All posts for the month July, 2014

Minnesota’s Collapse in Q4 and Clutch Time

By Stephen Shea, Ph.D. Minnesota is currently contemplating dealing their star forward, Kevin Love.  It is not necessarily the position the Timberwolves want to be in.  Love was 4th in the league in Approximate Value last season (behind only LeBron James, Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant).  At 25 years old, Love is still in the […]

Comparing LeBron, Love and Irving to the Original Big 3

By Stephen Shea, Ph.D.  To be clear, as of this Thursday evening, Love is not yet a Cav.  Actually, Andrew Wiggins just signed his rookie contract.  Since the Cavs now have to wait 30 days to trade him, and he will likely be the main piece of any Cleveland trade for Love, it will be […]

Counting the Bad

By Stephen Shea, Ph.D. Why are we so obsessed with tracking all of the good things a player does on the court?  We want to know his points, rebounds, blocks, and steals.  Enough already; basketball isn’t all sunshine, lollipops and rainbows.  There’s the bad too.  The news focuses on death, destruction and otherwise vile behavior […]

2013-14 AV, EOP, DSG and OE

By Stephen Shea, Ph.D. In Basketball Analytics, we introduced statistics to approximate a player’s offensive, defensive and total contributions. Offensive Efficiency (OE) is a measure of a player’s production per opportunity on offense that is easy to calculate and interpret.  It is not meant to be all-encompassing.  For a more detailed version, see Offensive Efficiency […]