All posts tagged Morey

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 […]

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 […]

What if your team played Moreyball?

By Stephen Shea, Ph.D. Finding the efficient shots The chart below presents the FG% and eFG% for the NBA in 2014-15 split according to six regions on the court.  (Stats are courtesy of and current through the January 26th games.) The restricted area and three point shots are the most efficient shots.  The shots […]

Is the mid-range jumper defeating Houston?

by Stephen Shea, Ph.D. Houston employs a now well-documented offensive style.  They look to take 3-pointers or drive to the basket and aim to avoid the mid-range jumper.   On paper, this looks like a viable strategy since the mid-range 2 typically provides the least return on investment.  Players generally shoot only mildly better from mid-range […]