True or False – The top five players on a basketball squad will always be the top performing squad on that team. The answer is “false”. Every squad combination results in a uniquely different chemistry of players that may or may not be productive. Ironically, many coaches substitute players based upon the abilities of the individual players, with lesser regard to the resulting squad chemistry.
Players who are not utilized because they are not playing to their full potential are sometimes the victim of poor squad chemistry choices by coaching staff. However, players can also help their own cause. A player who understands the science of squad chemistry can make adjustments that will allow that player to be compatible with more combinations of players. This is the key to more playing time.
Basketball squad chemistry has been the focus of my coaching studies. Technology now enables us to study player combinations like never before. The results of these studies will forever change the way coaches make player rotations and the criteria for player recruitment by basketball scouts. Moneyball told baseball it was all about the mathematics. I tell you basketball is all about the chemistry!
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