It’s probably better to pass the ball around rather than always shoveling the ball to the best shooter. Fans noticed that when a basketball team’s best player sits out for a while the team will sometimes actually do better than when the star is playing. Concepts from the mathematical science called game theory help to explain why this is. Brian Skinner, a researcher from the University of Minnesota, calculated through the game theory that a team would get a higher score than if you just dish it to your best player. Read more here.
“Game theory seeks to show how complex networks operate — things such as automobiles in a crowded highway, ants in a pile, or bacteria in a colony. For the problem of traffic, if all cars on a road cooperate by moving smoothly — and not cutting each other off — the flow will be maintained even if the density of cars is high. However, as soon as a few drivers aggressively try to move through the formation of cars the whole formation can slow down dramatically, resulting in a traffic jam.”
In summary, pass the ball!