World Domination: Kevin Durant Is Leading Team USA to The World Championship

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World Domination: Kevin Durant Is Leading Team USA to The World Championship
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The face of Team USA

Kevin Durant leads the USA Basketball Men's National Team into the knock-out round of the FIBA World Championship tournament as the clear favorites with a superstar center, star guards and an undefeated record in the preliminary round.

Durant, Kevin Love and a squadron of star guards led by Derrick Rose were the most productive players for Team USA as they posted a 5-0 record in Group B.

This analysis was based on the metrics for estimating Wins Produced 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 and Durant, Love, Rose and the Team USA backcourt were way above average in the preliminary round.

All player stats can be found in this spreadsheet.

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