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Bradley Beal’s surprising statistical doppelgängers

The whole point of the Statistical Doppelgänger Machine is to take the eyes out of it. White players don’t have to be compared to Larry Bird, athletic black guys to Michael Jordan, tall Euros to Dirk Nowitzki.

This isn’t to dismiss The Eye Test. Close watching yields lots of good information that might be expressed too subtly in the numbers to pick up at first. And vice versa. The numbers are great at picking up small but meaningful distinctions that can add up into something big.

A hypothetical to illustrate? Why not, it’s the offseason.