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@thecity2 @bjlevy34 Yes, thecity2 is right. We don't know if we are looking at a sample that makes the SD smaller or larger than the mean value. Of course that's exactly the point bjlevy34 is making: we could be looking at a sampling that makes Nash's perfromance SD larger than the true value.
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@bjlevy34 Very good insights bjlevy! And in addition to all that, you have to acknowledge the fact that Nash doesn't play in a vacuum. The changes in the Phoenix Suns' roster may have something to say as well.
Finally, from personal experience in measuring variability in fundamental cognitive function response times, I can tell you that mood has a lot to do with changes in standard deviation. Anything that affects your focus will increase variability. It is very possible that Nash just didn't want to be there anymore.
It is very intriguing to see how Nash actually plays for the Lakers.