All posts for the month February, 2017

Detroit’s Best Offensive Weapon Comes Off the Bench; Brilliant or Foolish?

By Stephen Shea, Ph.D. (@SteveShea33) February 26, 2017 On Thursday, February 23, in a matchup against the 24 win and 33 loss Charlotte Hornets, the Pistons rolled out their now usual starting lineup of Reggie Jackson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Jon Leuer, Marcus Morris, and the big man, Andre Drummond. Charlotte was the better team early.  They […]

Visualizing Player Shot Selection and Efficiency

By Stephen Shea (@SteveShea33) February 16, 2017 Good teams need high-volume scorers—players that can put up more than 20 points a night.  Of course, players can arrive at their points in a variety of ways.  For example, Giannis Antetokounmpo relies heavily on his ability to get to the hoop, while Steph Curry will happily launch […]

Individual Defensive Ratings; Draymond, Embiid and Giannis On Top

By Stephen Shea, (@SteveShea33) February 6, 2017 Historically, it has been far more difficult to quantify defensive performance than offensive production.  However, with recent improvements in data gathering, most notably the NBA’s adoption of SportVU’s spatial-tracking system, there is hope that analytics can begin to tackle this problem. In a previous post, we presented Perimeter […]

Team Perimeter Defense; Memphis and Golden State On Top

By Stephen Shea (@SteveShea33) February 2, 2017 We recently released a metric for individual perimeter defense (or at least our first attempt at one with modern data).  The purpose of this post is to examine how this metric, Perimeter Defense Rating (PDR), behaves at the team level. We ran the formula for each team as […]