The Main Event: What coaches and players have to say about basketball IQ
Thunder coach Scott Brooks: "To me what defines it is a guy that understands the game and has all the team concepts down. He understands that it's not what's best for him. IQ guys, you can share philosophy with them and they grasp it and they have a good feel. And they can take what you tell them and maybe add something to it."
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Houston coach Rick Adelman: "Some players can see a play before it really happens. For me, Vlade Divac was unbelievable, especially for a big guy. He'd see the play develop and pass the ball while the play developed. That's an instinct. You can almost see it right away in a player."
Thunder guard Shaun Livingston: "Basketball IQ is an understanding of the game. It's just having a presence and a feel. It's more instinctive than anything. It's not really something that you can teach, especially when you get to our level. It's having an understanding or an uncanny feel for the game of basketball."
Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy: "It's a guy who has an innate understanding, the game comes easily to him...They see things once and it all makes sense to them. Basketball just makes sense to them and they make smart plays. They're ahead of the play defensively. They can pick up plays you put in easily."
Utah guard Deron Williams: "It's being basketball smart. Knowing the game, knowing situations, things like that. There's a lot of guys that can play the game but can't really think the game."