All posts tagged Golden State

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 […]

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 […]

The Defensive 3-Point Revolution

By Chris Baker (@ChrisBakerAM) and Steve Shea (@SteveShea33) September 23, 2016 If the city of Boston were redesigned from scratch tomorrow, no sane person would weave the confounding knot of one-way roads that tangle the city today. If considered in a bubble, coaching strategies shortly after the introduction of the 3-point line made as much […]

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 […]