Statgeekery

Statsy type stuff.

Team Factors and Possessions: Describing a Team’s Strengths and Weaknesses

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Having looked at the style and value of a team’s performance, today I’m going to move on to describing the substance of a team’s strengths and weaknesses that contribute to success (or failure)....

Describing Team Styles

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Returning to the UConn’s big victory over Stanford, rhythm and synergy played a major role in flow of the game, if we believe that the words of commentators, coaches, and players were more than...

Putting Games in Perspective with Model-Estimated Value: UConn Sets a Standard for Excellence

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Just as UConn coach Geno Auriemma pushed former point guard Jennifer Rizzotti, the question that is often difficult to answer by looking at wins and final scores is how well a team played on a...

Illuminating the Black Box: Using Statistics to Understand Women's College Basketball

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Basketball statistics should be used to complement, not replace, the subjective beauty of games like basketball. So the question is: what details should we be looking to illuminate with the...

Describing Point Guard Styles

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Given that I’ve made posts this week about San Antonio point guard Becky Hammon, Atlanta point guard Shalee Lehning, and a game that featured Washington point guard Lindsey Harding, you probably...

The (Tentative) Rethinking Basketball Rookie Ranking Framework

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This is my explanation of how I created my first rookie rankings this season. Those rankings can be found here.I return to a January 2008 article by Bradford Doolittle at Basketball Prospectus,...

Finding the formula for team chemistry…or

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A few weeks ago, PT from the Pleasant Dreams blog commented that "chemistry" didn’t seem like quite the right word to describe what I’m looking at since that implies that players don’t get along...

Visualizing The WNBA’s Top Player Combinations: The Player Styles Spectrum

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David Sparks at the Arbitrarian blog has created a novel graphical visualization of WNBA playing styles, which I think is a step forward in player analysis. Hopefully, it enables a deeper analysis...

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