All posts for the month October, 2015

NBA Defense Analytics: Inducing PISS

By Stephen Shea (@SteveShea33) and Christopher Baker (@ChrisBakerAM) October 30, 2015   Defenses can consistently influence opponent shot selection. Red Auerbach once said, “Basketball is like war in that offensive weapons are developed first, and it always takes a while for the defense to catch up.” Perhaps then, it should come as no surprise that […]

PISS-Poor Shot Selection

By Stephen Shea (@SteveShea33) and Christopher Baker (@ChrisBakerAM) October 15, 2015 NBA possessions are a valuable and limited resource. Each shot is a gamble of that resource. The goal of an NBA offense is to try and create the best bets—shots with the highest expected winnings. Of course, defenses have the opposite agenda. They are […]

Dear Pelicans, PASS THE BALL!

By Stephen Shea, Ph.D. (@SteveShea33) and Christopher Baker (@ChrisBakerAM) October 8, 2015 Ball Movement Generates Open Shots Quicker ball movement helps generate open looks.  We measure a team’s ball movement by taking the average number of seconds a player on the team holds the ball before passing, shooting or otherwise ending his possession.  A shot is […]

How often do Offenses create the Option of the Corner 3?

By Chris Baker (@ChrisBakerAM) and Steve Shea (@SteveShea33) October 2, 2015   Last NBA season, the corner 3 accounted for only about 7% of the typical NBA offense.   That number varied from a high of 12.4% for the Houston Rockets to a low of 3.8% for the Minnesota Timberwolves. In spite of being such a […]