View Full Version : Hero Ball Is Awful, Except When It Works, Because Then Itís the Best

02-04-2015, 05:23 PM

The last event is San Antonioís 2013-14 title run, which confirmed in the public consciousness that ball and player movement, smart shot selection, egalitarian scoring, balanced minute allocations, and a process-over-results approach are ideals capable of winning teams championships.

In this age of enlightenment, ďhero ballĒ has become an epithet. And no wonder. Numerous studies have found that iso offense is, because of its predictability, not as efficient as actions that involve motion ó both of ball and players. Take away the element of surprise and eschew misdirection, and even the lamest of NBA defenses will look pretty good when given the time to set up.

But thereís a flip side to the demonization of hero ball, which is that not an insignificant number of the greatest moments in NBA history are hero shots. In other words: Hero ball is awful, except when it works, because then itís the best.