All posts for the month December, 2014

Individual touch time before the shot; Cleveland is improving, Atlanta is thriving, and Charlotte is struggling

By Stephen Shea, Ph.D. NBA.com presents a variety of statistics built upon the spatial tracking data collected and aggregated by SportVU.  This season, fans can go to team tracking pages, like this one for the Spurs. This article will investigate the team statistic called “touch time.”  This statistic measures how long the shooting player has […]

More mid-range and less corner 3s; does it identify the league’s least analytically savvy?

By Stephen Shea, Ph.D. Which NBA teams are the least analytically savvy?  This is a hard question to answer.  To say a team is not analytically savvy suggests that they form their strategies (in roster construction, cap management, scouting, coaching, etc.) without serious consideration of analytics.  The issue in assessing a team’s use of analytics […]

Midseason College Prospect Rating (CPR) for 2015 Draft Class

By Stephen Shea, Ph.D. The College Prospect Rating (CPR) System assigns to every college player, based on their age, class, projected NBA position, and college box score production, a number that approximates their pro potential. The system was first introduced on this blog. The new book, Basketball Analytics: Spatial Tracking, presents a slightly revised version. […]

Quick Hits: December 9, 2014

By Stephen Shea, Ph.D. Brooklyn Nets Hire New Director of Analytics The Brooklyn Nets have named Glenn DuPaul the new Director of Basketball Analytics.  DuPaul has a B.S. in Business/Managerial Economics from Lehigh.  Most recently, DuPaul was an intern for the Kansas City Royals.  Check out this video of DuPaul discussing one of his baseball metrics or […]