Will Dunn is a Minnesota native who now works as an assistant coach for the Houston Rockets as the team’s video coordinator. On this week’s episode of the pod, Dunn shares how the league’s shutdown has impacted the Rockets in the midst of a season that had (has?) the goal of winning a championship.
If you’re interested in how coaches in the NBA use film watching in the modern NBA, Dunn peels back the curtain a bit. And while he couldn’t totally get into any Houston-specific Xs and Os, we do breach the topic of how the NBA is getting smaller and smaller — in both Houston and Minnesota.
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While the Rockets definitely became the high profile example of small-ball in the NBA this season, really, after the trade deadline, the Timberwolves were playing just as small as the Rockets were.
Here’s a list of the nine most-used players by Minnesota and Houston after the trade deadline passed:
How did you feel about this version of the Timberwolves playing small? Will this be something that sustains once Karl-Anthony Towns returns? Perhaps the starters next season play traditionally and the second unit plays small-ball?