Single game player contribution metrics in basketball

While in the NBA you will rarely see a game’s stats sheet mention metrics like PER and PIR, this is quiet the norm for leagues around the world. In fact, these metrics are used to award game MVPs in these leagues – and as you can imagine many times the results are strange to say… Read More Single game player contribution metrics in basketball

Not all free throws are created equal anymore … at the G-League

Yesterday the G-league announced that it will experiment with a new free throw rule in order to reduce the duration of the game. In particular, instead of awarding one, two or three free throws depending on the violation, it will award one free throw that will be worth one, two or three points respectively. Many… Read More Not all free throws are created equal anymore … at the G-League

Basketball Lineup Ratings: a Bayesian Adjustment Approach

Evaluating lineups has traditionally been one of the tasks that “analytics” are commissioned with in basketball (and other sports with frequent substitutions). 5, 3 and 2 men lineups are typically analyzed, with the latter two offering a larger sample to work with. The metric that is typically utilized to evaluate the performance of a lineup… Read More Basketball Lineup Ratings: a Bayesian Adjustment Approach

A Shooting Dictionary for Players and Teams in Basketball Champions League

Shooting charts have been an integral part of a basketball game’s summary for quiet some time now. Fans like visual information and can easily grasp it. However, if one wants to understand the shooting patterns of teams/players and how they differ (and how potentially this can drive pre-game scouting and in-game strategy) heuristic comparison of… Read More A Shooting Dictionary for Players and Teams in Basketball Champions League

Offensive and Defensive Efficiency in Basketball Champions League

A recent article described how the volume of three-point shots taken in the Basketball Champions League (BCL) has shown an increasing trend – in alignment with the trend in the NBA that has been observed for several years now and has coincided with the ascent of the analytics movement in the sport. The analytical explanation of… Read More Offensive and Defensive Efficiency in Basketball Champions League

Predicting the Basketball Champions League Tournament using Data

This year FIBA launched a new European professional competition for basketball clubs, namely, Basketball Champions League (BCL). A total of 52 teams from 31 European leagues participated in the inaugural season of BCL and the actual format of the competition can be found on the league’s site. Currently the competition is at the first round… Read More Predicting the Basketball Champions League Tournament using Data