In recent years, the term “heliocentric offense” has gotten a lot of buzz in certain NBA circles.
It may sound fancy, but it’s actually pretty simple. It refers to an offense wherein one player is responsible for an abnormally large amount of playmaking.
At the moment, it’s perhaps best embodied by Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks. Doncic ranks among the league leaders in usage rate every year. There are quality players across this roster, but few of them are expected to make players for themselves or others outside of Doncic.
It wasn’t so long ago that Russell Westbrook was the poster boy for heliocentrism.
When he was averaging a triple-double a game for the Oklahoma City Thunder, he was providing a perfect example of the concept on a nightly basis.
Could two of the most ball-dominant playmakers in the NBA co-exist?
Los Angeles Lakers Receive: G/F Tim Hardaway Jr., F Davis Bertans
Dallas Mavericks Receive: G Russell Westbrook