Basketball Analytics – 2013

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Basketball analytics tools, which are used off court as well as live during the game, can bring small competitive advantages that can shift games and even playoff series. How can an advanced scouting system help to better prepare an NBA more »

Basketball Analytics – 2012

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Increasingly, GMs, owners, and coaches are employing advanced metrics and statistical tools for scouting, drafting, and trading personnel. This panel, featuring NBA front-office staff, commentators, and analysts, will discuss key topics such as: How has the shortened season impacted which more »

Slam Force G’s: Quantifying the Force of a Monster Dunk

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In December, 2011 Turner Sports partnered with the MIT Media Lab to create the SlamForce Net, a basketball net that incorporates segments of conductive fiber whose resistance changes with degree of stretch. By measuring this resistance over time, hardware associated more »

ESPN’s College Basketball Power Index

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There are many computer rankings of college basketball teams, from Sagarin to Kenpom to LRMC to RPI.  ESPN developed its College Basketball Power Index (BPI) to provide both a resume and a forecast for college basketball teams, but also accounting more »

NBA Chemistry: Positive and Negative Synergies in Basketball

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We introduce a novel Skills Plus Minus (“SPM”) framework to measure on-court chemistry in basketball. First, we evaluate each player’s offense and defense in the SPM framework based on three basic categories of skills: scoring, rebounding, and ball-handling. We then more »

McCann: Legal Lessons from NBA/NFL Lockouts

Michael McCann, Legal Analyst and SI.com Columnist for Sports Illustrated While the NFL and NBA lockouts were resolved before either league suffered permanent injury, the work stoppages still caused economic harm (including harm to third-party apparel makers, concessionaires and others), led more »

Basketball Analytics – 2011

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This panel will explore the importance of analytics in basketball. As more teams employ advanced metrics and use statistical tools, this panel will examine the changes in how players are scouted, drafted, developed, and even changes in how basketball is more »

New Player Evaluation Technique for Players of the NBA

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Abstract: I present a combination of player evaluation techniques that significantly outperforms regularized adjusted +/- in prediction accuracy. This approach models a basketball game as a finite state machine, which is a behavior model composed of a finite number of more »

The Price of Anarchy in Basketball

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Optimizing the performance of a basketball offense can be viewed as a network problem, wherein each play represents a “pathway” through which the ball and players move from origin (the in-bounds pass) to goal (the basket). Inspired by recent discussions more »

Novel Approach to Fantasy Basketball Management

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In head-to-head fantasy sports leagues, it is common belief that managers try to do their best in all statistics categories. In this paper, we work to turn this notion on its head and investigate the strategy of effectively forfeiting certain more »

Basketball Analytics – 2008

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This panel features industry professionals who focus on evaluating teams and personnel from an analytical perspective. Their work experience ranges from prominent roles for NBA teams to headline writers for major sports media outlets to authors of basketball analytics books. more »

Basketball Analytics – 2007

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An in-depth discussion, specific to the game of basketball, of the tools and models used to analyze player and lineup performance. VIDEO WAS NOT RECORDED FOR THIS PANEL

Basketball Analytics – 2009

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This panel examines the importance of analytical methods in basketball. With APBRmetrics gaining acceptance and respect around the NBA, teams are increasingly using statistical analysis to gain a competitive edge over their opponents. Panelists from ESPN and NBA teams will more »

Allocation and Dynamic Efficiency in NBA Decision Making

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Abstract: This paper examines the optimality of the shooting decisions of National Basketball Association (NBA) players using a rich data set of shot outcomes. The decision to shoot is a complex problem that involves weighing the continuation value of the more »

How Much Trouble is Early Foul Trouble?

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Abstract: We introduce a win probability approach to modeling basketball performance and employ it to determine the effect that early foul trouble by a team’s starters has on its future performance. We find that each of the three seasons from more »

Basketball Analytics – 2010

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This panel examines the growing importance of analytical methods in basketball. With APBRmetrics gaining acceptance and respect around the NBA, teams are increasingly using statistical analysis to gain a competitive edge over their opponents. Panelists from ESPN and NBA teams more »

Box Score Rebooted

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Bill James changed the game of baseball with his ground-breaking introduction of advanced statistical analysis. But can more still be done? And why hasn’t the box score evolved to incorporate these widely accepted stats? These panelists will discuss the inherent more »