Statsy type stuff.

2013 WNBA Player Efficiency Ratings (PER)


Here are the 2013 WNBA Player Efficiency Ratings, or PER. PER was created by basketball statistician John Hollinger, as a metric that attempts to combine all of a player's contributions on the...

Mystics Magic: Washington supreme in close games


Looking at games decided by five points or less in the 2013 season, Washington stands out among the crowd.

WNBA power rankings: Lynx, Sparks atop league


In this week's weekly statistical look around the league, we look at efficiency differentials and the early pecking order in the league.


Should the WNBA start using effective FG%?

Despite the 3-point shot being used at all levels for over two and a half decades, the WNBA (and NBA) still use the FG% statistic which counts 2 point & 3 point shots equally. To rectify this, the...

WNBA point guard prospects: 2001-2013


A sampling of WNBA point guard prospects from 2001-2013.

2013 WNBA preview primer


Over the past few years I've laid out a framework of statistics that I plan to use for team-by-team previews of the WNBA season. There will be a few tweaks in how I've conceptualized things this...

What makes a successful mid-major draft prospect?

The past five years have been cruel to mid-major women's basketball players trying to make the WNBA. So we wonder, what makes a successful mid-major WNBA draft prospect?

Pac-12 preview statistics framework


Each year before conference play begins, I like to take stock of where each team stands statistically so I'm ready for what's ahead. In advance of sharing all those numbers, the following is just a...

What makes for a successful WNBA Draft prospect?


With James Bowman taking a look at the top women's college basketball programs this week, I'm going to start officially looking ahead to the 2013 WNBA Draft for the remainder of the week.

Top 100 Programs in DI women's BB: #26-40


Swish Appeal's list of the top programs in Division I women's basketball teams #26-40 is revealed with a look at schedule-making and the RPI.


Efficiency In The World Of Basketball As 'Effective Damage Per Second' In World Of Warcraft


For a number of analyses on WNBA awards, I've used a metric called Valuable Contributions Ratio (VCR) created by David Sparks. I've described why it's useful to measure the value of rookies and m...

Friday Night Open Thread: Predictions For Tonight's Five Games With NSR's Simulator


With five games on the schedule tonight (all broadcast on WNBA LiveAccess), we'll have the standard links and schedule format for tonight's open thread. But Ed Bemiss of National Sports Rankings...

A Statistical Framework For Team Building

Updated on 5/22/13.

WNBA Rookie Similarity Ratings: Style Vs. Quality


Over the weekend I posted a look at each team's training camp rosters by SPI player styles as a framework for getting a sense of how both Eastern and Western Conference teams are structured and...

How much does a win in women's college basketball cost?


As anyone who follows women's basketball for even a little while knows, big budgets do not necessarily lead to big wins. This leads to calculating something called the marginal cost per marginal...

Purity, Truth, and WNBA Point Guards

Los Angeles Sparks veteran Ticha Penicheiro has been a model of point guard "purity" during her career, but we can probably forgive Seattle Storm point guard Sue Bird for her more "impure"...

Who are the best 'shot creators' in the WNBA?


Neither Los Angeles Sparks point guard Ticha Penicheiro nor Phoenix Mercury point guard Temeka Johnson are likely to spring to mind when people think of the WNBA's best shot creators, but their...

The Subtle Value Of Great Point Guards: Why Potential Assists Matter


For all the emphasis on scoring points, being able to perform that function of a ball handler well has value that is easily overlooked. So just how valuable are point guards?

Ranking the Lynx, Part II


As someone who never got a chance to see the great teams of the Houston Comets or the Minnesota Lynx, I've always been interested in which teams in the WNBA were the best ever. My favorite method -...

Plus-Minus: A Primer & The Value Of Four-Year WNBA Regularized Adjusted Plus-Minus (RAPM)


There are two forms of plus/minus currently publicly available to WNBA fans: the type that shows up in the boxscore and "net plus/minus" often used for to evaluate player seasons. Here we introduce...

Pre-game at the Rock: The Formula For 'Possessions'


A look at the concept of "possessions" vs. "plays".

Swish Appeal Statistics Glossary


A list of some of the statistics we use most often for reference.

Statistical Summary for Seattle's best: Where team synergy is sweeter than revenge


As fulfilling as it was to watch the Storm avenge their first loss of the season in Chicago, it was even sweeter as a fan of the game to watch a quarter in which a team executed an offense so well....

Updated Rookie Ranking Framework


Based upon the few years of observation and the statistical work of others, I've came up with the following logic for evaluating rookie performance last year. Rookie Rankings: A Resolution for...

Fun With Age Curves


It would be a great thing if we knew how much "future value" a player had. This is why being a GM is hard; ofttimes you find yourself on the wrong side of history. Age curves and other predictive...

Early season analysis: How are WNBA teams approaching the process of "forming chemistry"?


Normally at this time of the week I would write about rookie rankings or do an analysis of which teams are hot and not. However, with most teams still coming together in very significant ways any...

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