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Team Continuity, Part II

Posted by Neil Paine on September 2, 2009

Following up on our post from Monday, where we looked at the % of minutes played by common players between teams in back-to-back years, here's a list that uses the same methodology -- but instead of minutes played, we're looking for the smallest % of common individual possessions used (as defined by Dean Oliver in basketball on Paper) between players on a team in consecutive seasons:

Year Team PossContinuity
2005 ORL 9.3%
1980 NOJ 9.4%
2005 ATL 10.2%
1998 CLE 18.4%
2002 VAN 23.3%
1978 NYN 24.1%
2009 LAC 24.1%
1990 SAS 25.2%
1991 SAC 25.6%
2000 CHI 26.9%
1979 BUF 27.2%
1997 DAL 27.4%
1998 DEN 28.0%
1999 SAC 28.4%
1981 GSW 30.2%
1982 DAL 30.2%
2000 ORL 30.5%
2005 HOU 30.8%
1993 MIN 31.8%
2004 DEN 32.3%
1982 NJN 32.4%
1996 PHI 32.6%
1996 MIA 33.3%
1982 CLE 33.3%
2005 LAL 33.6%
2005 NOH 33.7%
1978 IND 34.7%
1978 LAL 34.9%
1999 DEN 35.3%
2000 HOU 35.3%
2004 MIN 35.6%
1978 SEA 35.7%
1999 CHH 35.7%
1993 MIL 36.2%
1987 CLE 36.2%
1978 BUF 36.6%
2008 MIN 36.9%
1982 KCK 38.8%
1987 WSB 38.9%
1983 NYK 39.4%
1980 DET 39.5%
1997 VAN 40.0%

Remember, since possessions require individual turnovers, we can only track this stat back to 1977-78.

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4 Responses to “Team Continuity, Part II”

  1. Neil Paine Says:

    And don't worry Jason, I'm still thinking about how to implement your idea of considering low-minute guys "newcomers"... This post was scheduled ahead of time, is all.

  2. Jason J Says:

    ;-)

    I'm a little surprised the 1999 Bulls aren't on this list. They lost Jordan, Pippen, Longley, and Kerr.

  3. Neil Paine Says:

    They actually retained 60.7% of possessions by players who were on the roster in 1998, which is low, but not record-breakingly low. I think the real turnover came in 2000 & 2001, when they purged everyone (remember our series on experience, they fielded one of the most inexperienced rosters ever that year). Not surprisingly, at the other end of the spectrum the 1997 Bulls have one of the highest possession continuity scores ever -- 96.9% of their possessions were used by players who had been on the team in '96. Last year's Lakers also rank pretty high, with 95.5% possession continuity.

  4. Jared Ras Says:

    Wow, good list and great blog. I never knew how much turnover there was on that Magic team. Only 3 players were consistent between those seasons. Sure it was the first year of D. Howard, Hill, Francis, Nelson, and Turkoglu... I guess that accounts for much of it. Garity, Stevenson, and DeClercq couldn't overcome that turnover for any bit of continuity. I guess Stevenson had some consistency, but he only had half a season in Orlando in 2003-04.