All posts for the month March, 2014

The Importance of the Corner 3

By Stephen Shea, Ph.D. On the average, only 6 to 7 percent of a team’s FGA come from the corner 3 (based on data from the 2007-08 through 2013-14 season).  Yet, the corner 3 has been labeled the NBA’s most important shot.  A 2013 Grantland article by Kirk Goldsberry, which previewed the finals matchup between […]

Quick Hits: March 21, 2014

…links to interesting articles or tools, as well as some random thoughts on the NBA (occasionally supported with analytics). New Passing Visualization from A recent article by Andrew Bergmann presents star-in-circle diagrams of how a group of five starters typically distribute the ball to each other.  Here is the Atlanta Hawks’ passing diagram Thicker […]

The Draft Wheel Modified

By Stephen Shea, Ph.D. Boston Assistant General Manager Mike Zarren has put forth a preliminary proposal to replace the NBA’s draft lottery with a predetermined rotation of picks.  In this model, every team will have each of the picks 1-30 over a 30-year span.  The order of a team’s picks is well designed.  Each team […]

The NBA’s Rubber Band Effect?

By Stephen Shea, Ph.D. The great video game NBA Jam had a famous “rubber band effect” where the computer’s play would mysteriously improve or decline to match the user’s play.  It was impossible to blow out the opponent or to be blown out.  Mount a significant early lead or deficit and the computer’s play would […]