As we continue to evaluate these point guards (Lin, Wall, Irving, Rose), let’s look at the BAM Score. Remember we had a total BAM Score.
The score includes standardized test results for speed, agility, and power**. These norms are established from a large athletic population base and are not sport specific. What does this mean? In the simplest terms, when we consider an athletic component we utilize data from a variety of tested athletes, football, soccer, lacrosse, etc. So when a basketball athlete scores an 80 for speed, a good result for basketball, they may not be as fast as other sports with regards to speed. One of the fastest times for the NBA combine came from Nate Robinson (yes, the three time dunk champion) who would have a BAM Score for speed in the 95-98 range. Nate comes from a very diverse athletic background. He was a starting cornerback at the University of Washington, state record holder in the high hurdles, and you’ve seen his hops.
Logic dictates that the highest scoring athletes stand a better chance at success, even though typically most athletes have a weak link in their performance chain. This is illustrated in the below diagram. Lin has comparable speed and agility but ranked lowest on power. Irving and Wall have lower individual BAM Scores for one attribute but an overall better BAM Score.
Why is this useful? Quantifying this provides a tool for physical development and injury prevention. Ability to reliably measure a specific athletic attribute such as agility or power may be even more significant. The BAM Score does all of the above, while establishing a preferred range by gender, sport, and position for the overall and specific attributes. This is what makes the BAM Score unique.
More to come soon.
** Besides speed, power, and agility BAM Score can also include other athletic qualities: reaction, local muscular endurance, and performance ratios. For this study those metrics were not available for all athletes.