NBA Week 12 in Review: Halfway There

It’s the midway point in the NBA regular season, and by continually bisecting the rest of the season, we’ll eventually reach that finish line and make it to the playoffs. The Warriors are destroying everyone, the Hawks look like the best team in the east, the Cavaliers look like a real playoff team, and the […]

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All-Star Starters: 2015

With the all-star voting drawing to an end and the game itself around the corner, I thought I’d share my selections for the all-star ballot for the starters and the reasoning behind them. For some objective evidence, I’ve paired my own metric with ESPN’s RPM. My metric is still in the beta stages, but it’s […]

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NBA Week 11 in Review: Databall Blues

We’re deep into the NBA season and nearing the halfway mark for the regular season, as strange as that sounds. There are still a lot of unresolved storylines and surprises, however, even with all the tools we have available. The media’s focused on the circus in Cleveland and the condemned basketball empires in New York […]

NBA Week 10 in Review: the New Year

As everyone predicted, three of the four teams with the best defensive ratings are Portland, Houston, and Atlanta. The NBA can surprise and what we thought just a few months ago may have to be completely discarded. A year ago at this time the Pacers were 28-6, outscoring opponents by near 10 points a game […]

NBA Week 9 in Review: Late Christmas Gift

Christmas is to the NBA now as Thanksgiving is to football. It’s a time for high-profile match-ups and reunions, like LeBron meeting his former team. TV ratings powerhouses like the Lakers and Knicks are always there, irrespective of how good their teams are. But there were other storylines too to close out of the year, […]

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Another Look at Wiggins, Parker, LaVine and Antetokounmpo, 30 Games In

Recently, Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight assessed the state of the #1 overall pick, Andrew Wiggins. Statistically, Wiggins was viewed in comparison to other 19 year old rookies and how they fared after 30 games of play. This was a brilliant idea as comparable 19 year olds were ranked based off of box score averages, but […]

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Is the Point Guard Position the Most Competitive in the NBA?

As an avid basketball fan and statistician, I immerse myself with all things basketball which includes watching and reading popular media such as Grantland, FiveThirtyEight, and (my favorite for the added comedic reasons) Inside the NBA. In the past few weeks, I have heard the claim from basketball analysts on these channels that the point […]

NBA Week 8 in Review: Tis the Season for Trades

We already have some movement in the league, from the small and curious Corey Brewer trade to Houston to the Rajon Rondo trade. A couple months in, teams know who they are and what weaknesses they have. The deluded ones dream about how good they could be if they removed problem X, while others try […]

The Rajon Rondo Trade: How Does He Fit in Dallas?

I feel as though I need to speak up against this trade because I’ve been one of Rajon Rondo’s strongest critics for a long time. For example, here’s an older article about how deceiving Rondo’s stats are given that Boston’s offense has usually been just fine without him. The most famous instance is 2013 where […]

New Year’s Eve date with the Heat costs just $9

New Year’s Eve will be the second time this season that the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat will meet on the hardwood. The Pacers were able to get by with an 81-75 victory in mid-November in the first meeting. Roy Hibbert scored 16 points and added 15 rebounds and 3 blocks in the win over […]

NBA Week 7 in Review: Counting the Days

In a week, Kobe Bryant has passed Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list while Duncan silently passed Jerry West. Golden State has looked like the next great team, while Oklahoma City surges forward, hoping to take at least the last playoff spot — we could be headed toward a mammoth first round series. But […]

Motion, Movement and Identity

Last Summer, during the Sloan MIT conference in Boston, someone made the mistake of informing Stan Van Gundy that Paul George led the league in distance traveled. His response was this: “of what possible use is this information?” It was classic Van Gundy, equal parts serious and sarcastic. Van Gundy was all at once dismissing […]

NBA Week 6 in Review: Philadelphia Wins, Nation Rejoices

The standings are still a bit bizarre like in the crowded west with Portland, Memphis, and a Howard-less Houston team near the top, but the league is rounding into shape. The Bulls are still debilitated and their defense hasn’t recovered, but at least the Cavaliers have found their groove — we need as many great […]

Stat Exploration: Rebounding Impact and SportVU

One of the most widely used stats in the NBA is the grossly misleading rebound. We all discuss how field goals can come from sharp passes, or how a player’s field-goal percentage is lower because he has to take too many of the team’s unassisted shots at the end of the shot clock. Assists are […]

NBA Week 5 in Review: Farewell, November

This is the week of Memphis asserting their dominance, Houston fading without Dwight Howard, Cleveland discovering their mojo, and the Toronto juggernaut being tested with DeMar DeRozan’s injury. Somehow, the playoff standings are an inverse mockery with the Cavaliers, Bulls, Spurs, and Clippers closer to the bottom with Memphis, Golden State, Houston and Toronto looking […]

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