Gauging the potential of any sports team requires looking beyond the superstar face of a franchise and zeroing in on the player who serves as the linchpin.
Sure, the franchise player is going to lead the team in pertinent statistical categories and be frequently trusted to deliver in critical game situations; meanwhile, the person who facilitates game aspects that make the main guy’s big moments possible gets lost in all of that glory.
But lacking public adoration does not diminish the value of the players who help hold a team together.
The picture that the puzzle is trying to project does not become clear until all of the small pieces are in place, and someone has to make sure these pieces are being attended to.
Every team has a Robin to their franchise’s Batman, but beyond that oft-used analogy is each squad’s Alfred. Who are the league’s best players at keeping the house in order?
Using statistical contributions and analyzing how they complement their respective team’s strengths and weaknesses, this list will attempt to rank the NBA’s best glue guys.