After Duncanís screen frees up Parker to attack Zeller, EPV actually decreases as Parker penetrates through the midrange closely marked by Zeller. But as he gets close to the basket, the EPV surges to 1.36. Parkerís dribble drive has already elevated that value of the possession by 0.39 points ó but heís not done. He increases the value of the play further when he fires that crazy baseline pass to Leonard, standing open in the corner. EPV accounts for both Leonardís great corner shooting prowess and that he is wide open. As a result, the EPV peaks at 1.75 as Parker throws the game-winning assist. There is a slight decrease in value, to 1.58, as Dion Waiters frantically attempts to close out Leonard, but Waiters is too late.
The article itself could probably spur (no pun intended) another 2-3 threads (like Ricky Rubio being the worst player in the NBA last season by EPV) but for now what jumped out to me was the fact that statistically the article promotes the value of the 3 but personally I would much rather Parker have gone up with the layup.
The Spurs were down 2 with 9.5 seconds left to play.
Should Parker have shot the ball or passed to Leonard?