The Three Dimensions of Rebounding

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Rajiv Maheswaran

Yu-Han Chang

Jeff Su

Sheldon Kwok

Tal Levy

Adam Wexler

Noel Hollingsworth


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.

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