# Tag Archives: Tony Parker

## Weekly Stats Recap

This week’s #StatStudy was suggested by our very own Ian Levy (@HickoryHigh), a great basketball mind who will stop at nothing to make sense of this game we all know and love. Mr. Levy was curious as to the ideal number of possessions, a stat that I measured by recording the OffEff (points per 100 possessions) of every winning team this week (52 games). Oddly enough, the result from this study closely resembled a … Continue reading

## Evaluating Team Shot Selection

A few weeks ago I shared a new metric I had been working on called Expected Points Per Shot (XPPS). The idea was to create a metric that would allow the objective comparison and evaluation of the quality of a player or team’s shot selection. When I first shared XPPS we just looked at the numbers for individual players. The visualization with player data is now a permanent feature here, one that I’ll keep updated … Continue reading

## Weekly Stats Recap

For this week’s study my brother (@KurtSoppe) pondered if FG% or FT% was more directly correlated to the game’s final outcome. He hypothesized that both FG% and FT% would be consistently higher for victorious teams, with the stronger correlation being found in the field goal percentage. In support of Kurt’s guess, winning teams shot an average of 47.9% from the field while losing teams shot only 42.3%. Winning teams shot better than 50% from … Continue reading

## Weekly Stats Recap

This week I had a stat request from Jesse Silverman (@JesseBeau), a Cortland intramural champion and defending March Madness king. He wondered if the number of double digit scorers was directly correlated to victories, guessing that winning teams would have more double digit scorers in each game. As it turns out, there was not a considerable difference in the number of players in double figures for winning and losing teams. Over this holiday week … Continue reading

## Weekly Stats Recap

For this week’s study I took a look at how often (and by how much) winning teams lost individual quarters. For the 52 games played this week, the victorious team lost an average of 1.2 quarters per game. This indicates that more winning teams lost at least two quarters than winning teams that won/tied every quarter. In quarters in which the eventual winner was outscored, they were outscored by an average of 4.97 points. … Continue reading

## Fridays With Fenrich: The Greatest Spurs Ever Played

Fridays With Fenrich is a new weekly feature here, the aggregation of an extended, week-long email conversation on a single basketball theme, between myself and Kris Fenrich of Dancing With Noah.  Ian – I was on Daily Dime duty for the Mavericks and Kings Monday night and sadly had to follow the overtime barnburner between the Spurs and Rockets through my Twitter feed. As the Spurs were putting the finishing touches on their win, … Continue reading

## Video Playbook: Tony Parker’s Game Winner

Last year Jordan Kahn (@AyoItsJordan) was a staple of the basketball coverage here at Hickory-High with a series of masterful video playbook pieces breaking down all sorts of NBA nuances. Jordan may be back occasionally this season but has also moved on to contribute at Bullets Forever and the brand-new site, HoopChalk. This leaves a void in our video breakdown department, one that I will be clumsily attempting to fill. I would humbly posit … Continue reading

## The NBA Anti-Anti-Awards

Yesterday, Ian released his annual pre-season picks for the NBA Anti-Awards. Those awards recognize some of the most negative achievements in professional basketball. I wanted to take things in more of a positive direction which is why I created the Anti-Anti-Awards. These awards are the positive, mirror images of the Anti-Awards. Today I’ll introduce you to each award, note the defending champion, and project the 2012-2013 winner. You can get MVP predictions anywhere, but … Continue reading

## The Previews Of The Roundtable: Southwest Division

Exhibition games have begun and the regular season is fast approaching. The staff here at Hickory-High is previewing the entire league, taking a stab at answering the big questions, division by division. We’ve already looked at the Northwest, the Atlantic, the Pacific and the Central. Today we’re talking Spurs, Mavericks, Rockets and Hornets in the NBA’s Southwest Division. ________________________________________________________________________________ 1. What is the most intriguing storyline in the Southwest Division? Ian Levy - @HickoryHigh - Reshuffling the deck in … Continue reading

## Making Change

Last week, I laid out a theoretical experiment at Hardwood Paroxysm for the basketball laboratory of Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. Prompted by Wade’s somewhat bizarre assessment of his own jumpshot, I put some numeric value to what both he and James accomplish in the paint compared to what they accomplish from the outside. Both players pair incredibly efficient finishing at the basket with a lengthy history of shaky outside shooting, an assessment that was … Continue reading