All posts for the month April, 2014

Is the mid-range jumper defeating Houston?

by Stephen Shea, Ph.D. Houston employs a now well-documented offensive style.  They look to take 3-pointers or drive to the basket and aim to avoid the mid-range jumper.   On paper, this looks like a viable strategy since the mid-range 2 typically provides the least return on investment.  Players generally shoot only mildly better from mid-range […]

On Kevin Durant’s Improvements in Efficiency and Consistency

By Stephen M. Shea, Ph.D. Occasionally, a special talent comes along that is capable of putting up impressive scoring totals on a nightly basis in his first NBA season.  Kevin Durant was one of these players.  At only 19 years old, he played 80 games (34.6 minutes per night) and scored 20.3 points per game […]

Interview with Nik Oza, Founder and President of the Georgetown Sports Analysis, Business and Research Group

I had the pleasure of meeting Nik Oza during the weekend of the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.  Nik is the Founder and President of the very successful Georgetown Sports Analysis, Business and Research Group (GSABR).  Recently, Nik was kind enough to answer a few questions for our blog.  Please check out the GSABR blog for […]

Points, Passes and Touches

By Stephen Shea, Ph.D. This season is the first in which SportVU’s spatial tracking software is gathering data from all games for all teams. has made certain components of that data available to the public (in their player tracking section).  Excited to try out this new toy, we have made a point on this […]