The pace of a team merely amplifies their advantages, and disadvantages. Pace Space and Pass offenses like the version Brett Brown is implementing in Philadelphia will require the team to make their shots.
The Philadelphia 76ers are playing with fire. Head coach Brett Brown is a staunch supporter of the Pace Space Pass scheme. That scheme tracks success by time required to get a shot off.
If your team is more accurate, the rate of your game play builds the lead quickly. But just ask Philadelphia Eagles fans about a rapid pace, a fanbase which knows full well from the Eagles experience with a blur offense. If your offense is less proficient than your opponent on any given day, all you’ve done is give them a quick opportunity to run up the score on your team.
Like playing with fire, it you are not careful, you get burned.
More than rebounds, more than steals, more than blocked shots, and even more than assists, if the Philadelphia 76ers are to enjoy success in the NBA with a Pace Space Pass scheme, they have to make their shots.
The key to the Pace Space Pass scheme is rooted in the mentoring of San Antonio Spurs’ head coach Gregg Popovich instilled in then assistant coach Brett Brown. Since the 2008-2009 season, the Spurs have been one of the top shooting teams in the NBA, typically among the top three in the league.
When you make your shots more accurately than your opponent, that quickly translates into wins.
However, since Brown has assumed the coaching reigns of the Philadelphia 76ers, this team has never been better than 29th in the NBA in shooting accuracy. Despite a huge improvement in shooting accuracy over the 2015-2016 season, the team could do no better than 29th.
Pointing out that the area needs to improve is the easy part, but how does this team go about doing so? Three ways. I. Set a realistic goal for the team this year. II. Focus and reinforce scheme to improve the team performance III. Remain vigilant.