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I don't know what meaning to place on it, but the 3 players who dribble the ball more than anyone in the league are
the Blazers' Damian Lillard, the Clippers' Chris Paul and the Hornets' Greivis Vasquez. Or so a GM with access to such analytics tells me. He told me offhandedly, and wasn't sure if Paul was second or fourth, but he was pretty certain those three at least were in the top four, although he couldn't recall who the fourth might be. The greater point, for me, is that every time I learn about another statistic such as this one that I didn't even know existed, it reinforces my belief in three things: one, that NBA teams are indeed collecting data on almost every aspect of the game; two, they're utilizing that data not so much to gain competitive advantages but to accurately measure the true worth of players in dollars and efficiency; and, three, that the analytics utilized by teams, vs. the ones readily available to the public, are about as comparable as lunar modules are to wheelbarrows. I know, I know, Shane Battier, for one, can recite what a guy shoots dribbling left vs. going right. Not to discount Shane's attention to detail, but it doesn't take deeper analytics to pick up player tendencies; a dose of filmwork can get you to the same place and undoubtedly reveal a few tells or flaws that the data can't. So add a fourth belief: that unless you integrate all the data correctly, the eye of someone trained to know what to look for - and what not to be fooled by - is still probably more accurate.