All posts for the month February, 2015

Hassan Whiteside and College Prospect Rating (CPR)

By Stephen Shea, Ph.D. February 25, 2015 Hassan Whiteside? When the 2014-15 season began, nobody was talking about Hassan Whiteside.  The 2010 second round pick had played a total of 111 minutes in the NBA, and had spent the last two seasons completely out of the league.  So, where was Whiteside and what was he […]

Updated Midseason College Prospect Ratings (CPR): Russell and Okafor on Top

By Stephen Shea, Ph.D. February 20, 2015 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.  Basketball Analytics: Spatial Tracking contains the full methodology for the calculations of CPR. The following table presents […]

How do the Pelicans generate so many open shots with so little ball movement?

By Stephen Shea, Ph.D. February 16, 2015 Better ball movement should lead to more open shots.  That’s the rule most are taught at the early stages of basketball development.  The general trend holds true in the NBA. For this article, ball movement is measured by total team time of possession divided by the team’s frontcourt […]

Please stop characterizing analytics as a misuse of simple statistics

By Stephen Shea, Ph.D. February 13, 2015 It has now been several days since Barkley went on his anti-analytics rant on TNT.  In case you missed it, among other comments, he referred to Houston General Manager Daryl Morey as “one of those idiots who believes in analytics” and suggested that the use of analytics in […]