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Updated: November 11th, 2013 3:20pm
Even in quicker-paced NBA, Wolves playing faster than the all the rest

Even in quicker-paced NBA, Wolves playing faster than the all the rest

by Derek Wetmore
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The Wolves are off to a fast start this season. That applies to Minnesota's record and to the manner in which it is winning games.

The Wolves have played faster than any team in the NBA so far this season.

Actually, the NBA as a whole is moving faster than it has for any season since Shaquille O'Neal's rookie season (1992-93) more than 20 years ago. The league average for pace of play is 94 possessions per 48 minutes, up from 90.7 a year ago, according to Kevin Pelton with (insider). According to Pelton, 27 of the NBA's 30 teams are playing faster than they did last season. 

So the Wolves aren't alone in playing more up-tempo, but even among the faster crowd, the Wolves lead the pack.

Minnesota leads the NBA in pace factor, a stat developed by John Hollinger to estimate the number of possessions a team has in 48 minutes. As they enter Monday's game against the Clippers, the Wolves currently play at a startling pace of 103.3 possessions per 48 minutes, according to, narrowly edging the L.A. Lakers (103.1) and the Golden State Warriors (103.0).

The Wolves ranked 11th last season, with an average of 95.2 possessions per contest.

Perhaps the most noticeable difference from a season ago is Corey Brewer leaking out early to start the fast break, catching long-bomb outlet passes from Kevin Love.

If you've seen the Wolves this season, is that pace sustainable? Is it the right move to send fewer players to the defensive boards in favor of starting early on fast breaks?

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for His previous stops include and the Minnesota Daily.
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In this story: Corey Brewer, Kevin Love