Analytics

To Board Or Not To Board
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To Board Or Not To Board

October 16th, 2014 | by Dan Clayton
Like giddy teenagers on a fourth date, we’re still just getting to know the 2014-15 version of the Utah Jazz. With a new coach in the mix, you can’t take anything for granted. Pore over past performance if that makes...
The Right Kind of Mistakes: Passing TOs & Offensive Efficiency
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The Right Kind of Mistakes: Passing TOs & Offensive Efficiency

October 9th, 2014 | by Dan Clayton
How much does Quin Snyder want to play with the pass? He’d rather see passing mistakes than mistake-free isolation plays. “Sometimes trying to make those passes doesn’t always give you the results you want right...
Tempo Talk: Snyder, Jazz Aim to Push the Pace
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Tempo Talk: Snyder, Jazz Aim to Push the Pace

October 3rd, 2014 | by Dan Clayton
    The Utah Jazz can still count on one hand the number of 2014-15 practices they’ve had, and already they’ve introduced their new philosophy in the form of a triumvirate of “P” words. Play with...
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...