All posts for the month November, 2013

Analysis of the Derrick Williams/Luc Mbah a Moute Trade

by Stephen M. Shea The Minnesota Timberwolves have traded forward (and former #2 overall selection) Derrick Williams to the Sacramento Kings for forward Luc Mbah a Moute. See http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/24286579/its-official-wolves-trade-derrick-williams-to-kings-for-mbah-a-moute for a report. This is not a swap of household names or superstars.  Instead it is an exchange of role players.  However, we do believe this […]

Houston’s Problems

By Stephen M. Shea The Houston Rockets might be the most interesting team in the NBA right now.  They made the biggest splash in the offseason by winning the Dwight Howard sweepstakes.  Howard joined an already exciting group of young players, led by James Harden, Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Lin.  One of these, Harden is […]

Player’s Offense per Minute of Possession (POMP)

By Stephen M. Shea, Ph.D. For the first time, NBA.com is offering player tracking statistics (captured by SportVU).  See http://stats.nba.com/playerTracking.html for more details.  Throughout this season, we will be posting advanced metrics and analysis based on these new player tracking statistics.  Our first post in this series defined a player’s Scoring Versatility Index.  Today, we […]

Scoring Versatility Index (SVI) II

By Stephen M. Shea, Ph.D, Considering Efficiency In our previous post, we introduced a player’s Scoring Versatility Index (SVI).  SVI measures the balance in a player’s scoring across three categories: Drives: Any touch that starts at least 20 feet from the hoop and is dribbled within 10 feet of the hoop and excludes fast breaks. […]