Preview: 2014 FIBA World Cup Knockout Stage

NBA analysts are spoiled by the grueling 82 game schedule. Some may complain about a lack of data, but it’s a wealth of information compared to the FIBA tournament. Not only are there only five games in the qualifying stage before the “playoffs,” but teams are separated into groups that do not play each other. […]

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Learning to Shoot, Specialization, and the Orlando Magic

An interesting development in the past month or so — since the 2014 NBA draft in which Andrew Wiggins, Aaron Gordon, and Marcus Smart were some of the hottest commodities — has been the growth of rebuilding teams who are focusing primarily on athleticism and defense from their new young talent. The Orlando Magic (who […]


How Good Is Team USA?

The FIBA World Cup starts this weekend and Team USA’s first opponent is Finland, and with many international stars skipping the competition — from Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili to Lithuania’s starting point guard Mantas Kalnietis, injured, along with Ilyasova and Turkogulu from the silver medal Turkey squad — it appears to be reasonable to […]


Team Strength in Summer Basketball: 2002 to 2012

As we near the 2014 FIBA World Cup, it’s time to look back at what team USA has done in recent years. With only a handful of games and the fact that teams are split into groups before the single game elimination tournament, it’s a bit difficult to ascertain how strong certain teams have been. […]

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Super Pace: An NBA what if?

The 1961-62 NBA season featured some of the most famous and untouchable NBA records of all time. Wilt scored 100 points in a single game and averaged 50 points per game for the season, adding nearly 26 rebounds per contest as well. It is also the only year that Oscar Robertson averaged a triple double (though […]

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Effects of Shot Location, and How Defenses Might be Changing

The advent of viewing basketball probabilistically, fundamentally changed how the game is managed. Basketball, to the extent that it was considered scientifically at all, used to be a function of physics — of arcs, gravity, and momentum. The realization that basketball could be viewed in terms of probabilities — in terms of the odds that […]


Kevin Love on the Block: a Retort

In a recent article on Grantland, Kirk Goldsberry argues Kevin Love would be more beneficial for his team if he hung out on the perimeter less and crashed the offensive glass more. Goldsberry has an impressive dataset few can be competitive with and an arsenal of resources at his disposal, including some of the best […]


How good is Cleveland with Kevin Love?

Note: This assumes the league will not veto the trade, as the rumors indicate. Cleveland’s management is hard to read. In a world where information is leaked at a high rate, they shocked the world by drafting Anthony Bennett first overall. I wasn’t sure what they would do with Andrew Wiggins and Kevin Love, but […]


5 Common Myths about the NBA

Over the last 10 seasons, the NBA has evolved. The game of basketball is always evolving, but in 2004, the NBA made a couple of seemingly small rule changes that have had an enormous impact on how teams were allowed to defend. After years of some excessively physical defense, stagnant, isolation-heavy offenses and a steady […]


2015 NFL Draft: Running Back Speed Scores

The 2015 NFL draft-eligible crop of running back is one of the best in years. With the draft still being 9 months away, and the combine slowly creeping up at 6 months, it’s hard to gauge what could change to these prospects draft stocks in that time. A formula, though — one created by […]


Is there a correlation to Contesting the Rim and Wingspan?

In today’s NBA, when drafting or looking to sign a big man, rim protection is one of the key factors looked at by team executives. If a player has freakish measureables, too, then many teams will be even more intrigued. That’s why I decided to look and see if there is truly a correlation between […]


Where do the Indiana Pacers go from here?

Just when you think the Indiana Pacers summer couldn’t have gotten any worse after letting Lance Stephenson — one of their main offensive playmakers — walk and sign with the Charlotte Hornets, it just did, by an even wider margin. In a freak accident during the USA basketball intra-squad scrimmage in Las Vegas on Friday […]


Just how great Is the Spurs Dynasty?

The San Antonio Spurs won their 5th championship in 15 years, but there are those who don’t consider their 15-year run a dynasty, because during this stretch they have never won back-to-back championships. Is this assessment really fair? The Spurs have been playing some of the best basketball of recent memory, but its hard to […]


Hakeem Olajuwon’s Playoff Wizardry

The Black Arts of Hakeem the Dream in the Post-season When I saw Hakeem Olajuwon’s playoff success, I assumed his complex post-game — full of counters — was the driving factor as his offensive game suffered little against better defenses. Coupled with Houston’s cadre of shooters around him, and Olajuwon was free to put players […]

Offensive Introduction: The Revolution in Major League Baseball

As Analytics Game kicks off its coverage of Major League Baseball — and I write my first article for the site — I’ve decided the best use of this new platform is to introduce readers to the basics of the statistical movement now taking place in baseball front offices. This movement has been gaining steam […]