All posts for the month September, 2015

Penetration, 3-Pointers and Help Defense

By Chris Baker (@ChrisBakerAM) and Steve Shea (@SteveShea33) September 29, 2015   On May 10, 2015, Phil Jackson famously gave the world his “how’s it goink?” tweet. In that tweet and surrounding messages, Phil suggested that the NBA is more about penetration than 3-point shooting. Phil has a point. Penetration is important. The issue is […]

Preliminary Investigation into Defensive Stretch II

By Stephen Shea (@SteveShea33) and Chris Baker (@ChrisBakerAM) September 15, 2015   You can find the first post in this series here. In the previous post, we introduced CHAD to measure the defense’s area or stretch. Another measure we like to use is to take the defender’s average distance to the average position of the […]

Preliminary Investigation into Defensive Stretch

By Stephen Shea (@SteveShea33) and Chris Baker (@ChrisBakerAM) September 14, 2015   On May 10, 2015 (after the now famous “goink” text), Phil Jackson tweeted, “Seriously, bball, it’s about penetration.” Phil is correct. Great offenses find ways to get to the hoop. Great defenses find ways to stop that penetration. SportVU’s spatial tracking system in […]