All posts tagged mid-range

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 […]

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 […]

Introducing Moreyball Efficiency or Why the Warriors are Favorites to Win it All

By Stephen Shea, Ph.D. February 11, 2015 The NBA is trending towards less shots from mid-range.  The following chart (taken from a previous post) provides the simple answer why.  Restricted area and 3-point shots are far more efficient than the 2-point shots in-between. The strategy of designing an offense to generate a lower proportion of […]

More mid-range and less corner 3s; does it identify the league’s least analytically savvy?

By Stephen Shea, Ph.D. Which NBA teams are the least analytically savvy?  This is a hard question to answer.  To say a team is not analytically savvy suggests that they form their strategies (in roster construction, cap management, scouting, coaching, etc.) without serious consideration of analytics.  The issue in assessing a team’s use of analytics […]