Analytics

The RPM Smell Test and the Utah Jazz
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The RPM Smell Test and the Utah Jazz

April 10th, 2014 | by Dan Clayton
This week the basketball metrics community gave us another lens through which to analyze player performance. ESPN’s new Real Plus Minus (RPM) stat combines on-court plus/minus with absolute statistical contribution to give...
The Linearization of Basketball
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The Linearization of Basketball

March 28th, 2014 | by Dan Clayton
Is our desire to analyze leading us to oversimplify a complex game? If a=b and b=c, then a=c. That immutable truth your junior high math teacher taught you is unquestionable. It’s tidy. It’s neat. It’s linear. It’s easy...
The Favors-Kanter Pairing Revisited
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The Favors-Kanter Pairing Revisited

March 28th, 2014 | by Ben Dowsett
As a long season winds down in Salt Lake City, we begin the transition to the offseason – both a look back at the results from the year that was, and a look forward to the future.  In this year’s case, there will be somewhat...
The Difference a Screen Makes
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The Difference a Screen Makes

March 6th, 2014 | by Dan Clayton
Ready for a bold prediction? I think the most significant early advances in the realm of video tracking will have to do with helping us understand and quantify the value of setting and using screens properly. The NBA, more than...
How Alec Burks Uses Screens
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How Alec Burks Uses Screens

February 24th, 2014 | by Ben Dowsett
When breaking down this wonderful game of basketball we all know and love, we typically start with general assessments: is this guy a good rebounder?  How well does he understand the system and work with his teammates?  Is he a...
What’s Behind Gordon Hayward’s Inconsistency?
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What’s Behind Gordon Hayward’s Inconsistency?

February 21st, 2014 | by Ben Dowsett
From the moment he entered the basketball community’s collective consciousness, Gordon Hayward has always inspired mixed reviews.  Coming out of Butler following a magical run to the NCAA title game, optimistic scouts found...
All-Star Break Jazz Stat Party!
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All-Star Break Jazz Stat Party!

February 13th, 2014 | by Ben Dowsett
It’s All-Star time, folks!  With just over half the season in the books, players will get a well-deserved break from the grind while the league’s elite head to New Orleans.  It’s sure to be a weekend full of dunks,...
The Development of Alec Burks
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The Development of Alec Burks

February 10th, 2014 | by Ben Dowsett
Now in his 3rd year, where has Alec Burks improved since coming into the...
Does Offensive Rebounding Hurt Transition Defense?
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Does Offensive Rebounding Hurt Transition Defense?

January 30th, 2014 | by Dan Clayton
Uh oh, fellow basketball math nerds: we might have overcorrected. The analytics movement has given us so many new ways to see and understand NBA basketball. I myself am an ardent subscriber, and I think we’re just starting to...
Can Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter Work Together?
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Can Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter Work Together?

January 22nd, 2014 | by Ben Dowsett
  Building and maintaining a competitive NBA roster from year to year is a complex task. More often than most GM’s around the league would prefer, crises arise in some area of this process. These situations can come up...