NBA History: Pickin’ Up The Pace

A decade has come and gone since Carmelo Anthony was a one-and-done NCAA champion at Syracuse.  As an NBA rookie he found himself playing for second year coach Jeff Bzdelik and the Denver Nuggets.

Newcomers ‘Melo and point guard Andre Miller helped coach B turn the Nuggets from the worst offensive team in the NBA in ’03 to the eighth best league-wide in ’04.

Ten years ago Denver was the place to see fast paced basketball.  Bzdelik’s team averaged a league high 93 possessions per 48 minutes.

Fast forward ten years and we have Carmelo playing in New York for Mike Woodson.  The 2014 Knicks play at the third slowest pace in the NBA.  How many possessions do they average per 48 minutes? Ninety-one.

In fact the current league-wide pace of 94 possessions is higher than the ‘super fast’ Denver team that featured nineteen year old Carmelo Anthony.


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