NBA Week 4 in Review: Small Sample Size Theater Is Winding Down

As we move further and further into the season, the odd kinks at the beginning of the season start to solidify and the patterns are emerging. For some fans, like in Portland and Toronto, this is encouraging, but for others in Cleveland or Charlotte this is distressing. Yet, as everyone has said repeatedly in November, […]


The Myth of the Overpaid Player

With all of the negative publicity surrounding the National Football League in the past year, the sale of the Buffalo Bills went largely unnoticed. Fans and non-fans alike have been clamoring about the hefty salaries of NFL players, but megadeals like this can fly under the radar.  J.J. Watt was given a $100 million contract […]

Stat Exploration: Both Offense and Defense Affect Title Odds

One of the most famous cliches in basketball is that defense wins championships. That’s the type of statement that usually gets hacked to death by those wielding advanced-stats swords, but analysis has found time and again that the statement could be valid. With a Cleveland team dreaming of bringing a title home lacking defense but […]

Anthony Davis: A Statistical Anomaly

Something weird happened at the end of the Pelicans game earlier this week against the Trailblazers. It wasn’t that the Pelicans blew a 12-point lead or that they were outscored by 21 points in the 4th quarter or that Anthony Davis blocked a fadeaway jump shot from a guy that is nearly 7 feet tall. It was the weird […]

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NBA Week 3 in Review: Chasing Trends

With the Cleveland Cavaliers finding their groove and some crazy box scores over the past week, there’s a lot to discuss, but let’s delve into a few other topics and leave the talk of things like Kobe Bryant to the rest of the media. Doubting Thomas (Again) Even the smartest people following the league are […]


The Catch-and-Shoot Atlanta Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks have carved out one of the most unique niches in the league over the last two seasons by building an offense that seems specifically built around catch-and-shoot scoring. Through 7 games, the Hawks lead the league in points off of catch-and-shoot attempts by over three points per game, and score over 12 ppg more […]


Stat Exploration: Modeling Field Goal Percentage

With the release of player shotlogs, providing a variety of information on every single shot during the season, there’s a lot of potential for studying field goals. One area of interest is how the proximity of the closest defender affects the conversion rate of the shot. Then, building on some insights there, how can we […]

NBA Week 2 in Review: Is It Time to Panic?

As teams have a few games under their belts, wild projections are being made based on paltry three-game winning streaks and a few surprising wins — or losses. People don’t know if it’s time to panic and a little patience here to led the season unfold would ease concerns. Take last season, for instance. Toronto […]


Stat Exploration: SportVU Data

A few years ago, some mathematically-inclined minds decided to tackle the NBA and mine its secrets — we’ve seen industry after industry taken over by numbers, at least partially, and sports was next. One disciple of Bill James, the father of sabermetrics in baseball, gave everything in the box score a value, summed it together, […]


NBA Week 1 in Review: Welcome Back, NBA

As the sports world is obsessed with the return of Derrick Rose and Kobe Bryant from injuries and LeBron’s new team, a few storylines have gone under the radar. There have only been two or three games for most teams, but a few observations are noteworthy — and we have some new toys from SportVU, […]


2014-15 NBA Preview: San Antonio Spurs

Historically, the Spurs title last season is an important beacon in the time of the super-team and all-stars joining forces. It was a true ensemble squad with no one averaging more than 17 points per game or 30 minutes where the only all-star and all-NBA player was Tony Parker, who probably wouldn’t have earned those […]


2014-15 NBA Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland as a city hasn’t won a major sports championship in half a century. But LeBron’s back. He’s somehow made Cleveland a top destination. As tough as his title runs were in Miami, this will be his most interesting test. He’s been on a mythic journey so far as a hometown hero and so-called “chosen […]


2014-15 NBA Preview: Los Angeles Clippers

No team could be happier with new ownership. The Clippers are now a legitimate franchise with two superstars, one they even drafted, and a stable of useful supporting guys and a solid coach. They’re due for yet another high 50′s win season, and the future is bright. Now all they have to deal with is […]


2014-15 NBA Preview: Index

NBA predictions are made by crazy people who believe they can actually tell the future, full of twists and turns like injuries and emergent players. As such, even the best set of predictions will be partly awful at the end of the season — who saw Phoenix coming last year? Let’s not forget that. Here’s […]


2014-15 NBA Preview: Chicago Bulls

Cautious optimism: welcome to the 2015 season for the Chicago Bulls. After a few years of waiting for Rose to come back, it may finally be time. With the lack of contending teams in the east, the basketball world needs them to be competitive for pure symmetry and for a more exciting set of playoff […]