The Talking Numbers: Gabriel Deck’s Quick Impact on the Oklahoma City Thunder with His Attack Transition Ability | Argentina

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“Numbers that speak” is our section in which we combine an outstanding statistic with the explanation of what really happens on the court. Our objetive? Answer key questions, uncover hidden truths, and open the curtain on why some numbers matter more than others.

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This time, we look at Gabriel Deck, who is having a solid start to his NBA career with Oklahoma City Thunder.


That is the record of points per possession Gabriel Deck is getting in offensive transition situations throughout his three OKC games. Because it is important? Because it serves to illustrate, beyond how short the sample is, how great its impact can be in improving a rather poor resource of Mark Daigneault’s team throughout the season.

When the signing of Deck for the Thunder was confirmed, one of the points that generated the most expectation when thinking about his fit was how much could I contribute in transition for the simple reasons: the first is that the one from Colonia Dora is a specialist for his speed, opportunism, reading and determination. The second, because Oklahoma City really is in the background when exploiting these situations: according to NBA Stats, it is the 10th team that uses transitions the most (18.3 possessions per game) but is the one that generates the least, just 1.01 point per possession, launching a 49.2% field in these actions.

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“When you look at efficiency in the NBA, one of the best ways to break good defenses is to transition. Not only in numerical advantage, which helps, but playing the advantages that appear in the transitions early in possession, when defenses are not established and communication can break down. It is a priority for the whole team and something Gaby can take advantage of. It’s something we have to focus on, especially after missed shots and losses. “, Daigneault analyzed after Deck’s second game in the league, against Indiana, a game where Colonia Dora began to show what he can do …

Deck makes a cult of simplicity to exploit the resource, and responds to what his coach proclaims. Missed shot of the rival? Once his teammate secures his own rebound, Tortu shoots out and ends up taking advantage of a good pass to define the race

A theft? Perfect, run then. Manual situation ending in overturned …

Take advantage of the first seconds of possession? It is also noted, also showing that he has plenty of resources to define, with this great crossover to leave Justin Holiday on the road and score with his left foot …

Against Phoenix, in his third game, he repeated the recipe … Again, speed, reading … As soon as his team ensures the rebound, Deck recognizes the chance and is fired. Booker “falls asleep” for a second and that advantage was enough for Gaby to find the option with ease …

One more example that shows how he knows how to read the situation and position himself correctly on the field to find his way to the basket, finishing on the line after receiving a foul.

24% of Deck’s offensive possessions in these three games have been through transitions, a whole sample of its capacity in the field. Given the lack of knowledge of the team, the systems and the issues to be resolved in adapting to the league, welcome the search for the known and familiar. Tortu knows like few others when it comes to playing without the ball and his position in the transitions is part of it. A cult of playing to your strengths.

This Tuesday, Oklahoma City Thunder will return to action hosting the Sacramento Kings (19:00 Mexico, 21:00 Argentina, by NBA League Pass), and Deck will try to continue along this good line of returns, which they have averaging 7.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 19.0 minutes. A key? Yes, that flashy number …


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