All posts tagged shot selection

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 […]

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Is the once innovative Spurs offense now outdated?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 […]

Visualizing Player Shot Selection and Efficiency

By Stephen Shea (@SteveShea33) February 16, 2017 Good teams need high-volume scorers—players that can put up more than 20 points a night.  Of course, players can arrive at their points in a variety of ways.  For example, Giannis Antetokounmpo relies heavily on his ability to get to the hoop, while Steph Curry will happily launch […]