How progressive is your NBA team’s offense?

By Stephen Shea, Ph.D. (@SteveShea33) July 17, 2017 NBA offenses are evolving. The increased reliance on 3-point shooting gets the most fanfare, but there is more to it than that. Teams are restructuring lineups and redesigning plays in hopes of improving all facets of shot selection, counterattacking with speed, and moving the ball faster. When […]

Is the once innovative Spurs offense now outdated?

By Steve Shea (@SteveShea33) July 7, 2017 He’s a genius, the NBA’s best coach in recent history hands down. Since Gregg Popovich’s first full season as San Antonio’s head coach, 1997-98, the Spurs have had 20 consecutive playoff appearances, a regular-season record of 1133-459 (a .712 win %), and won 5 titles. One of the […]

Do analytics deserve a seat at the table?

By Steve Shea (@SteveShea33) June 30, 2017 Often, professional sports organizations employ the “go-for” model for incorporating analytics. Picture a group of executives seated around a large table deciding what to do for lunch. They may toss around a couple options—Italian or Chinese—before bickering on whether they should order individual entrees or share crowd-sized portions.  […]

Draft Day!

June 22, 2017 By Steve Shea (@SteveShea33) College Prospect Ratings (CPR) are a formula meant to approximate a college player’s pro potential. It’s based on college box score production, and so, it is limited in its ability to assess certain elements of a player’s game (and certainly, his character). Still, it’s been successful in its […]