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The Three Dimensions of Rebounding

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Authors

Rajiv Maheswaran
Yu-Han Chang
Jeff Su
Sheldon Kwok
Tal Levy
Adam Wexler
Noel Hollingsworth

Abstract

Abstract: The recent spread of tracking technology in sports is bringing about a new era in analytics where we can deconstruct things we previously understood as one thing. We consider rebounding in basketball. Until recently we would get at most one piece of information after a missed shot: the name of a player that got the rebound. In this paper, we (1) describe the full timeline of a rebound, (2) develop metrics for the various dimensions of this timeline using novel techniques and (3) apply them to calculate individual player abilities in these dimensions.