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Draft Prospects on the Radar

Posted by on May 16, 2014 | 0 comments

With the NBA draft combine starting yesterday in Chicago I thought I’d unveil some draft prospect visualizations I created to help...

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Projecting the 2013 Draft Class Forward

Posted by on May 2, 2014 | 0 comments

There have been some significant disappointments in the 2013 draft class. Not only from number one pick Anthony Bennett, but number three...

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Has Philly Already Won the Lottery?

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 | 0 comments

The NBA played the final games of the regular season last night. For fans of the worst teams their long regional nightmare is over with...

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What Went Wrong in Detroit?

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 | 0 comments

The Detroit Pistons are lucky in one, and probably only one, respect this year. The stench off the tire fires in bigger markets with New...

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A Chart Inspired by Stan Van Gundy

Posted by on Mar 6, 2014 | 0 comments

At the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference last weekend, Stan Van Gundy aptly replayed his role as anti-numbers curmudgeon, turning the...

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Controlling for Luck

Posted by on Feb 26, 2014 | 0 comments

A Very Small Step in the Battle against Chaos, Disorder an Noise One of the primary challenges of basketball analytics is the separating...

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A Higher Level of Competition, NCAA or the D-League?

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 | 0 comments

The NBA D-League has always fascinated me as a bit of a no-man’s land. Some of the best players in the country play basketball for...

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Do Transition Points Translate?

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 | 3 comments

We know that buckets in transition before the defense gets set are the easiest points to score in basketball and that it is easier to...

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A New Way to Measure Turnovers Using SportVU

Posted by on Jan 2, 2014 | 2 comments

There is no controversy that turnovers are bad. They are probably the pet peeve of every coach, as by definition, it’s a wasted...

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Profiles in Coaching: Brad Stevens, Process Guy

Posted by on Dec 19, 2013 | 0 comments

The fates of NBA head coaches are hopelessly intertwined with the abilities and personalities of their players. For that reason they...

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Catch and Shoot Visualization

Posted by on Dec 13, 2013 | 1 comment

Below I have a Visualization of Catch and Shoot percentages utilizing SportVU data. The NBA defines a Catch and Shoot attempt as a 10 foot...

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Biggest Surprises in the West (For Good or Ill)

Posted by on Dec 6, 2013 | 1 comment

Jeff Hornacek is making a play for Coach of the Year, or at least Coach of November. Four of the top ten statistically improved players in...

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Most Surprising Players in the East (For Good or Ill)

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013 | 2 comments

One month into the NBA season Michael Beasley is the most surprisingly good player in the Eastern conference, according to my analysis....

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Visualizing Jump Shots, Featuring Hero Ball in Toronto

Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 | 1 comment

Last I started to look at the new SportVU data on jump shooting the NBA is sharing with its fans coming from tracking camera now in every...

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Shooting Data from SportVU: The Power of An Assist

Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 | 2 comments

A couple of weeks ago I sent out a ‘Deep Tweet’ of the Day: Deep tweet o’ day: The ability to shoot of the dribble is...

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Drives in SportVU: Where Evan Turner is Not Looking For the Pass

Posted by on Nov 13, 2013 | 1 comment

Back in the days of yore before SportVU video tracking data was available to fans, like September, I was doing a series on shot creation...

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