NBA Player Tiers 2023: Data and why Klay Thompson slid to Tier 5

All 30 NBA teams face the same questions as 2022-23 ends and 2023-24 begins.

 Even with the league moving faster than ever, team building takes time and offseasons. Only 38 players ended the 2022-23 regular season with the same squad as in 2017-18.

Having and implementing a plan is critical, but recognizing when to adjust it is crucial. Did a late draft choice become a star? 

Any of these situations may change goals and priorities. A pivot requires a company to know itself.

Teams routinely misjudge draftees and NBA veterans. Injury, fit, aging, developmental routes, and other uncertainties will cause that.

Imprecise terminology is the issue. Tyrese Haliburton, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Nikola Jokić are considered franchise players by the Pacers, Thunder, and Nuggets, respectively.

Assuming each is an All-Star player, how much are Indiana or OKC kidding themselves if they think their rosters start from the same place as Denver's because they have a franchise star?


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