Analytics

2015-16 Jazz SWOT Analysis
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2015-16 Jazz SWOT Analysis

April 22nd, 2016 | by Clint Johnson
SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) is a popular planning method whereby an organization assesses its own characteristics as well as its situation, be that within a market or professional sports league....
Sloan Sports Analytics Conference Day 2 Takeaways
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Sloan Sports Analytics Conference Day 2 Takeaways

March 13th, 2016 | by Ben Gaines
One of the big themes of the 2016 Sloan Sports Analytics Conference (SSAC) was rest/sleep for athletes. In the NBA, back-to-backs are legendary for draining players of energy and contributing to injury in some cases. Most SSAC...
Sloan Sports Analytics Conference Day 1 Takeaways
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Sloan Sports Analytics Conference Day 1 Takeaways

March 11th, 2016 | by Ben Gaines
The first session of the 10th annual Sloan Sports Analytics Conference (SSAC) in Boston opened today with a memorable quip from Bill James, arguably the godfather of sports analytics. The moderator, ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan,...
Rudy Gobert, Derrick Favors, and the Value of a Block
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Rudy Gobert, Derrick Favors, and the Value of a Block

November 17th, 2015 | by Clint Johnson
As analytics continue to sweep the NBA, a misconception is growing: that improved numbers provide a “right” way to see the game. Analytics don’t offer the correct way to see anything; instead, they offer new...
Using SportVU Motion Data to Examine Jazz Roles
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Using SportVU Motion Data to Examine Jazz Roles

November 10th, 2015 | by Ben Dowsett
SportVU motion tracking data has brought a vast wealth of new information to basketball nerds everywhere. Even while only utilizing public data that’s barely the tip of the iceberg of what’s available to teams and high-paying...
Playing With the Pass: A Key for the Utah Jazz
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Playing With the Pass: A Key for the Utah Jazz

October 1st, 2015 | by David J Smith
When Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder was hired in the summer of 2014, one of the points of emphasis that was consistently mentioned was his desire to see his team “play with the pass.” A focus on a pass-heavy system...
3 NBA Insights From The San Francisco Sports Analytics Summit
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3 NBA Insights From The San Francisco Sports Analytics Summit

September 18th, 2015 | by Freelance Friday
Brad Tilley (@bradjtilley) is an Analytics Consultant in the health insurance industry. He lives in Bountiful, Utah with his wife and two daughters. This is his second freelance article for Salt City Hoops. He recently attended...
Is Utah’s Late-Season Defense Sustainable?
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Is Utah’s Late-Season Defense Sustainable?

August 18th, 2015 | by Ben Dowsett
By now, even the most casual Jazz fan knows how incredible the team’s defense was over the latter months of the ’14-15 season. A group that was a train wreck the previous season and even early on last year turned that notion...
Just How Good Can the Jazz Be?
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Just How Good Can the Jazz Be?

May 1st, 2015 | by Clark Schmutz
  I’m sure every Jazz fan has tried to figure out just how good the Jazz are, or will be, next season.  And I’m sure every fan has gotten carried away to some extent, dreaming of 50-win seasons and pushing for...
The Utah Jazz Through the Lens of Synergy Data
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The Utah Jazz Through the Lens of Synergy Data

March 3rd, 2015 | by Ben Dowsett
During the All-Star break, NBA.com unveiled yet another set of intriguing and informative stats, this time in the form of Synergy Sports figures that had been largely unavailable to the public since the site’s fan version shut...