All posts for the month November, 2017

What if your team had Houston’s shot selection?

Stephen Shea, Ph.D. November 21, 2017 There are 5 major shooting zones on an NBA court: the restricted area (at the hoop), the paint (but not in the restricted area), mid-range, corners, and above the break. Among the zones, the paint and mid-range shots are, by far, the least efficient. One team has leveraged this […]

Finding Sports Analytics’ Next Revelation

By Stephen Shea, Ph.D. November 21, 2017 Sports analytics begins with an investigation into the player or team actions that lead to wins. The quantifications of those activities are called “descriptive stats.” Understanding what happened in the past is valuable, but we might also want to predict what will happen in the future. And, not […]