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Nellie Ball

What is Nellie Ball?

An offensive strategy developed by former NBA head coach Don Nelson. It relies on speed and athleticism, sacrificing size to create mismatches in which smaller players outrun their opponents.

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This unorthodox strategy allows teams to put up a ton of points by letting the players shoot a lot of threes and by increasing the amount of possessions by running and moving the ball quickly. Don Nelson's team has been in the top five in scoring 14 out of the 15 seasons that he was a head coach for the entire year.

Many claim that Nellie Ball will never be completely successful because it pretty much forfeits on defense to obtain a speed advantage in offense. Don Nelson's teams have been in the top five in most points allowed 12 out of the 15 seasons that he was a head coach for the entire year. And although Nelson is the all-time winningest coach in the NBA with 1,335 regular season wins, he has never coached a team to the NBA finals.

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