Ruzious wrote:payitforward wrote:I understand what you mean, Ruz. But, that's at a level of abstraction irrelevant to my point.
If we have, let's say, Dinwiddie, Beal, KCP & Gafford on the floor with Kuzma, then he is playing the 4 by definition.
OTOH, if we have Kuzma on the floor with, say, Gafford & Harrell, then even if he isn't playing the 3 "by definition" the effect is the same.
But your examples are only true because of the players you chose to team him with - which usually won't be the case. I think the "definitions" you're using there are not relevant most of the time. Gafford and Harrell might never play together, for example.
Fair enough. But you get my first case, I think. If Kuzma is on the floor with "Dinwiddie, Beal, KCP & Gafford..., then he is playing the 4 by definition."
Really, I'm making a point that isn't worth quite this much attention. It reflects a simple fact: if you look at Kuzma's numbers per 40 minutes they are, overall, a bit better than an average 3 but, overall, a bit below an average 4. Thus if you play him with an average 4 as the other forward, the combined numbers of the two forwards will probably be better than they will be if you play him with an average 3. The difference is likely below the noise level on a whole season.