot if he cannot return to being at least a top 15 player as a result of injuries.

  43. Re: this summer. Have to think the best case scenario is getting towns/okafor in the draft. Then signing Dragic and Millsap at 10-14 mil each. That teams probably a conference finals cieling type team depending on how effective guys like Galloway, Thanasis, early, etc can be. Probably more realistically a second round team in the east. So I guess that’s okay but for a best case scenario…. Not great.

  44. I think JK is right on about Melo needing a tremendous defense, which is why I’m in favor of grabbing Towns (or even trading down for Cauley-Stein.)
    I also think we need to cut Wear (he’s Not getting any better) and bring up Greek Freek bro to see if he can actually be a real stopper in this league.

  45. I am truly ignorant about these things:

    Did Jackson really want to be the Lakers’ GM?
    Did Melo really oust Lin from the Knicks?

  46. are we stuck in 2012 or something? i guess ppl can’t get enough hate that they have to devolve every conversation to something that’s already been talked about for the last 3 years…

    nothing’s changed with these arguments against melo… he’s here.. we all know his faults… why can’t ppl get past this or at least bring an original thought to the discussion?

  47. It really DOES seem like Melo should go back to pf, at least on offense. We could always get an Artest-type to defend the other team’s better forward.
    What’s the thinking on Delon Wright? I wonder if we could scoop up a late first and grab him as a point project?

  48. The best way to win with Melo would be to surround him with a sick defensive team and let Melo shoulder the scoring load

    It won’t work.

    Teams will smother Melo and they’ll be no good second scoring option. Melo going one-on-three is inefficient, low IQ basketball.

    Melo may win a championship later in his career when he’s no longer the alpha, and forced to take a lesser role. Of course, he won’t be on the knicks then.

  49. Did Melo really oust Lin from the Knicks?

    Yep knick fan logic says that dantoni was fired.

    In real life he pouted his way out of town after he tried to get Melo traded.

    Knick fan logic says Melo ousted lin.

    In real life Dolan was butthurt that he signed that poison pill contract and said fuck him.

  50. Also Wiggins is Damn good. Haha minny won that trade and stupidly traded that Miami pick.

    Lol at the Houston commentators saying Josh Smith can’t fall in love with the 3 ……..classic

  51. Jowles I get that you value boards more than buckets but can please tell me the last time a scoring champ was not a top 15 player? While you are at it can you name me a player that averaged 27 and 8 regardless of efficiency that wasn’t considered a top 15 player?

  52. Jowles I get that you value boards more than buckets but can please tell me the last time a scoring champ was not a top 15 player?

    Maybe one of Kobe’s years. Definitely Iverson.

  53. What’s the thinking on Delon Wright? I wonder if we could scoop up a late first and grab him as a point project?

    My thinking is I’m gonna be really salty if Houston drafts him with our second rounder (projects to be 31st at the moment). Yeah, I like him a lot, but there’s not really a clear path in which we could end up with him.

  54. Actually how about this scenario. Philly might want to package their pick and Miami’s for ours if we get first overall since they have more picks than available roster spots and might want to avoid being forced to draft another big. So we draft Towns and Wright, max Monroe, sign Matthews to $10-12 million AAV, and use the room exception on someone like Aminu or Davis. Maybe 45 wins? Then the cap goes up. Or maybe I’m crazy.

  55. Jowles I get that you value boards more than buckets but can please tell me the last time a scoring champ was not a top 15 player? While you are at it can you name me a player that averaged 27 and 8 regardless of efficiency that wasn’t considered a top 15 player?

    Melo, Iverson ’05.

  56. ok so lets go player by player here and systematically figure out what you are trying to say (waiting on Jowles’ response but we can continue)

    Kobe was named scoring champ in ’05-06 (LAL 45-37)and ’06-07(42-40)
    I seriously dare you to name 15 better players than Kobe in those years.

    We are talking the Lakers after Shaq left, pre gasol that featured the likes of Odom and then Kwame Brown, Luke walton, Smush Parker, rookie and sophmore years of Bynum, and guys who probably couldn’t stay in the NBA for another contract or 2. Squads that make the ’14 knicks something to be desired for. Both years Kobe was first team all nba and first team all defense.

    In ’05 he put 35ppg on 38% USG with a TOV% of 9.7. Just in case you were wondering Lebron has never had a TOV% of less than 10.7 (melo has been under 9.5 the last 3 years). WS/48 of .224. So like I said please try to find 15 better players that year I’d be entertained.

    ’06-07 Kobe averaged a modest 31, 5, 5
    reduced his USG% to 33 with a TS% of .58 ws/48 of .199
    both years averaging 40+mpg and playing at least 77 games.

  57. So on to Iverson, another HOFer, scoring champ in ’00-01 (PHL 56-26) and ’01-02 (PHL 43-39)

    Again I don’t think it needs to be said but please look up the roster on those squads. much to be desired for
    In ’00-01 he was named league MVP. All nba 1st team. 1st seed in the east. Brought his team past vince carters raptors and ray allen bucks both in game 7s. brought that squad to the finals and got steamrolled by one of the best teams of all time shaq/kobe lakers. You won’t find 15 better players that season.

    And ’01-02 AI missed 22 games. Still averaged 31 ppg and 2.8 steals/gm both league leading numbers. All nba second team.

    USG%36,38 TS% 52,49 TOV%10,11
    Advanced stat numbers aren’t great but still easily top 15 player in the league both years and like I said I would really enjoy seeing someone make a list of 15 players better than Kobe and AI the years they won scoring title

  58. I didn’t see he was also scoring champ in ’05 not gonna go look through the stats again but still if you could name 15 better players I would be very intrigued to hear that list

  59. “Advanced stats aren’t great but still easily top 15 player”

    i.e.

    “She wasn’t good-looking, but she looked good, you know?”

  60. Haha Touché for that comment jowles but seriously try to name 15 better players Between 00-02 better than ai. dive in to the stats you will begin to notice guys really weren’t putting up too efficient of scoring numbers across the league. Never heard anyone accuse iverson of being a weak defender either and If you want you could also take into account that iverson put up pretty damn good numbers and was the size of larkin! Maybe smaller! Or we could just agree that scoring champs are top 15 players?

  61. Well, I guess it all depends on the definition of “better”. The average basketball fan is quite heavily biased toward high scoring guys (the average basketball GM as well, as it seems, since scorers get almost always paid more than rebounders, shotblockers or – shockingly – good defenders), but here’s my list of players better than Iverson 00-02:

    Ben Wallace
    Jason Kidd
    Shaq
    Tim Duncan
    Kevin Garnett
    Dirk Nowitzki
    T-Mac
    Every Kings’ player in the starting five
    Shawn Marion
    Elton Brand
    Dikembe Mutombo

    (and you could make a case for: David Robinson, Steve Nash, John Stockton, Marcus Camby, Dale Davis, Ray Allen, Sheed, etc.)

    Having a volume scorer surely can help a team, but, believe it or not, volume scorers tend to be pretty easy to find. It’s the efficient scorers that are hard to find.

    Fun fact: Iverson has the lowest WS48 season ever for a player averaging at least 20 ppg.
    Other fun fact: Michael Jordan has only one season where he averaged at least 20 ppg and posted a WS48 less than .100 (he posted a .099 as a rotting midrange shooter in Washington in 02-03).

  62. Fun fact: Iverson has the lowest WS48 season ever for a player averaging at least 20 ppg.

    Edit: not true at all. I probably skewed the parameters of my BBRef research. That honor goes to Pistol Pete Maravich.

  63. Dikembe Mutombo

    The 2000-01 76ers were doing really good on their own even before Dikembe Mutombo went there from a lousy Atlanta season.

    I think it is unfair to call Mutombo a much better player than Iverson when he couldn’t elevate his Atlanta team. You are giving him credit to arriving to an already really good squad.

  64. Nobody can elevate by himself a team. But still, fair point. Take out Dikembe and put in David Robinson if you want.

  65. Anyone see the ESPN rankings of teams’ embrace of analytics? The Knicks, Nets, and Lakers finished last for NBA teams. That is a hilarious grouping. I normally wouldn’t put much stock in any of ESPN’s subjective rankings, but finishing in the last group isn’t good. Probably just a confirmation of how dumb and disorganized the front office and ownership are (which we already knew).

  66. WS/48 actually ranks Iverson as #16 during that time:

    Shaq
    Duncan
    Robinson
    Camby
    Dirk
    Malone
    Brand
    Stockton
    Allen
    Carter
    Webber
    Kobe
    Marion
    Garnett
    Barry (.191)
    Iverson (.190)

    So, sure about a top 15 player that year. But what does that say? That half of the teams in the league had better players than him? (And Iverson’s 2001 season was far and away his most productive year– none others really came close).

  67. And WS48 still strokes off volume scorers like no tomorrow, and doesn’t correlate with team wins very well at all.

  68. And WS48 still strokes off volume scorers like no tomorrow, and doesn’t correlate with team wins very well at all.

    Should a good “one number stat” correlate well with wins?

    I don’t think it should be something you can add linearly and get a win total. Perhaps an stat that gives you what kind of average point differential and variance you “add” to your team, and then use that to calculate a win total should be more interesting. Is there any stat like that one?

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