Kevin Durant & Team USA: A Less Dominant Road To Redemption

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Kevin Durant & Team USA: A Less Dominant Road To Redemption

Team USA has not won a gold medal at the FIBA World Championships since 1994 but is trying to walk a road to redemption that was paved in 2010 by superstars with just three NBA all-stars and no Nike documentary.

With their final exhibition game in the books, how have Kevin Durant and his band of mere mortals done so far?

The Win Score and estimated Wins Produced metrics will be used to answer this question.  

These metrics were developed by Prof. David Berri of the Wages of Wins Journal  to measure how much a player contributes to wins using boxscore statistics.  There are two key stats output by these metrics - Estimated Wins Produced per 40 minutes (EWP40) and Estimated Wins Produced (EWP).  Forty minutes is used because that's the length of a game in international competition.  

An average player provides 0.100 EWP40.  All of the stats in this article came from boxscore analysis of Team USA in 2008 and 2010
This analysis enables an objective evaluation of Team USA's performance and can be used to identify:

  • Team USA's new stars,
  • Whether the most productive players were chosen for the final roster and
  • How they compare to the Redeem Team.


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