Analytics

Gordon Hayward’s Shooting %s: A Fleeting Dip or a Worrying Trend?
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Gordon Hayward’s Shooting %s: A Fleeting Dip or a Worrying Trend?

January 13th, 2014 | by Matt Pacenza
Looking ahead to the 2014 offseason, the Jazz will face two decisions critical to their future: who to draft and whether to sign young wing Gordon Hayward. Hayward is a player many Jazz fans adore. His game has grown over his...
Utah’s Evolving Pick and Roll Defense
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Utah’s Evolving Pick and Roll Defense

January 6th, 2014 | by Ben Dowsett
It almost goes without saying, but things have certainly stabilized to a high degree in Jazzland after an extremely rocky beginning to the season.  It kind of feels like ages ago that the doomsday drums were beating loudly as...
Jazz Individual Shot Selection Stats
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Jazz Individual Shot Selection Stats

December 13th, 2013 | by Ben Dowsett
A few weeks ago, with the Jazz still in the hunt for the title of WOAT (Worst Offense of All Time), we took a look at a fundamental question: were Utah’s plethora of offensive issues the cause of poor systems, poor execution,...
SportVU and the Jazz
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SportVU and the Jazz

December 9th, 2013 | by Ben Dowsett
While the general public would likely associate the name “Moneyball” with the 2011 film starring Brad Pitt, those who are analytically inclined would think of something entirely different. Spawned near the turn of the...
Checking the Metronome
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Checking the Metronome

December 5th, 2013 | by Dan Clayton
The new era of Jazz basketball is a quarter-season old following Utah’s Wednesday night loss to the league’s best team, so any attempt to discern the identity of this squad is probably a bit premature. Still, I can...
Utah’s Offensive Evolution
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Utah’s Offensive Evolution

November 27th, 2013 | by Ben Dowsett
As part of my debut for Salt City Hoops last month, I wrote a two-part series on legendary Jazz coach Jerry Sloan and his impact on both the team and the league as a whole.  Much of part two delved into some of the systematical...
Jazz Offensive Woes: Shot Selection or Shot Making?
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Jazz Offensive Woes: Shot Selection or Shot Making?

November 20th, 2013 | by Ben Dowsett
As a difficult season in Utah continues with another couple disheartening losses, it’s news to no one in Jazzland that the team is struggling mightily offensively.  Their young, inexperienced roster is dead last in the league...
Previously Private Amazing Advanced NBA Stats to be Released in Consumer Package
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Previously Private Amazing Advanced NBA Stats to be Released in Consumer Package

November 13th, 2013 | by Andy Larsen
Vantage Sports, now a source of advanced basketball analytics for NBA teams, players, and trainers only, will begin a Kickstarter campaign this week to gauge interest in releasing a product for a general audience. Should the...
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“Utah Jazz Basketball”: A Look At Assisted Field Goal %

October 16th, 2013 | by David J Smith
We often hear, when the Jazz win, that the team won by playing “Utah Jazz basketball.” For me, that has always connoted heart, hustle, tough defense, smart offense, and above all, teamwork. When you think about the...
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Response to Readers: Hayward and Kanter’s Offense

September 23rd, 2013 | by Clint Johnson
We at Salt City Hoops aim to please, and that includes responding to comments and requests, such as these to my September 9th post projecting Hayward and Favors as primary offensive options this season. Casey said: I’d be...