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NBA Shot Selection and Flip Saunders

By Stephen Shea, Ph.D. (@SteveShea33) August 3, 2015 NBA Shot Selection is Evolving Here, shot selection will refer to the location on the court of each shot.  Other elements of shot selection (such as how open the player was or how much time was left on the shot clock) are also important, but will not […]

Give LeBron Space not Size

By Stephen Shea, Ph.D. (@SteveShea33) Prior to the start of the Finals, I stressed how important it would be for Cleveland to find ways to surround LeBron with 3 perimeter shooters.  I suggested that Tristan Thompson’s presence, and in particular, his role as the power forward next to Timofey Mozgov created serious offensive floor spacing […]

Hassan Whiteside and College Prospect Rating (CPR)

By Stephen Shea, Ph.D. February 25, 2015 Hassan Whiteside? When the 2014-15 season began, nobody was talking about Hassan Whiteside.  The 2010 second round pick had played a total of 111 minutes in the NBA, and had spent the last two seasons completely out of the league.  So, where was Whiteside and what was he […]

Please stop characterizing analytics as a misuse of simple statistics

By Stephen Shea, Ph.D. February 13, 2015 It has now been several days since Barkley went on his anti-analytics rant on TNT.  In case you missed it, among other comments, he referred to Houston General Manager Daryl Morey as “one of those idiots who believes in analytics” and suggested that the use of analytics in […]