I do have a question. When Fran got here, one of his things was to recruit players with length that can shoot. It seems that he still does this. What good is it to have players with length? I was thinking it should help their defense, so I looked online to see if I could find anything.
In a study done by UCLA by Bruin Sports Analytics, they wanted to find the relationship between wingspan and defense and shooting success. From the abstract:
Basketball Players' Long Wingspan Enhances Defensive Upside
The objective of this study is to examine the relationship between an NBA player's wingspan and their ability to shoot the basketball and perform defensively. Using regression analysis methodologies, the results of this study suggest that NBA players with a longer wingspan are able to perform better defensively.
Another study was done by a biological anthropologist at Cal Berkeley, who is now at the University of Zurich, who found the following, among other things:
And if you’re longer and you’re able to defend multiple positions, you’re more likely to be successful.
"I’m definitely not surprised."