Pro & College Playbooks
When identifying prospects, one of the most significant challenges recruiters and coaches’ face is determining whether or not this particular player will fit the organization's philosophy, culture, and systems. Investing in a prospect who doesn’t fit the desired playing style can cause an organization valuable time and resources in correcting the misstep. Although it is rare to find a player who fits perfectly into a system, adjustments can always be made to highlight his strengths while giving time to improve upon weaknesses. When the coaching staff and front office identify a perfect match for a system, the results will show on the court. A perfect example is Steve Nash playing in the Mike D’Antoni up tempo spread offense, pick and roll system, all while looking to score within seven seconds or less. Nash excelled in the system and influenced the team in a positive way, thus earning him the 2005 and 2006 league’s Most Valuable Player honor in the process. Reaching the Western Conference Finals leading a league leading dynamic offense also speaks to the success of identifying prospects who will match with an organization's system and culture.