This week, things get serious in the NBA.
With All-Star weekend behind us, the trade deadline looming Thursday and about a third of the regular-season left to play, it's a busy time for basketball operations personnel across the league. There are crucial questions that must be asked: What is the best use for the remainder of our schedule? Can we make a legitimate playoff run? Can we position ourselves for next year? Do we need to tear down and begin again?
The Celtics return to the top of the Hoops List this week, ending Cleveland's five-week run at the top of the rankings. The Lakers remain a solid third, with an almost eight-game power rating bulge over Denver, the second-best team in the West. These three teams have occupied the upper tier of the league for the entire season, save for a temporary incursion by the Orlando Magic.
With the Magic's surge seemingly stifled by Jameer Nelson's torn labrum, the 27 non-elite teams in the NBA now have to measure themselves against the power trio and decide how to proceed. For the Celtics, Cavs and Lakers, the path is clear: It's championship or bust. Any moves they make will be to facilitate that goal. The questions aren't so clear-cut for the lower 27. This week, we look at the key question each team faces as the regular season makes its final turn. We also, of course, try to provide some answers.
(Statistics through Feb. 15)
RANK (Last Week) Team (Power rating) [ WIN PACE / PYTHAGOREAN PACE / PRESEASON PROJECTION ]
1. (2) Boston Celtics (64.8) [ 65 / 65 / 63 ]
Rankings: NET: 2; OFF: 5; DEF: 1; PACE: 17
Can Danny Ainge strengthen the Celtics' bench?
It's difficult to find evidence that Ainge even needs to beef up his bench. According to 82games.com, the Celtics are second in the league in bench +/-. In my system, Boston's nine primary rotation players all score well in WP3K and their defensive metrics are solid. However, during a season in which the margin separating the top three teams is paper thin, an unaddressed weakness could prove to be fatal at playoff time. The Celtics have basically been a 50/50 proposition in fourth quarters this season. That could be the bench. That could be a product of having big leads entering the last frame. It could be random. Nevertheless, the team needs another big man. Boston's primary bigs, Glen Davis and Leon Power, are undersized and a little bit redundant. The real question is whether Ainge has chips to deal to fill this hole. Davis? Gabe Pruitt? Neither earns the kind of dollars that could bring back someone like Sacramento's Brad Miller. It's tough to see how Ainge is going to swing anything major. So that means improvement will have to come from within. That means more minutes for the likes of Bill Walker, J.R. Gidden, Pruitt and, especially, Patrick O'Bryant, a little-used seven-footer with solid per-minute numbers.
2. (1) Cleveland Cavaliers (64.7) [ 64 / 66 / 44 ]
Rankings: NET: 1; OFF: 3; DEF: 3; PACE: 25
Does Danny Ferry dare mess with success?
Cleveland has been one of several teams included in the mysterious haze surrounding a possible Amar'e Stoudemire trade. With the Cavaliers enjoying--by far--the best season in the history of the franchise, why would Ferry make that move? Publicly, he and Mike Brown have said that nothing is going to happen, and that's good. The only thing Cleveland needs is health. It's possible that Delonte West could return from his fractured wrist this week. That's the boost the Cavs need in their neck-and-neck race with the Celtics. For the NBA's sake, let's hope these two teams are at full strength in late May.
3. (3) Los Angeles Lakers (62.1) [ 66 / 61 / 49 ]
Rankings: NET: 4; OFF: 1; DEF: 7; PACE: 4
Can Andrew Bynum make it back and, if so, what then?
The Lakers will cruise to the West's top seed with or without Bynum. They will also be battling the Cavs and Celtics for the league's best overall record. Meanwhile, Bynum will be healing and rehabbing. If he returns, it's likely it'd be in a reserve role, both for his protection and so as to not despoil L.A.'s chemistry.
4. (4) Orlando Magic (59.3) [ 61 / 62 / 43 ]
Rankings: NET: 3; OFF: 4; DEF: 2; PACE: 10
Can they compensate for the loss of Jameer Nelson?
Nelson's injury is just an all-around bad situation. The Magic were playing as well as any team in the league, had actually surpassed the Lakers on the Hit List and needed only to upgrade their backup point guard situation. Nelson was enjoying a career season. Now, the backup in question, Anthony Johnson, is starting. Before the break, Orlando scored a season-low 73 points in a home loss to the Nuggets. What does Otis Smith do now? Over the weekend, it sounded like Nelson was leaning towards having the surgery that would end his season and require up to six months of rehab. The names Stephon Marbury and Jamaal Tinsley will surely be mentioned in conjunction with Orlando this week, but a move for either seems unlikely. The most realistic scenario is that Stan Van Gundy will have to compensate for Nelson's loss with creative deployment of his talent, which may entail using a lineup with no pure point guard the bulk of the time.
5. (5) Denver Nuggets (54.3) [ 55 / 51 / 43 ]
Rankings: NET: 5; OFF: 9; DEF: 6; PACE: 5
The Nuggets are gunning for the No. 2 seed in the West. How do they get there?
No matter who emerges as the top challenger to the Lakers in the West, it'll take an pretty notable upset to keep L.A. from a return trip to the finals. However, getting that second seed would be a good start for a team hoping for the chance to play Cinderella. I still think George Karl is overexposing Dahntay Jones. Stubborn as Karl tends to be, that's not likely to change. Mark Warkentien is probably looking for an additional big man, preferably a rebounding specialist who can spell Kenyon Martin for stretches. The Nuggets are a team generally without much bulk and are in the middle of pack in terms of rebounding percentage. Overall, the Nuggets are well positioned: Denver has the league's easiest schedule the rest of the way.
6. (6) San Antonio Spurs (52.4) [ 56 / 50 / 55 ]
Rankings: NET: 7; OFF: 12; DEF: 5; PACE: 26
Is this just a house of cards?
The Spurs continue to wield the league's highest LUCK rating, with a point differential more suitable for a team on pace to win 51 games than the 56 indicated by San Antonio's current winning percentage. However, the Spurs projected to win 55 games before the season and now that Gregg Popovich's charges are mostly healthy, the regression suggested by that LUCK figure is unlikely to come. However, there is still a considerable gap between the Spurs and the Lakers. Popovich and R.C. Buford have fiddled with the back end of the roster quite a bit this year, but Malik Hairston and Austin Croshere aren't going to enable the Spurs to catch L.A. Perhaps because of a perceived need to make a splash, the Spurs have been linked to rumors including flashy names like Vince Carter and Rasheed Wallace. The Wallace idea would be really interesting to see actualized, but most likely, the rumors are a lot of noise. Spurs fans will just have to hope that they can out-execute Denver and L.A. in the playoffs and keep that title-in-odd-years trend going.
7. (7) Portland Trail Blazers (51.1) [ 50 / 51 / 38 ]
Rankings: NET: 6; OFF: 2; DEF: 19; PACE: 30
Is this the Blazers' next championship roster?
The Blazers have been linked to Sacramento's John Salmons, who could provide a scoring bump off the bench along with decent defense. Portland is also due to get a boost from the return of Steve Blake. However, as good as Portland has been this season, this is still a very young team in development mode. That said, there aren't any rules against a developing team making a playoff run. The Blazers would need to get better on defense to make such a run and they do have the expiring contracts of Channing Frye and Raef Lafrentz with which to work. Salmons may not be the answer, but if Blake can come back and play as well as he was playing before his shoulder injury, an upgrade at the three-spot could make Portland a serious contender--this year. Kevin Pritchard has proven to be an aggressive deal maker so it would be surprising if Portland didn't do something this week.
8. (8) New Orleans Hornets (48.5) [ 49 / 47 / 45 ]
Rankings: NET: 9; OFF: 11; DEF: 11; PACE: 28
How dire are the Hornets' finances?
You hate to see a team with one of the game's top three players dump salary, but it looks like that's where New Orleans is at, primarily because of the bad contract handed to Peja Stojakovic a couple of years ago. Rumors that Tyson Chandler will be dealt are rampant and if they come to fruition, you can write off the Hornets this year and maybe next year, too. It's not that Chandler has been any great shakes, but it's just not the kind of move a championship team makes. It hasn't happened yet, but if the contending Hornets really are shedding salary, you have to seriously wonder whether the NBA can work in New Orleans.
9. (9) Houston Rockets (48.2) [ 49 / 49 / 61 ]
Rankings: NET: 12; OFF: 16; DEF: 8; PACE: 18
Can the Rockets stay healthy?
It's pretty simple: Daryl Morey assembled a championship-level roster when he added Ron Artest to Tracy McGrady, Yao Ming, Shane Battier and company. There are plenty of capable role players--rebounders, shooter, defenders. It just comes down to whether Artest, McGrady and Yao can stay on the court and perform at close to an optimal level. Frankly, the aura around McGrady has really faded this season because of concerns that he may be physically spent. There have been Carlos Boozer and Vince Carter rumors involving the Rockets, but if McGrady can't play like the $20.7 million player he's paid to be, there isn't a trade that can save the Rockets' season.
10. (11) Atlanta Hawks (46.3) [ 48 / 46 / 38 ]
Rankings: NET: 10; OFF: 8; DEF: 13; PACE: 22
The Hawks made the playoffs for the first time in a decade last season. This season, Atlanta has improved even more and is on pace to win more games (48) than in any season since 1998. That's the good news. The bad news? Atlanta may be a postseason pest, but it isn't going to win the East. So the Hawks have to decide if they are on the championship path with this collection of talent. So what's worked so well for Atlanta this season, namely the play of starting guards Mike Bibby and Joe Johnson, may have to be broken up. Bibby's contract is up after the season and as well as he's played in Atlanta, he's not really a candidate for another long-term deal. Does Atlanta deal Bibby this week? Probably not. The action for the Hawks will come after the season, when they should have some cap room to play with--once again.
11. (10) Dallas Mavericks (46.3) [ 48 / 44 / 51 ]
Rankings: NET: 13; OFF: 10; DEF: 16; PACE: 14
Time to tear it down?
Mark Cuban sure doesn't sound like a guy ready to wave the white flag, so it's unlikely the Mavs are about to shift into a rebuild mode. When the transaction wire gets hot, it's not like Cuban to stay on the sidelines. With so many teams expected to shed salary, Dallas may look for a way to take advantage. What could this roster accomplish with a legitimate post threat? It'd be interesting to see. However, the more immediate concern may be to find a replacement for injured guard Jason Terry.
12. (13) Utah Jazz (46.0) [ 46 / 48 / 50 ]
Rankings: NET: 8; OFF: 7; DEF: 14; PACE: 11
Is it too late for a run?
So far, the injury-riddled Jazz have been battling just to stay in the West bracket. However, with Carlos Boozer and Andrei Kirilenko due to return at some point, Utah could emerge as the most dangerous team in the NBA's middle class. Boozer, who can opt out after the season, will be mentioned in about 1,000 rumors this week, but it would be unusual for Utah to sell low at this point. Kevin O'Connor probably believes that Utah can convince Boozer to remain a steady customer at Masha Kirilenko's swanky boutique. He may be right. If we assume that O'Connor believes the Jazz can get back to their level of play from last season, then he still is faced with the same need he had in the offseason: An interior defender who can block shots.
13. (12) Phoenix Suns (44.3) [ 45 / 43 / 49 ]
Rankings: NET: 11; OFF: 6; DEF: 18; PACE: 6
How bad can it get?
Terry Porter is out as the Suns' coach, about 2/3 of the way through his first season at the helm. Seldom has a coaching style and a roster been more ill-fitting, a fact obvious to pretty much everyone but Steve Kerr, who made the hire. This really traces back to Robert Sarver, one of the NBA's most aggressive owners, who made the mistake of hiring Kerr in the first place. Alas, the horse is out of the barn. Mike D'Antoni is in New York, Steve Nash's smile is gone, Amar'e Stoudemire is rumored to be on his way to about 20 different teams and Alvin Gentry will look to return to an uptempo scheme with a decrepit roster. There is talent here, most of it old, but talent that can still be used to mold a more functional roster. It looks like Kerr will continue the shakeup by trading Stoudemire. Wrong move. The right move? Fire himself.
14. (14) Philadelphia 76ers (43.3) [ 43 / 44 / 38 ]
Rankings: NET: 14; OFF: 23; DEF: 4; PACE: 16
What does Philly do with Elton Brand?
Nothing. They're stuck with him. That might not be such a bad thing, as you can't write off Brand just yet. However, the contract Philadelphia gave Brand last summer has the potential to be a franchise albatross for the next few years. Of more immediate concern is Andre Miller, whose deal expires after the season. If the Sixers trade Miller, they could lose flexibility this summer by bringing back a player with years left on his contract. Would that player be more productive than whoever they could hook in the next free-agent market? It's hard to say, but either way, the 76ers are going to have to formulate a post-Miller plan for the point guard position. That plan will probably be unfurled after the season.
15. (15) Miami Heat (41.8) [ 44 / 41 / 35 ]
Rankings: NET: 15; OFF: 21; DEF: 10; PACE: 21
Can Michael Beasley step it up?
Pat Riley has already fired his silver bullet, sending Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks to Toronto for Jamario Moon and Jermaine O'Neal. For this trade to improve Miami, Beasley needs to grow up quickly. He is the best bet to emerge as offensive support for Wade, assuming that Riley hasn't deluded himself into thinking that O'Neal remains an elite post threat. However, for Beasley to lock down the four position, he's going to have to show he can defend opposing bigs. If he can't, then he won't be able to stay there and Miami is going to lack the offense they need to make a run at the fourth seed in the East. If Beasley can answer the bell, however, the Heat could become real interesting real fast.
16. (17) Milwaukee Bucks (39.7) [ 38 / 41 / 31 ]
Rankings: NET: 16; OFF: 17; DEF: 12; PACE: 13
Do they really want to start over again?
Injuries have wrecked the Bucks' bid to become this year's Hawks. However, in the darkness there is a light named Ramon Sessions. Sessions' performance has demanded a larger role and now he has one by default. A core trio going forward of Sessions, Andrew Bogut and Joe Alexander would at least provide a glimmer of hope, as would the potential Luc Mbah a Moute has shown of becoming the next Shane Battier. Right now, the Bucks have to relocate Richard Jefferson, who is blocking Alexander and has the most trade value of Milwaukee's healthy players. The Bucks can throw in a couple of expiring deals with Jefferson in hopes of bringing back a legitimate power forward. You add that to the young core trio and a healthy Michael Redd next season, and things get better fast for Bucks fans. However, you have to find a taker for Jefferson, who has another $26 million or so coming his way in the two seasons after this one.
17. (16) Detroit Pistons (39.6) [ 43 / 39 / 55 ]
Rankings: NET: 17; OFF: 20; DEF: 15; PACE: 29
Will Joe Dumars pull the plug on this season?
Dumars has a bevy of good, young players and $32 million coming off the books in the forms of Allen Iverson and Rasheed Wallace. Dumars isn't likley to mess with that. He'll ask Curry to take this bunch as far as he can, then look to reload over the next two summers.
18. (18) Chicago Bulls (37.0) [ 35 / 35 / 43 ]
Rankings: NET: 18; OFF: 22; DEF: 17; PACE: 9
What would Amar'e Stoudemire do for the Bulls?
Stoudemire would be a perfect fit in Chicago, but of course it also depends on who John Paxson would have to give up to get him into a Bulls uniform. The likely candidate to go to Phoenix would be Tyrus Thomas, with Drew Gooden tagging along to make the dollars work. That's a win and a great fit for Chicago. If Paxson can't swing that deal, he could still find a taker for Gooden's expiring contract, especially if that taker was required to take Larry Hughes off of his hands. Paxson has been notoriously slow in pulling the trigger, last year's Sonics/Cavs/Bulls blockbuster aside. As for Stoudamire, the more rumors that emerge, the less I expect him to actually get traded.
19. (22) Toronto Raptors (35.1) [ 31 / 32 / 42 ]
Rankings: NET: 20; OFF: 19; DEF: 21; PACE: 19
Is time running out to keep Chris Bosh in Toronto?
You bet it is. Bosh has been a good sport, saying all the right things about loving Toronto and wanting to remain a Raptor after his contract expires at the conclusion of next season. However, it's difficult to imagine Bosh remaining with the team beyond this time next year if the team's fortunes on the court don't begin a rapid ascent. Swapping out Jermaine O'Neal for Shawn Marion is a great start. O'Neal was a poor fit in Toronto, due to both peformance and style. Marion, of course, excelled in the Suns-style system Jay Triano is trying to implement with the Raptors. If Toronto can get Bosh and Jose Calderon healthy and make a strong run to finish the season, maybe they can entice free-agent-to-be Marion. If not, then there'll be $17 million of cap space to play with. Of course, attracting a top free agent comparable to Marion isn't going to be easy given that he is probably going to be the top unrestricted player on the market. Toronto can't wait until 2010, because that's when Bosh's deal is up. Many tough decisions lie ahead for Bryan Colangelo.
20. (21) Indiana Pacers (35.0) [ 31 / 34 / 41 ]
Rankings: NET: 22; OFF: 18; DEF: 22; PACE: 3
Where is this team headed?
The Pacers are headed for another low-lottery pick and with a great deal of uncertainty about every player on the roster save for Danny Granger. The best thing Larry Bird could do at this point is to simply play out the string, let the contracts of Jarrett Jack, Marquis Daniels and Rasha Nesterovic, among others, expire and then see what they can get done on draft day. That is, unless he can find someone to take on Troy Murphy. Not likely. As it is, Bird will probably head into next season with another roster on which the two best players (Granger and Mike Dunleavy) play the same position.
21. (19) New Jersey Nets (34.8) [ 37 / 35 / 38 ]
Rankings: NET: 19; OFF: 14; DEF: 25; PACE: 24
How hard do the Nets want to push for a playoff berth?
The Nets are a game back of Milwaukee for the eighth seed in the East and face a tougher slate than the Bucks, who have 16 home games remaining, do. Kiki Vandeweghe isn't likely looking to add to his roster just to make this year's playoffs. Instead, he'll continue to beat the bushes, looking for a taker for Vince Carter. If you believe the rumor mill, he may actually find that taker this week. Meanwhile, he'll ask Lawrence Frank to nurse a young team the rest of this season and next, while the Nets position themselves as a prime player in the much-anticipated 2010 free-agent market.
22. (23) Charlotte Bobcats (34.0) [ 33 / 35 / 38 ]
Rankings: NET: 21; OFF: 27; DEF: 9; PACE: 27
Any other mediocre veterans out there for the Bobcats to take on?
Sure, this time of the year, there's a bunch of them. The Bobcats seem intent on trading Ray Felton, so who knows what Michael Jordan may accomplish?
23. (20) New York Knicks (33.7) [ 33 / 33 / 33 ]
Rankings: NET: 24; OFF: 15; DEF: 27; PACE: 2
Can the Stephon Marbury situation be resolved this season?
If it hasn't by now, you wouldn't expect it to. Marbury will sit out the rest of the season, earning the balance of his $20.8 million, then leave a nice big hole in the Knicks' salary cap pie. I don't know how Donnie Walsh did it, but the only active player on the Knicks roster with a deal that extends past next season is Jared Jeffries. Suffice to say, the 2010-11 Knicks will look nothing like the 2008-09 Knicks.
24. (25) Golden State Warriors (30.0) [ 28 / 31 / 35 ]
Rankings: NET: 23; OFF: 13; DEF: 28; PACE: 1
Any structure to this mess?
This much we know: The Warriors are into Monta Ellis, Andris Biedrins, Stephen Jackson and Corey Maggette for the duration, each with at least four seasons left on their deals beyond this one. Golden State is said to be active pursuing an All-Star-level big man, like Amar'e Stoudemire, to augment that core, which also might include Jamal Crawford if he doesn't opt out. In one respect, the rumors are encouraging, as perhaps it hints that Don Nelson realizes his small-ball antics can take the Warriors only so far. However, wanting a thing does not make it so. Golden State would have to wade way out into luxury-tax waters to bring in a high-profile free agent and there aren't enough expiring deals available to swing the kind of trade that would bring back want Nelson needs. So, to answer the question, I still see the Warriors' roster, present and future, as a formless lump.
25. (24) Minnesota Timberwolves (30.0) [ 27 / 30 / 26 ]
Rankings: NET: 25; OFF: 24; DEF: 26; PACE: 12
What can be learned the rest of the season?
With the expiring contracts the T-Wolves have after the season, the cap situation is decent in Minnesota. The Wolves can concentrate on the development of Kevin Love, the rehabbing of Al Jefferson and the continued improvement of Randy Foye. After the season, back in the lottery, Minnesota can add another piece. Ideally, that piece would be a point guard, but this doesn't look to be a great point-guard draft. What would be interesting is if Minnesota landed the top pick. Would they take a third power forward in Blake Griffin? James Harden might be a better fit, even if it pushes Foye back to the point.
26. (28) Memphis Grizzlies (21.6) [ 23 / 24 / 19 ]
Rankings: NET: 26; OFF: 29; DEF: 20; PACE: 23
Is there anything to be done with this season?
As one of the few teams under the cap, the best thing Chris Wallace can do is to remain cheap and flexible. The Grizzlies have some nice young pieces and will add another one in the next lottery. After next season, we should know a lot more about what gaps need to be filled in. Memphis was one of the many teams floated about in the Stoudemire whisperings--that makes no sense for the Grizzlies. Sure, it'd be good p.r., but an eventual playoff team would be an even greater crowd pleaser.
27. (26) Los Angeles Clippers (21.2) [ 20 / 20 / 33 ]
Rankings: NET: 28; OFF: 30; DEF: 23; PACE: 15
Are the Clippers stuck with what they have?
There is some interest in the Clippers' centers, either Chris Kaman or Marcus Camby, but I'm as baffled as to what I'd do with this team as any in the NBA. All of the positions seem to be filled and from a contractual standpoint, will remain so for the next couple of years. Yet, this is not a roster that you can win with. It seems clear the L.A. needs to build around Eric Gordon, but can that possibly happen with Baron Davis aboard? It's a bloody mess. It's an enigma. It's the Clippers.
28. (27) Oklahoma City Thunder (21.0) [ 20 / 25 / 23 ]
Rankings: NET: 27; OFF: 28; DEF: 24; PACE: 8
Will Sam Presti stand pat?
The Thunder are in a similar stage of evolution as the Grizzlies, but their key trio of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Jeff Green seems to be further along. OKC has been using Kyle Weaver in its starting backcourt with Westbrook. No word if that's because of what they read on the Hoops List. Probably so. With the contracts expiring after the season (Chris Wilcox, Joe Smith) and the normal increases that go to young players, the Thunder will be right around the salary cap number next season. They will hope to add another big man in the draft, ideally hometown guy Blake Griffin, and go from there. Don't look for anything drastic to happen this week, though something Wilcox or Smith could come to pass.
29. (29) Washington Wizards (18.2) [ 17 / 19 / 32 ]
Rankings: NET: 29; OFF: 26; DEF: 29; PACE: 20
Who can dump games more successfully, Washington or Sacramento?
OK, that's a cynical way to look at it, but really there is nothing for the Wizards or Kings to do with this season that is more valuable than maximizing the number of balls they get in the lottery hopper.
30. (30) Sacramento Kings (17.0) [ 16 / 17 / 39 ]
Rankings: NET: 30; OFF: 25; DEF: 30; PACE: 7
Can the Kings rid themselves of Brad Miller?
Miller and John Salmons have been mentioned in many a recent rumor, but at press time they were still with the Kings. Meanwhile, the brothers Maloof are deflecting suggestions that they will have to sell or relocate their struggling franchise from a city with a borderline NBA Hall of Famer as the mayor. Dealing Miller and Salmons would get the Kings under the cap and, after next season, the horrible Kenny Thomas deal expires. This is another team that just needs to keep payroll low while adding another young piece in the next draft and developing the youngsters already on hand.
NBAPET = stands for National Basketball Association Projection, Evaluation and Tracking = A database and system of metrics for analyzing professional basketball.
gRATE = a one-game metric that measures a player's offensive and defensive contribution and expresses it as a net point total. The sum of a team's gRATE figures for a game will equal its actual point differential for that game.
Adjusted winning percentage (AWP) = ((home wins x 0.6)+(road wins x 1.4)) / (((home wins x 0.6)+(road wins x 1.4)) + ((home losses x .1.4)+(road losses x 0.6)))
LUCK = the difference between a team's 82-game win pace and its 82-game Pythagorean win pace.
Opponents winning percentage (OWP) = aggregate percentage of games won for each team's opponents, based on the number of times the team has faced that opponent.
Pythagorean winning percentage (PYTH) = uses the basketball-reference formula of Games x (Points scored^14) / ((Points scored^14) + (Points allowed^14))
Power rating = (((PYTH + AWP)/2)*(OWP/.500)) x 82
WP82 = wins produced per 82 games, adjusted for playing time
WP3K = wins produced per 3,000 minutes
RANKINGS: NET = net efficiency ratio; OFF - offensive efficiency; DEF - defensive efficiency; PACE: average possessions per game
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