Statsy type stuff.
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 league should use effective field goal percentage.
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 what their potential needs are. Part of that process involved making WNBA style projections for rookies coming from NCAA basketball based on college statistics.
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 win (MC/MW) as a means of evaluating decision-making.
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 "creation ratios" suggest that they're among the best in the league.
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?
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 - every stathead had his favorite metric - is the Noll-Scully Measure.
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 a third: Regularized Adjusted Plus/Minus (RAPM).
A look at the concept of "possessions" vs. "plays".
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. After the game, Storm coach Brian Agler commented on the team's ball movement, noting that they finished the game with 24 assists, partially a result of the Sky's defensive strategy.
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 assertions about a league pecking order right now after 2 to 4 games would be almost entirely arbitrary. So how are teams trying to come together?
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). Once a team’s strengths and weaknesses are established, it’s also possible to look at each individual’s contribution to those strengths and weaknesses.
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 empty rhetoric. The question is how to measure those nebulous concepts in a way that represents what one might observe.