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March 25, 2011
Individual Pace
Who Speeds Up and Who Slows Down?

by Dan Feldman

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Perhaps, no recent team has better illustrated an inner-contrast in style than the "Seven Seconds or Shaq" Phoenix Suns.

Phoenix's attempts to integrate the brutish Shaquille O'Neal into its fast-paced system failed miserably. The Suns slowed down, Shaq sped up, and neither side could ever quite achieve the best-of-both-worlds balance they sought.

That's an extreme example involving an aging center whose nicknames mostly begin with "Big" and one of the fastest teams in its era. But on a smaller scale, battles between players more comfortable playing at a different speed than their teammates play out every day in the NBA.

How can we measure that struggle, and does it matter?

Team pace and individual pace

Pace, possessions per 48 minutes, has become a common measure for a team's speed. A player's speed can also be measured by pace.

Using data from BasketballValue.com, I applied the same formula (possessions per 48 minutes) to individual players. The highest-ranking individuals all play for the fastest teams, so subtracting the team's pace from each player's pace yields more informative results.

Is player pace relevant?

I think so.

On a purely logical basis, a player has an optimum speed at which his performance peaks. So, a team will perform its best when all its players play at their optimum speeds, and for that to happen, all the players must have the same ideal speed. Either the team or its outliers (or both) will have to adjust to each other, and that will cause negative effects.

The numbers--although correlation does not equal causation--back this up. There's a statistically significant, positive correlation between how close a player's pace is to his team's pace and that player's net plus-minus.

In other words, the closer a player's pace is to his team's pace, the better the team performs with him on the court.

The obviously flaw in these numbers is that a team's pace is determined by its players' paces. The more minutes someone plays, by definition, the larger his impact on his team's pace. And of course, a team will play its best players the most minutes.

But when you exclude each team's leader in minutes, who mathematically has the largest impact on his team's pace, the correlation remains statistically significant. As it does when you exclude players who rank second on their team in minutes. And third. And fourth. All the way to 15th!

Let's look at the three biggest outliers, both in terms of playing faster and playing slower than their teams (minimum 400 minutes). Let's start with the fastest.

Jermaine Taylor (+4.21), Darnell Jackson (+4.07), Pooh Jeter (+3.14) - Sacramento Kings

The three players who increase their team's pace the most all play for the same team. On face value, this would make sense. The probably play a lot together and collectively raise each other's pace.

But that's not the case. None of the three has played even 40 percent of his minutes with another of them.

Here's a chart to show how many minutes each of the three played with the other two. To read the chart, go row-by-row. Each column lists the percentage of minutes the player on the left played with the player in the column heading. For example Jeter has played 18.1 percent of his minutes with Taylor, and Taylor has played 37.6 percent of his minutes with Jeter.

Player Jeter Taylor Jackson Both
Jeter x 18.11% 20.26% 6.89%
Taylor 37.56% x 20.83% 14.28%
Jackson 39.02% 19.35% x 13.26%

The Kings are already a fast-paced team (fifth in the league), but maybe all three of these players would be more productive if the saw more minutes together and could play even faster.

Obviously, pace is far from the only determinant of which players would be most effective with each other. But for a lottery-bound team like Sacramento, what's the downside of experimenting with lineups based on pace? Giving Jeter, Taylor and Jackson more minutes together could reveal a grouping that would have success in future seasons.

For reasons other than the numbers, Kings coach Paul Westphal might be receptive to trying it.

In an ideal world for coaches, the players who work hardest and have the best attitudes would also possess the most talent. Unfortunately, that doesn't always happen. And that's why Jackson--a Westphal favorite--has been in and out of Sacramento's rotation, despite his coach's affinity for him.

It's not too late for Westphal to reward Jackson's hard work with more playing time, and maybe he could do that without hurting his team on the court by playing Jackson with Taylor and Jeter. If a side effect is playing Jackson more, why wouldn't Westphal try it?

Now, let's look at the three players who slow their team's pace the most.

Ronnie Price (-3.15) - Utah Jazz

The Jazz has pushed the pace under Tyrone Corbin, and Price missed 15 of the first 16 games of the Corbin era after spraining his right big toe. That alone partly explains why Price's pace lags so far behind Utah's.

Price has played in just three games since returning from the injury, and it bears watching how he'll adjust to playing for a more up-tempo team.

Quincy Pondexter (-3.08) - New Orleans Hornets

This is probably bad news for Pondexter. The Hornets rank 28th in pace already, and he hasn't shown he can keep up with that. He hasn't made much of an impact offensively or defensively in the NBA. He's just sort of there.

There are many indications the game is just going too fast for him.

Joey Dorsey (-2.95) - Toronto Raptors

Part of the reason the Raptors' pace is lower with Dorsey is his high offensive rebound rate (16.9 percent, according to Basketball-Reference.com). Offensive rebounds lead to longer possessions, lowering a team's pace, but not how fast it gets into its offense. But Toronto has three other quality offensive rebounders--Reggie Evans (19.0 percent), Ed Davis (12.2 percent) and Amir Johnson (11.8) percent--who don't slow its pace as much.

Dorsey has battled foot and back problems this season, and those likely have slowed him. The Raptors might be better off relying on Evans, Davis and Johnson so they can preserve the transition offense that helps them compensate for the lack of a low-post threat.

Practical application for NBA teams

Some players adjust better to different paces than others do, and teams should recognize that when setting rotations and considering roster moves. We'll never know how well a player can play at a certain pace until he does it.

Scouting can probably predict a player's ability to handle a certain speed better than statistics ever will. But stats can identify which players are playing faster or slower than their teammates, and that gives teams a head start for where to channel their scouting energies.

Of course, there's a value in change-of-pace players keeping opponents off balance. And a team will never fill its entire roster with players who prefer to play the same speed.

Still, I think there's a benefit in targeting players who play at similar speeds and adding change-of-pace players only when they'd have enough teammates comfortable playing at that other speed with them.

Complete chart

If you want to analyze this further, here's a chart showing how the individual pace of every player in the NBA's differs from his team's pace:

Player                    Tm    Min   IPace   TPace    Diff
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Skinner, Brian           MIL      6   106.1    90.0    16.1
Robinson, Nate           OKC      8   106.1    93.1    13.0
Oberto, Fabricio         POR     45   100.4    88.7    11.8
Cousin, Marcus           UTA     18   103.6    91.9    11.7
Novak, Steve             DAL     18   102.7    91.3    11.4
Johnson, Chris           POR     36    99.6    88.7    10.9
Owens, Larry             SAS     31   103.6    92.9    10.8
Smith, Joe               LAL     32   101.1    90.9    10.2
Vujacic, Sasha           LAL     54   101.0    90.9    10.0
Balkman, Renaldo         NYK     18   105.4    95.9     9.5
Butler, Rasual           CHI     12    98.9    90.6     8.3
Ebanks, Devin            LAL    118    99.2    90.9     8.2
Carroll, DeMarre         MEM     39   100.0    92.1     7.9
Thabeet, Hasheem         HOU      4   102.4    94.6     7.9
Smith, Ishmael           MEM     46    99.6    92.1     7.6
Johnson, James           CHI    123    96.5    90.6     5.9
Mozgov, Timofey          DEN     40   101.3    95.4     5.9
Scalabrine, Brian        CHI     88    96.3    90.6     5.8
Brewer, Corey            DAL     62    96.9    91.3     5.6
Koufos, Kosta            DEN     26   101.0    95.4     5.5

Player                    Tm    Min   IPace   TPace    Diff
-----------------------------------------------------------
Ratliff, Theo            LAL     67    96.3    90.9     5.4
Babbitt, Luke            POR     99    93.8    88.7     5.2
Beaubois, Rodrigue       DAL    312    96.3    91.3     5.1
Ming, Yao                HOU     91    99.4    94.6     4.9
Wright, Brandan          NJN     31    94.7    89.8     4.8
Stojakovic, Peja         DAL    296    96.0    91.3     4.8
Caracter, Derrick        LAL    213    95.7    90.9     4.7
Johnson, Armon           POR    239    93.4    88.7     4.7
Kapono, Jason            PHI     93    96.5    92.2     4.4
Siler, Garret            PHX     57    98.8    94.5     4.3
Taylor, Jermaine         SAC    402    99.1    94.9     4.2
Jackson, Darnell         SAC    433    99.0    94.9     4.1
Thomas, Etan             ATL     42    93.4    89.5     3.9
Moon, Jamario            LAC    111    96.3    92.4     3.9
Marks, Sean              POR    208    92.5    88.7     3.8
Banks, Marcus            TOR     22    97.1    93.3     3.8
Clark, Earl              PHX     72    98.2    94.5     3.7
Law, Acie                MEM     94    95.8    92.1     3.7
Harris, Mike             HOU      2    98.2    94.6     3.6
Crawford, Jordan         ATL    160    93.1    89.5     3.6

Player                    Tm    Min   IPace   TPace    Diff
-----------------------------------------------------------
Smith, Joe               NJN     25    93.4    89.8     3.6
Peterson, Morris         OKC     23    96.3    93.1     3.2
Jeter, Eugene            SAC    834    98.0    94.9     3.1
Forbes, Gary             DEN    660    98.5    95.4     3.1
Koufos, Kosta            MIN    336   100.1    97.0     3.0
Carroll, Matt            CHA    396    92.9    89.9     3.0
Harris, Devin            UTA    377    94.7    91.9     2.8
Williams, Deron          NJN    313    92.6    89.8     2.8
Haddadi, Hamed           MEM    100    94.8    92.1     2.8
Howard, Josh             WAS    409    96.5    93.8     2.7
Richardson, Jason        PHX    796    97.2    94.5     2.7
Dupree, Ronald           TOR     13    96.0    93.3     2.7
Mullens, Byron           OKC     56    95.7    93.1     2.6
Evans, Maurice           WAS    313    96.4    93.8     2.6
Favors, Derrick          UTA    214    94.5    91.9     2.6
Diop, DeSagana           CHA    181    92.5    89.9     2.6
James, Damion            NJN    403    92.4    89.8     2.5
Stojakovic, Peja         NOH     89    91.3    88.9     2.4
Powell, Josh             ATL    563    91.9    89.5     2.4

Player                    Tm    Min   IPace   TPace    Diff
-----------------------------------------------------------
Williams, Mo             LAC    364    94.8    92.4     2.4
Teague, Jeff             ATL    797    91.8    89.5     2.3
Randolph, Anthony        NYK    127    98.2    95.9     2.3
Gaines, Sundiata         NJN    146    92.0    89.8     2.2
Haslem, Udonis           MIA    345    93.2    91.1     2.1
Jeffers, Othyus          WAS     28    95.9    93.8     2.1
Bradley, Avery           BOS    129    92.3    90.3     2.1
Temple, Garrett          SAS     20    94.9    92.9     2.0
Thornton, Marcus         SAC    543    96.9    94.9     2.0
Mensah-Bonsu, Pops       NOH     35    90.9    88.9     1.9
Williams, Terrence       NJN    206    91.8    89.8     1.9
Bibby, Mike              WAS     29    95.7    93.8     1.9
Ajinca, Alexis           TOR    125    95.2    93.3     1.9
Wright, Brandan          GSW    195    96.9    95.1     1.8
Casspi, Omri             SAC   1665    96.7    94.9     1.8
Gadzuric, Dan            NJN     27    91.6    89.8     1.8
Armstrong, Hilton        ATL     45    91.3    89.5     1.8
Redick, J.J.             ORL   1513    93.2    91.4     1.8
Clark, Earl              ORL    310    93.2    91.4     1.8
Williams, Jason          MEM    124    93.8    92.1     1.7
Bynum, Will              DET    990    90.4    88.7     1.7

Player                    Tm    Min   IPace   TPace    Diff
-----------------------------------------------------------
Arenas, Gilbert          ORL    894    93.1    91.4     1.7
Harangody, Luke          BOS    241    91.9    90.3     1.7
Songaila, Darius         PHI     71    93.8    92.2     1.7
Mayo, O.J.               MEM   1642    93.8    92.1     1.7
Collins, Jarron          POR     24    90.3    88.7     1.6
Carney, Rodney           GSW    331    96.7    95.1     1.6
Ginobili, Manu           SAS   2151    94.5    92.9     1.6
Stephenson, Lance        IND    110    96.4    94.8     1.6
Lopez, Robin             PHX    897    96.0    94.5     1.6
Brown, Derrick           NYK     16    97.4    95.9     1.5
Weems, Sonny             TOR   1267    94.8    93.3     1.5
Nocioni, Andres          PHI    797    93.7    92.2     1.5
Martin, Kevin            HOU   2226    96.0    94.6     1.5
Summers, DaJuan          DET    163    90.1    88.7     1.4
Seraphin, Kevin          WAS    464    95.1    93.8     1.4
Brooks, Aaron            PHX    200    95.8    94.5     1.3
Green, Danny             SAS     14    94.2    92.9     1.3
Scola, Luis              HOU   2186    95.9    94.6     1.3
McRoberts, Josh          IND   1372    96.1    94.8     1.3
Lawson, Ty               DEN   1771    96.7    95.4     1.3

Player                    Tm    Min   IPace   TPace    Diff
-----------------------------------------------------------
Sefolosha, Thabo         OKC   1780    94.4    93.1     1.3
Villanueva, Charlie      DET   1533    89.9    88.7     1.3
Evans, Maurice           ATL    837    90.8    89.5     1.3
Wilcox, Chris            DET    781    89.9    88.7     1.2
Jennings, Brandon        MIL   1703    91.2    90.0     1.2
Mills, Patrick           POR    708    89.9    88.7     1.2
Balkman, Renaldo         DEN     44    96.7    95.4     1.2
Collison, Darren         IND   2084    96.0    94.8     1.2
Gordon, Ben              DET   1931    89.9    88.7     1.2
Hayward, Lazar           MIN    369    98.2    97.0     1.2
Curry, Stephen           GSW   2137    96.3    95.1     1.2
Felton, Raymond          NYK   2074    97.1    95.9     1.2
Stojakovic, Peja         TOR     22    94.5    93.3     1.2
Jack, Jarrett            TOR    347    94.5    93.3     1.1
Randolph, Anthony        MIN    185    98.1    97.0     1.1
Maggette, Corey          MIL   1281    91.1    90.0     1.1
Powe, Leon               MEM     64    93.2    92.1     1.1
Harrington, Al           DEN   1469    96.5    95.4     1.1
Krstic, Nenad            OKC   1018    94.2    93.1     1.1
Crawford, Jamal          ATL   2001    90.5    89.5     1.0

Player                    Tm    Min   IPace   TPace    Diff
-----------------------------------------------------------
Collins, Jarron          LAC    157    93.5    92.4     1.0
Daye, Austin             DET   1193    89.7    88.7     1.0
Ross, Quinton            NJN    349    90.8    89.8     1.0
Battier, Shane           HOU   1818    95.6    94.6     1.0
Hayward, Gordon          UTA    872    92.9    91.9     1.0
Noah, Joakim             CHI   1324    91.5    90.6     1.0
Garnett, Kevin           BOS   1925    91.2    90.3     1.0
Farmar, Jordan           NJN   1457    90.8    89.8     1.0
Ivey, Royal              OKC    143    94.1    93.1     1.0
Durant, Kevin            OKC   2585    94.0    93.1     0.9
Hill, Grant              PHX   2065    95.4    94.5     0.9
Dunleavy, Mike           IND   1547    95.7    94.8     0.9
Chandler, Wilson         NYK   1759    96.8    95.9     0.9
Westbrook, Russell       OKC   2453    94.0    93.1     0.9
Anderson, Ryan           ORL   1174    92.3    91.4     0.9
Ariza, Trevor            NOH   2217    89.8    88.9     0.9
Calderon, Jose           TOR   1968    94.2    93.3     0.9
Jamison, Antawn          CLE   1842    94.3    93.4     0.9
Speights, Marreese       PHI    676    93.0    92.2     0.8
Kaman, Chris             LAC    641    93.3    92.4     0.8

Player                    Tm    Min   IPace   TPace    Diff
-----------------------------------------------------------
Allen, Tony              MEM   1237    92.9    92.1     0.8
Sessions, Ramon          CLE   1843    94.2    93.4     0.8
Paul, Chris              NOH   2485    89.7    88.9     0.8
Wilkins, Damien          ATL    569    90.3    89.5     0.8
Augustin, D.J.           CHA   2334    90.7    89.9     0.8
Eyenga, Christian        CLE    795    94.2    93.4     0.8
Parker, Tony             SAS   2200    93.6    92.9     0.8
Lewis, Rashard           WAS   1014    94.5    93.8     0.8
Wall, John               WAS   2145    94.5    93.8     0.8
Johnson, James           TOR    325    94.1    93.3     0.7
Wright, Dorell           GSW   2757    95.8    95.1     0.7
Barnes, Matt             LAL    897    91.7    90.9     0.7
Fernandez, Rudy          POR   1576    89.4    88.7     0.7
Rondo, Rajon             BOS   2199    91.0    90.3     0.7
Sanders, Larry           MIL    740    90.7    90.0     0.7
Smith, J.R.              DEN   1678    96.1    95.4     0.7
Smith, Jason             NOH    973    89.6    88.9     0.7
Matthews, Wes            POR   2432    89.4    88.7     0.7
Gallinari, Danilo        NYK   1671    96.6    95.9     0.7
Vujacic, Sasha           NJN   1197    90.5    89.8     0.7

Player                    Tm    Min   IPace   TPace    Diff
-----------------------------------------------------------
Meeks, Jodie             PHI   1696    92.8    92.2     0.7
Kidd, Jason              DAL   2338    91.9    91.3     0.7
Nash, Steve              PHX   2194    95.1    94.5     0.7
Arthur, Darrell          MEM   1426    92.7    92.1     0.6
Brewer, Corey            MIN   1362    97.7    97.0     0.6
Young, Nick              WAS   1988    94.4    93.8     0.6
Stackhouse, Jerry        MIA     50    91.7    91.1     0.6
Bayless, Jerryd          NOH    149    89.5    88.9     0.6
George, Paul             IND   1054    95.4    94.8     0.6
Millsap, Paul            UTA   2244    92.5    91.9     0.6
Evans, Jeremy            UTA    333    92.5    91.9     0.6
Duncan, Tim              SAS   1956    93.5    92.9     0.6
Okur, Mehmet             UTA    168    92.5    91.9     0.6
Brockman, Jon            MIL    652    90.6    90.0     0.6
Pierce, Paul             BOS   2421    90.9    90.3     0.6
Lee, David               GSW   2243    95.7    95.1     0.6
Murphy, Troy             NJN    288    90.4    89.8     0.6
Andersen, Chris          DEN    625    96.0    95.4     0.6
Bell, Raja               UTA   1994    92.5    91.9     0.6
Belinelli, Marco         NOH   1701    89.4    88.9     0.5

Player                    Tm    Min   IPace   TPace    Diff
-----------------------------------------------------------
Douglas-Roberts, Chris   MIL    860    90.5    90.0     0.5
Thomas, Tyrus            CHA    841    90.5    89.9     0.5
Telfair, Sebastian       MIN    711    97.5    97.0     0.5
Hickson, J.J.            CLE   1870    93.9    93.4     0.5
Richardson, Jason        ORL   1594    91.9    91.4     0.5
Batum, Nicolas           POR   2221    89.2    88.7     0.5
Wade, Dwyane             MIA   2494    91.5    91.1     0.5
Fisher, Derek            LAL   1960    91.4    90.9     0.4
Kleiza, Linas            TOR   1032    93.8    93.3     0.4
Johnson, Wesley          MIN   1785    97.5    97.0     0.4
Green, Jeff              OKC   1815    93.5    93.1     0.4
Rose, Derrick            CHI   2582    91.0    90.6     0.4
Diaw, Boris              CHA   2337    90.3    89.9     0.4
Mohammed, Nazr           CHA    851    90.3    89.9     0.4
Beasley, Michael         MIN   1984    97.4    97.0     0.4
Carter, Vince            PHX   1151    94.9    94.5     0.4
Williams, Deron          UTA   2009    92.3    91.9     0.4
James, LeBron            MIA   2656    91.4    91.1     0.4
Lowry, Kyle              HOU   2294    94.9    94.6     0.4
Ilyasova, Ersan          MIL   1398    90.4    90.0     0.4

Player                    Tm    Min   IPace   TPace    Diff
-----------------------------------------------------------
Armstrong, Hilton        WAS    412    94.2    93.8     0.4
Cunningham, Dante        POR   1108    89.1    88.7     0.4
Greene, Donte            SAC    928    95.3    94.9     0.4
Hamilton, Richard        DET   1162    89.0    88.7     0.4
Jones, James             MIA   1265    91.4    91.1     0.4
Dragic, Goran            HOU    157    94.9    94.6     0.4
Davis, Baron             LAC   1269    92.8    92.4     0.4
Gomes, Ryan              LAC   2029    92.8    92.4     0.4
O'Neal, Shaquille        BOS    746    90.6    90.3     0.4
Wafer, Von               BOS    465    90.6    90.3     0.3
Korver, Kyle             CHI   1432    90.9    90.6     0.3
Granger, Danny           IND   2479    95.1    94.8     0.3
Brown, Derrick           CHA    488    90.3    89.9     0.3
Moon, Jamario            CLE    764    93.8    93.4     0.3
Butler, Rasual           LAC    744    92.8    92.4     0.3
Chalmers, Mario          MIA   1461    91.4    91.1     0.3
Barbosa, Leandro         TOR   1244    93.6    93.3     0.3
Wallace, Gerald          CHA   1872    90.2    89.9     0.3
Robinson, Nate           BOS    983    90.5    90.3     0.3
Young, Thaddeus          PHI   1836    92.4    92.2     0.3

Player                    Tm    Min   IPace   TPace    Diff
-----------------------------------------------------------
Chandler, Tyson          DAL   1788    91.5    91.3     0.3
Gordon, Eric             LAC   1679    92.7    92.4     0.3
Bargnani, Andrea         TOR   2247    93.6    93.3     0.3
Krstic, Nenad            BOS    358    90.5    90.3     0.3
Fields, Landry           NYK   2273    96.1    95.9     0.2
Jackson, Stephen         CHA   2326    90.2    89.9     0.2
Biedrins, Andris         GSW   1397    95.3    95.1     0.2
Dampier, Erick           MIA    699    91.3    91.1     0.2
Howard, Dwight           ORL   2598    91.6    91.4     0.2
Aldrich, Cole            OKC    140    93.3    93.1     0.2
Jones, Solomon           IND    502    95.0    94.8     0.2
Warrick, Hakim           PHX   1205    94.6    94.5     0.2
Garcia, Francisco        SAC   1097    95.1    94.9     0.2
Gallinari, Danilo        DEN    149    95.6    95.4     0.2
Conley, Mike             MEM   2553    92.3    92.1     0.2
Humphries, Kris          NJN   1932    90.0    89.8     0.2
Butler, Caron            DAL    867    91.4    91.3     0.2
Hibbert, Roy             IND   1961    95.0    94.8     0.2
Green, Willie            NOH   1456    89.1    88.9     0.2
Allen, Ray               BOS   2521    90.4    90.3     0.1

Player                    Tm    Min   IPace   TPace    Diff
-----------------------------------------------------------
Blair, DeJuan            SAS   1500    93.0    92.9     0.1
Williams, Louis          PHI   1620    92.3    92.2     0.1
Ellis, Monta             GSW   2903    95.2    95.1     0.1
Gay, Rudy                MEM   2152    92.2    92.1     0.1
Foye, Randy              LAC   1278    92.6    92.4     0.1
Deng, Luol               CHI   2746    90.7    90.6     0.1
Williams, Mo             CLE   1065    93.5    93.4     0.1
Turkoglu, Hedo           ORL   1556    91.5    91.4     0.1
Nowitzki, Dirk           DAL   2087    91.4    91.3     0.1
Delfino, Carlos          MIL   1252    90.1    90.0     0.1
Arenas, Gilbert          WAS    726    93.9    93.8     0.1
Felton, Raymond          DEN    342    95.5    95.4     0.1
Holiday, Jrue            PHI   2481    92.2    92.2     0.1
Alabi, Solomon           TOR     40    93.4    93.3     0.1
Derozan, DeMar           TOR   2399    93.4    93.3     0.1
Parker, Anthony          CLE   1798    93.5    93.4     0.1
Splitter, Tiago          SAS    570    92.9    92.9     0.0
Artest, Ron              LAL   2058    91.0    90.9     0.0
Bosh, Chris              MIA   2430    91.1    91.1     0.0
Williams, Shelden        DEN    713    95.5    95.4     0.0

Player                    Tm    Min   IPace   TPace    Diff
-----------------------------------------------------------
Smith, Josh              ATL   2431    89.5    89.5     0.0
Bryant, Kobe             LAL   2406    90.9    90.9     0.0
Aminu, Al-Farouq         LAC   1271    92.5    92.4     0.0
Gasol, Pau               LAL   2653    90.9    90.9     0.0
Salmons, John            MIL   2115    90.0    90.0     0.0
Ridnour, Luke            MIN   1796    97.0    97.0     0.0
Brown, Shannon           LAL   1374    90.9    90.9     0.0
Miles, C.J.              UTA   1708    91.9    91.9     0.0
Maxiell, Jason           DET    718    88.7    88.7     0.0
Turner, Evan             PHI   1606    92.1    92.2     0.0
Turiaf, Ronny            NYK   1032    95.9    95.9     0.0
Boykins, Earl            MIL    817    90.0    90.0     0.0
Nelson, Jameer           ORL   2019    91.4    91.4     0.0
Frye, Channing           PHX   2105    94.4    94.5    -0.1
Stevenson, DeShawn       DAL   1074    91.2    91.3    -0.1
Graham, Stephen          NJN    756    89.8    89.8    -0.1
Turkoglu, Hedo           PHX    630    94.4    94.5    -0.1
Udrih, Beno              SAC   2328    94.8    94.9    -0.1
Kirilenko, Andrei        UTA   1999    91.8    91.9    -0.1
Williams, Jason          ORL    171    91.4    91.4    -0.1

Player                    Tm    Min   IPace   TPace    Diff
-----------------------------------------------------------
Gee, Alonzo              CLE    644    93.3    93.4    -0.1
Asik, Omer               CHI    868    90.5    90.6    -0.1
Griffin, Blake           LAC   2677    92.4    92.4    -0.1
Iguodala, Andre          PHI   2137    92.1    92.2    -0.1
Richardson, Quentin      ORL    832    91.3    91.4    -0.1
Hudson, Lester           WAS     73    93.7    93.8    -0.1
Stuckey, Rodney          DET   1865    88.5    88.7    -0.1
Thompson, Jason          SAC   1412    94.8    94.9    -0.1
Brewer, Ronnie           CHI   1570    90.4    90.6    -0.2
Ilgauskas, Zydrunas      MIA   1034    90.9    91.1    -0.2
Jefferson, Richard       SAS   2108    92.7    92.9    -0.2
Harris, Devin            NJN   1724    89.7    89.8    -0.2
Andersen, David          TOR    150    93.2    93.3    -0.2
Erden, Semih             BOS    531    90.1    90.3    -0.2
Jefferson, Al            UTA   2595    91.7    91.9    -0.2
Stoudemire, Amare        NYK   2584    95.7    95.9    -0.2
Booker, Trevor           WAS   1000    93.6    93.8    -0.2
Walker, Bill             NYK    617    95.7    95.9    -0.2
Amundson, Louis          GSW    504    94.9    95.1    -0.2
Thabeet, Hasheem         MEM    369    91.9    92.1    -0.2
Thornton, Marcus         NOH    745    88.7    88.9    -0.2

Player                    Tm    Min   IPace   TPace    Diff
-----------------------------------------------------------
Miller, Mike             MIA    706    90.8    91.1    -0.2
Allen, Malik             ORL    118    91.2    91.4    -0.2
Arroyo, Carlos           MIA    995    90.8    91.1    -0.2
Ellington, Wayne         MIN    983    96.8    97.0    -0.2
Mahinmi, Ian             DAL    387    91.0    91.3    -0.2
West, David              NOH   2413    88.7    88.9    -0.2
Milicic, Darko           MIN   1555    96.8    97.0    -0.3
Okafor, Emeka            NOH   1943    88.6    88.9    -0.3
Gibson, Daniel           CLE   1568    93.2    93.4    -0.3
Terry, Jason             DAL   2231    91.0    91.3    -0.3
Anthony, Carmelo         DEN   1774    95.2    95.4    -0.3
Boozer, Carlos           CHI   1496    90.3    90.6    -0.3
Henderson, Gerald        CHA   1259    89.6    89.9    -0.3
Battier, Shane           MEM    327    91.8    92.1    -0.3
Love, Kevin              MIN   2548    96.7    97.0    -0.3
Andersen, David          NOH    208    88.6    88.9    -0.3
Johnson, Amir            TOR   1704    93.0    93.3    -0.3
Martin, Cartier          WAS    470    93.5    93.8    -0.3
Budinger, Chase          HOU   1402    94.2    94.6    -0.3

Player                    Tm    Min   IPace   TPace    Diff
-----------------------------------------------------------
Crawford, Jordan         WAS    345    93.4    93.8    -0.4
Odom, Lamar              LAL   2308    90.6    90.9    -0.4
Flynn, Jonny             MIN    820    96.7    97.0    -0.4
Smith, Ishmael           HOU    328    94.2    94.6    -0.4
Harangody, Luke          CLE    156    93.0    93.4    -0.4
Ajinca, Alexis           DAL     75    90.9    91.3    -0.4
McGuire, Dominic         CHA    574    89.5    89.9    -0.4
Rush, Brandon            IND   1520    94.4    94.8    -0.4
Lucas, John              CHI     10    90.1    90.6    -0.4
Hansbrough, Tyler        IND   1283    94.4    94.8    -0.4
Morrow, Anthony          NJN   1672    89.4    89.8    -0.4
Aldridge, LaMarcus       POR   2816    88.2    88.7    -0.5
Hayes, Chuck             HOU   1717    94.1    94.6    -0.5
Young, Sam               MEM   1322    91.6    92.1    -0.5
Lopez, Brook             NJN   2469    89.4    89.8    -0.5
Douglas, Toney           NYK   1668    95.4    95.9    -0.5
Hill, George             SAS   1804    92.4    92.9    -0.5
Johnson, Joe             ATL   2279    89.0    89.5    -0.5
Horford, Al              ATL   2355    89.0    89.5    -0.5
Outlaw, Travis           NJN   2039    89.3    89.8    -0.5

Player                    Tm    Min   IPace   TPace    Diff
-----------------------------------------------------------
Thomas, Kurt             CHI   1035    90.0    90.6    -0.5
Anderson, James          SAS    227    92.3    92.9    -0.5
Harden, James            OKC   1864    92.5    93.1    -0.6
Radmanovic, Vladimir     GSW   1112    94.5    95.1    -0.6
Daniels, Marquis         BOS    938    89.7    90.3    -0.6
Jianlian, Yi             WAS    812    93.2    93.8    -0.6
Cook, Daequan            OKC    445    92.5    93.1    -0.6
Marion, Shawn            DAL   1885    90.7    91.3    -0.6
Dooling, Keyon           MIL   1551    89.4    90.0    -0.6
Samuels, Samardo         CLE    633    92.8    93.4    -0.6
Arroyo, Carlos           BOS     97    89.6    90.3    -0.6
Petro, Johan             NJN    705    89.2    89.8    -0.6
Davis, Ed                TOR   1200    92.7    93.3    -0.6
Mozgov, Timofey          NYK    458    95.2    95.9    -0.6
Watson, C.J.             CHI    927    89.9    90.6    -0.7
Blatche, Andray          WAS   1874    93.1    93.8    -0.7
Fesenko, Kyrylo          UTA    423    91.2    91.9    -0.7
Cook, Brian              LAC    420    91.8    92.4    -0.7
House, Eddie             MIA    860    90.4    91.1    -0.7
Monroe, Greg             DET   1858    88.0    88.7    -0.7

Player                    Tm    Min   IPace   TPace    Diff
-----------------------------------------------------------
Shakur, Mustafa          WAS    107    93.1    93.8    -0.7
Chandler, Wilson         DEN    407    94.8    95.4    -0.7
Bogut, Andrew            MIL   2011    89.3    90.0    -0.7
Dowdell, Zabian          PHX    195    93.8    94.5    -0.7
Jordan, DeAndre          LAC   1812    91.8    92.4    -0.7
Hollins, Ryan            CLE    838    92.7    93.4    -0.7
Walton, Luke             LAL    422    90.2    90.9    -0.7
Bledsoe, Eric            LAC   1699    91.7    92.4    -0.7
Bibby, Mike              ATL   1674    88.8    89.5    -0.7
Blake, Steve             LAL   1412    90.2    90.9    -0.7
Wallace, Gerald          POR    428    87.9    88.7    -0.7
Hawes, Spencer           PHI   1418    91.4    92.2    -0.7
Warren, Willie           LAC    134    91.7    92.4    -0.7
Miller, Brad             HOU    920    93.8    94.6    -0.7
Pachulia, Zaza           ATL   1028    88.7    89.5    -0.8
Tolliver, Anthony        MIN   1017    96.3    97.0    -0.8
Haywood, Brendan         DAL   1140    90.5    91.3    -0.8
Billups, Chauncey        DEN   1646    94.7    95.4    -0.8
Bogans, Keith            CHI   1240    89.8    90.6    -0.8
Randolph, Zach           MEM   2451    91.3    92.1    -0.8

Player                    Tm    Min   IPace   TPace    Diff
-----------------------------------------------------------
Pavlovic, Sasha          BOS     78    89.5    90.3    -0.8
Harris, Manny            CLE    850    92.6    93.4    -0.8
Neal, Gary               SAS   1404    92.1    92.9    -0.8
Carter, Anthony          DEN    153    94.6    95.4    -0.8
Graham, Joey             CLE    527    92.6    93.4    -0.8
McGee, JaVale            WAS   1779    93.0    93.8    -0.8
Dudley, Jared            PHX   1696    93.6    94.5    -0.8
Carney, Rodney           MEM      5    91.3    92.1    -0.8
Brooks, Aaron            HOU    811    93.7    94.6    -0.8
Najera, Eduardo          CHA    355    89.1    89.9    -0.8
Gee, Alonzo              WAS    127    92.9    93.8    -0.8
Afflalo, Arron           DEN   2282    94.6    95.4    -0.8
Mbenga, DJ               NOH    311    88.0    88.9    -0.9
Wright, Julian           TOR    649    92.4    93.3    -0.9
Dalembert, Samuel        SAC   1576    94.0    94.9    -0.9
Brand, Elton             PHI   2410    91.3    92.2    -0.9
Pekovic, Nikola          MIN    742    96.1    97.0    -0.9
Diogu, Ike               LAC    447    91.6    92.4    -0.9
Cousins, DeMarcus        SAC   1942    94.0    94.9    -0.9
Roy, Brandon             POR   1113    87.8    88.7    -0.9

Player                    Tm    Min   IPace   TPace    Diff
-----------------------------------------------------------
Perkins, Kendrick        BOS    313    89.3    90.3    -0.9
Mbah a Moute, Luc        MIL   1755    89.0    90.0    -1.0
Varejao, Anderson        CLE    994    92.5    93.4    -1.0
Thornton, Al             WAS   1069    92.8    93.8    -1.0
Anthony, Carmelo         NYK    615    94.9    95.9    -1.0
Hinrich, Kirk            WAS   1471    92.8    93.8    -1.0
Gibson, Taj              CHI   1498    89.5    90.6    -1.1
Williams, Marvin         ATL   1599    88.4    89.5    -1.1
Williams, Jawad          CLE    391    92.4    93.4    -1.1
Pavlovic, Sasha          NOH     50    87.8    88.9    -1.1
Przybilla, Joel          POR    445    87.6    88.7    -1.1
Gasol, Marc              MEM   2268    91.0    92.1    -1.1
Udoka, Ime               SAS    130    91.8    92.9    -1.1
Williams, Reggie         GSW   1428    94.0    95.1    -1.1
Collins, Jason           ATL    551    88.4    89.5    -1.1
Pietrus, Mickael         PHX    687    93.3    94.5    -1.1
Miller, Andre            POR   2297    87.5    88.7    -1.1
Prince, Tayshaun         DET   2231    87.5    88.7    -1.1
Ely, Melvin              DEN    341    94.3    95.4    -1.1
Bass, Brandon            ORL   1672    90.3    91.4    -1.2

Player                    Tm    Min   IPace   TPace    Diff
-----------------------------------------------------------
Howard, Juwan            MIA    507    89.9    91.1    -1.2
Martin, Kenyon           DEN    956    94.3    95.4    -1.2
Anthony, Joel            MIA   1268    89.9    91.1    -1.2
Hilario, Nene            DEN   1990    94.2    95.4    -1.2
Ibaka, Serge             OKC   1865    91.9    93.1    -1.2
Williams, Shawne         NYK   1083    94.7    95.9    -1.2
McDyess, Antonio         SAS   1170    91.7    92.9    -1.2
Lewis, Rashard           ORL    810    90.2    91.4    -1.2
Davis, Glen              BOS   1927    89.0    90.3    -1.2
Magloire, Jamaal         MIA    123    89.8    91.1    -1.2
Vasquez, Greivis         MEM    734    90.9    92.1    -1.2
Thornton, Al             GSW    166    93.9    95.1    -1.2
Carter, Vince            ORL    664    90.2    91.4    -1.3
Lee, Courtney            HOU   1460    93.3    94.6    -1.3
Smith, Craig             LAC    434    91.2    92.4    -1.3
Bayless, Jerryd          TOR    966    92.0    93.3    -1.3
Rautins, Andy            NYK     24    94.6    95.9    -1.3
Cardinal, Brian          DAL    548    90.0    91.3    -1.3
Duhon, Chris             ORL    640    90.1    91.4    -1.3
Gray, Aaron              NOH    376    87.6    88.9    -1.3

Player                    Tm    Min   IPace   TPace    Diff
-----------------------------------------------------------
Bonner, Matt             SAS   1167    91.5    92.9    -1.3
Favors, Derrick          NJN   1091    88.5    89.8    -1.3
Webster, Martell         MIN    828    95.7    97.0    -1.4
Barea, Jose              DAL   1392    89.9    91.3    -1.4
Gadzuric, Dan            GSW    297    93.7    95.1    -1.4
McGrady, Tracy           DET   1586    87.3    88.7    -1.4
Evans, Reggie            TOR    596    91.9    93.3    -1.4
Brown, Kwame             CHA   1308    88.5    89.9    -1.4
Billups, Chauncey        NYK    356    94.4    95.9    -1.5
Pavlovic, Sasha          DAL    163    89.8    91.3    -1.5
Posey, James             IND    797    93.3    94.8    -1.5
Perkins, Kendrick        OKC    119    91.6    93.1    -1.5
Dragic, Goran            PHX    856    93.0    94.5    -1.5
Livingston, Shaun        CHA   1217    88.5    89.9    -1.5
Jack, Jarrett            NOH   1110    87.4    88.9    -1.5
Gooden, Drew             MIL    591    88.5    90.0    -1.5
Landry, Carl             NOH    270    87.3    88.9    -1.6
Foster, Jeff             IND    817    93.2    94.8    -1.6
Henry, Xavier            MEM    527    90.4    92.1    -1.7
Evans, Tyreke            SAC   1741    93.2    94.9    -1.7

Player                    Tm    Min   IPace   TPace    Diff
-----------------------------------------------------------
Maynor, Eric             OKC   1028    91.4    93.1    -1.7
Gaines, Sundiata         MIN     65    95.3    97.0    -1.7
Law, Acie                GSW    632    93.4    95.1    -1.7
Hill, Jordan             HOU   1052    92.8    94.6    -1.7
Landry, Carl             SAC   1406    93.1    94.9    -1.8
O'Neal, Jermaine         BOS    307    88.5    90.3    -1.8
Battie, Tony             PHI    368    90.4    92.2    -1.8
Watson, Earl             UTA   1246    90.0    91.9    -1.8
Pietrus, Mickael         ORL    418    89.6    91.4    -1.9
Carter, Anthony          NYK    134    94.0    95.9    -1.9
Novak, Steve             SAS    123    91.0    92.9    -1.9
Elson, Francisco         UTA    581    89.9    91.9    -2.0
Wallace, Ben             DET   1230    86.6    88.7    -2.0
Collison, Nick           OKC   1301    91.1    93.1    -2.0
White, D.J.              OKC    219    91.0    93.1    -2.1
Ford, T.J.               IND    752    92.7    94.8    -2.1
Jones, Dominique         DAL    135    89.2    91.3    -2.1
Camby, Marcus            POR   1369    86.6    88.7    -2.1
Barron, Earl             PHX    183    92.3    94.5    -2.2
Price, A.J.              IND    613    92.6    94.8    -2.2

Player                    Tm    Min   IPace   TPace    Diff
-----------------------------------------------------------
Udoh, Ekpe               GSW    765    92.9    95.1    -2.2
Bynum, Andrew            LAL   1190    88.7    90.9    -2.2
Gortat, Marcin           PHX   1215    92.2    94.5    -2.2
Mason, Roger             NYK    272    93.6    95.9    -2.3
Uzoh, Ben                NJN    290    87.5    89.8    -2.3
Williams, Shelden        NYK     56    93.6    95.9    -2.3
Adrien, Jeff             GSW    169    92.8    95.1    -2.3
Childress, Josh          PHX    654    92.1    94.5    -2.4
Hinrich, Kirk            ATL    397    87.0    89.5    -2.5
Collins, Sherron         CHA     66    87.4    89.9    -2.5
Jones, Dahntay           IND    490    92.3    94.8    -2.5
Head, Luther             SAC    586    92.2    94.9    -2.7
Patterson, Patrick       HOU    660    91.8    94.6    -2.7
Williams, Terrence       HOU     84    91.8    94.6    -2.8
White, D.J.              CHA    236    87.1    89.9    -2.8
Johnson, Chris           BOS     32    87.4    90.3    -2.8
Barron, Earl             MIL     85    87.1    90.0    -2.9
N'Diaye, Hamady          WAS     55    90.9    93.8    -2.9
Dorsey, Joey             TOR    415    90.4    93.3    -3.0
Pondexter, Quincy        NOH    634    85.8    88.9    -3.1

Player                    Tm    Min   IPace   TPace    Diff
-----------------------------------------------------------
Price, Ronnie            UTA    648    88.7    91.9    -3.2
Simmons, Bobby           SAS     16    89.7    92.9    -3.2
Bibby, Mike              MIA    248    87.8    91.1    -3.2
Cunningham, Dante        CHA    176    86.7    89.9    -3.2
Quinn, Chris             SAS    257    89.5    92.9    -3.3
Mohammed, Nazr           OKC    211    89.7    93.1    -3.4
Jeffries, Jared          NYK    280    92.4    95.9    -3.5
Green, Jeff              BOS    318    86.6    90.3    -3.6
Lin, Jeremy              GSW    199    91.4    95.1    -3.7
Greene, Orien            NJN      5    86.0    89.8    -3.8
Taylor, Jermaine         HOU     77    90.7    94.6    -3.8
Jeffries, Jared          HOU    138    90.7    94.6    -3.9
Gee, Alonzo              SAS     18    89.0    92.9    -3.9
Powe, Leon               CLE    187    89.5    93.4    -3.9
Bell, Charlie            GSW    171    91.2    95.1    -3.9
Davis, Baron             CLE     99    89.5    93.4    -4.0
Murphy, Troy             BOS    114    86.2    90.3    -4.0
Gortat, Marcin           ORL    396    87.1    91.4    -4.3
Ager, Maurice            MIN     29    92.7    97.0    -4.3
Przybilla, Joel          CHA     74    85.6    89.9    -4.3

Player                    Tm    Min   IPace   TPace    Diff
-----------------------------------------------------------
Johnson, Trey            TOR     81    88.9    93.3    -4.4
West, Delonte            BOS    232    85.7    90.3    -4.5
Carroll, DeMarre         HOU      4    89.6    94.6    -5.0
Temple, Garrett          MIL     83    83.9    90.0    -6.1
Brackins, Craig          PHI     33    85.5    92.2    -6.6
Wright, Antoine          SAC     31    87.4    94.9    -7.5
Lawal, Gani              PHX      2    86.9    94.5    -7.6
Gaines, Sundiata         TOR     89    85.6    93.3    -7.7
Erden, Semih             CLE     11    85.2    93.4    -8.2
Whiteside, Hassan        SAC      2    83.1    94.9   -11.8
Jeffers, Othyus          SAS      8    79.2    92.9   -13.7
Temple, Garrett          CHA      8    74.7    89.9   -15.2

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