Analytics

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...
On Differing Approaches to Analytics, and Player Grades for Lakers @ Jazz 2/25/15
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On Differing Approaches to Analytics, and Player Grades for Lakers @ Jazz 2/25/15

February 25th, 2015 | by Ben Dowsett
Analytics and all its accompanying elements has been one of the hottest topics among NBA die-hards for much of the year, and especially in the last few weeks. Comments by guys like Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal on...
Utah Jazz Players and Opponent Field Goal Percentage
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Utah Jazz Players and Opponent Field Goal Percentage

December 31st, 2014 | by Clint Johnson
Perhaps the most fundamental defensive principle of all is Guard Your Man. Players who cannot effectively defend their assigned offensive player are weak points in defensive armor.  Put together enough such weaknesses and the...
Pace Check-in, and Notes on Exum, Kanter & Ingles
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Pace Check-in, and Notes on Exum, Kanter & Ingles

December 18th, 2014 | by Dan Clayton
  As we’ve discussed plenty here at SCH, there is more to pace than anything a single number can convey. Sure, the Utah Jazz are still crawling along in the bottom three for possessions per game, but smart people know...
On Actions, Outcomes and Playing with Purpose
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On Actions, Outcomes and Playing with Purpose

December 11th, 2014 | by Dan Clayton
  Oh good, you’re thinking. Another diagnostic piece about the Utah Jazz. Well, it comes with the territory. The Jazz narrowly avoided the worst losing streak since before all current Jazz players were born, so logic...
Some Positive (!) Notes Among Current Utah Jazz Players
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Some Positive (!) Notes Among Current Utah Jazz Players

December 8th, 2014 | by Ben Dowsett
The Jazz lost their eighth consecutive game against a shorthanded Magic team Friday night, and morale surrounding the team has likely reached a season low. Utah continues to hemorrhage points at an alarming rate, still 29th in...
The Utah Jazz’s Continued Problems Versus the Pick-and-Roll
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The Utah Jazz’s Continued Problems Versus the Pick-and-Roll

December 1st, 2014 | by Ben Dowsett
Perhaps earlier than some had hoped for, the mettle and resiliency of Jazz fans everywhere is being tested. After a summer full of bandying from every direction about just how differently this Utah team would be perceived than...
Utah’s Early Off-Ball Issues
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Utah’s Early Off-Ball Issues

November 24th, 2014 | by Ben Dowsett
As the league reaches the end of November, initial excitement over a new season begins to give way to more of a “daily grind” temperament. Unsustainable early trends start to regress back toward the mean, fan bases grow...
Joe Ingles: Historically Unusual?
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Joe Ingles: Historically Unusual?

November 24th, 2014 | by Matt Pacenza
Watch a Jazz game with a 10-year-old, as I often do, and they can be uncomfortably honest. “THAT guy is an NBA player?” my son asked a few weeks ago. That guy, is, of course, Joe Ingles. Ingles just doesn’t look like a...