Analytics

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...
World Watch: Utah Jazz Guys Tuning Up With National Teams
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World Watch: Utah Jazz Guys Tuning Up With National Teams

August 8th, 2014 | by Dan Clayton
A hoopless August? No way. A few Jazz players are keeping busy this summer in preparation for FIBA’s World Cup of Basketball in Spain. And even though that tournament doesn’t start until the very end of August, the...
Creative Off-Court Ideas for a Creative Coach
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Creative Off-Court Ideas for a Creative Coach

August 7th, 2014 | by Laura Thompson
We’ve been hearing really great things about Quin Snyder over the past couple of months. Everything from how he was the first coach to work with DeMarre Carroll on footwork, to his intelligence level from Paul Millsap, and...
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...
Who is Brock Motum?
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Who is Brock Motum?

July 31st, 2014 | by David J Smith
When the Utah Jazz summer league roster was made public, most people scanned right past Brock Motum’s name, focusing naturally on the returning players and recent draftees. A month later, people are much more familiar with...
Can the Utah Jazz Escape the Hamster Wheel of Losing?
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Can the Utah Jazz Escape the Hamster Wheel of Losing?

July 30th, 2014 | by Dan Clayton
Eighty-two percent of recently bad teams have some tough news to share with Jazz fans: getting off the lottery hamster wheel is tough work. It’s easy for teams to get stuck on the treadmill of multiple losing seasons. The...
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...
How Important is Passing?
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How Important is Passing?

July 24th, 2014 | by Denim Millward
Being that most of you are all supporters of the former team of the NBA all-time assists leader and one of the greatest passers in history, I’m going to go out on a limb and assume you know a thing or two about passing....