Analytics

Pump the Clutch: Utah’s Late-Game Issues
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Pump the Clutch: Utah’s Late-Game Issues

September 8th, 2014 | by Ben Dowsett
August has come and gone, and there is much rejoicing. Never mind the nearly two months to go until regular season basketball played – September offers light at the end of the tunnel. FIBA competition, training camp before the...
The NBA’s Goaltending Leaders
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The NBA’s Goaltending Leaders

August 18th, 2014 | by Andy Larsen
Goaltending is awesome. Basketball players have an unfortunate choice: they can sky above the rim and forcefully reject a shot in a direction of their choosing, or they can meekly hope a shot misses so they may gather the...
TeamSPACE and the Jazz’s “Core Five”
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TeamSPACE and the Jazz’s “Core Five”

August 15th, 2014 | by Ben Dowsett
Earlier in the week, I spent some time breaking down last year’s Jazz starting (and most-used) lineup using shooting data expertly compiled by Matt D’Anna of Nylon Calculus – how the five-man unit as a whole as well as...
TeamSPACE and the 13-14 Jazz, Part 1
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TeamSPACE and the 13-14 Jazz, Part 1

August 11th, 2014 | by Ben Dowsett
The NBA may take the summer off, particularly the typically dead month of August, but nerdiness has no “season”, so neither do I. Last week I used this space to look at some contextualized elements of last season for the Jazz...
Jazz 2013-14 SportVU Snapshot
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Jazz 2013-14 SportVU Snapshot

August 1st, 2014 | by Ben Dowsett
As I mentioned in my piece last week, I’m lucky enough to count myself a writer for Nylon Calculus, the new analytics arm of Hardwood Paroxysm (under the Sports Illustrated/Fansided banner). Several of my colleagues are...
Focusing on FTr: Alec Burks and Trey Burke
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Focusing on FTr: Alec Burks and Trey Burke

July 29th, 2014 | by Laura Thompson
  I was looking at some stats for the team, and what stood out to me was the discrepancy between Trey Burke’s free-throw rate (.126) and Alec Burks’ (.449). Burks has a FTr better than 3.5x that of Burke’s. I don’t...
Examining Utah Jazz Shot Charts
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Examining Utah Jazz Shot Charts

July 25th, 2014 | by Ben Dowsett
In today’s media-savvy basketball world, there are a number of methods available to analysts like myself to evaluate players, teams, lineups and everything in between. As part of our natural human tendency, in many cases we...
Why Our Gordon Hayward Comps Are All Wrong
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Why Our Gordon Hayward Comps Are All Wrong

July 3rd, 2014 | by Dan Clayton
Before you jump off the Gordon Hayward bandwagon, there are some things you should know. Particularly if your discomfort at the idea of matching a max or near-max offer sheet for the versatile wing has to do with...
Jeremy Evans: One More Chance?
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Jeremy Evans: One More Chance?

June 20th, 2014 | by Ben Dowsett
There’s so much going on this time of year for the Utah Jazz, from expected yearly events (next Thursday’s draft and the upcoming free agency period following it) to very rare occurrences for this franchise (a coaching...
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...