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Archive for September, 2010

Best Offensive and Defensive Coaches

21st September 2010

When I posted last month about the all-time players who played for the best offensive and defensive teams in NBA history, there was a common theme among a number of the names at the top of each list: namely, they all played for a certain coach, or under a certain scheme. It only makes sense, then, to do the same study for coaches, and determine the guys who have called the shots for the top offenses and defenses of all time (or at least, since 1951).

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Posted in Analysis, Coaches, History, Statgeekery | 14 Comments »

Layups: Apparently Hipsters Love Classic NBA Jerseys, Too

20th September 2010

In case you missed it, Sunday's New York Times featured a fashion & style story relevant to the basketball set, an Adam Wilson piece centering on 20-something hipsters whose outfits of choice include the jerseys of 1990s-era NBA players. A few of the players paid homage to on the streets of NYC:  Mark Price, Ed O'Bannon, Glen Rice, Isaiah Rider, Jerry Stackhouse, and Michael Jordan (#45 variety, naturally).

Of course, no discussion of ironic vintage NBA apparel would be complete without also acknowledging the legendary Straight Cash Homey Dot Net, who for more than three years has been posting a collection of the most ridiculous jerseys in captivity. The majority of the people in their photos lack the self-awareness about jersey selection that the East Village hipsters have, but then again, when you're sporting an Isaac Austin jersey, does the level of irony with which you wear it really matter?

Posted in Just For Fun, Layups, Uniforms | 9 Comments »

Hard-Driving New Teammates

17th September 2010

One common observation about the new-look Miami Heat goes something like this:

  • Dwyane Wade is a great perimeter player who makes his living attacking the basket. He's unstoppable when he drives into the lane, but not as good when you force him to shoot a jump shot.
  • LeBron James is also a great perimeter player who makes his living attacking the basket. He, too, is unstoppable when he drives into the lane, but not as good when you force him to shoot a jump shot.
  • Won't this redundancy in skills make the Heat easier to defend?

If only we could quantify this dilemma, find similar situations in the past where two hard-driving teammates joined forces, and see if their offenses were as potent as expected...

Oh, wait, we can.

Enter good old Free Throw Rate (FTA/FGA). Because the majority of fouls are assessed on interior shooting attempts and/or aggressive offensive plays, FTR is actually a pretty good indicator of where a player likes to operate from on offense. Players like Glen Rice and Dennis Scott were known for their low FTRs because they took a ton of perimeter jumpers, shots on which a foul would land you in the serious doghouse. And at the other end of the spectrum there's Reggie Evans, whose legendary FTRs tell the story of a player who rarely attempts a shot outside of point-blank range. Obviously there are some players who are exceptions to this rule, but the majority of players' inside-outside tendencies can be described simply by looking at FTA/FGA.

So that should be the starting point in examining the issue of hard-driving teammates. The next step is to compare everyone's FTR to some universal standard, and to do that I borrowed this method from PFR's Doug Drinen. I don't want to bore you with the details, but it basically compares everyone to the league average; 100 is average, numbers greater than 100 mean the player attacks the rim more than the average player, and numbers under 100 mean the player is less aggressive than the average player. The theory is that if we just look at these "FTR Index" numbers for perimeter players (PG, SG, SF), we can find players who drove to the basket the most, which best describes LeBron and D-Wade's playing style.

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Posted in Analysis, History, Season Preview, Statgeekery | 19 Comments »

Layups: The Answer to China?

15th September 2010

Philly.com: Iverson to China Possible?

"We're very astonished, to say the least, that not one team has contacted us with any interest," Moore told AP. "I just don't understand it. What has Allen Iverson done to not warrant interest in him?"

File this under, The Player is Always the Last to Know.

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Layups: Artis Gilmore Has a Blog

14th September 2010

If you're a longtime reader of this blog, you know that Artis Gilmore is always the answer to at least one of our recurring questions: "Who is the very best (eligible) basketball player in history that isn't in the Hall of Fame?" In fact, sometimes it seems like we should just retire #6 on that Keltner List questionnaire, because it doesn't matter which player we're looking at... unless you're Artis Gilmore, the answer is "no". Gilmore owns #6.

And thanks to a hat-tip-worthy link by TrueHoop, I learned today that the A-Train has a blog, where he gives his perspective on various basketball topics (including an offer last week to help Greg Oden with his game). I was also pleasantly surprised to see a number of guest posts lobbying for Gilmore to be in the HoF, which we couldn't be more in favor of here at BBR.

So here's to our old favorite Artis Gilmore, one of the great centers of all-time and a player who, with the 6th-most combined ABA/NBA Win Shares of all time, desperately needs to be enshrined in Springfield.

Posted in Hall of Fame, Just For Fun, Layups | 28 Comments »

Twitter Feeds and BBall_Ref

13th September 2010

Twitter recently changed the way you could update your tweets from blogs and other settings. We are still working out the kinks on our end and hope to have this back up and running soon.

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Team USA World Championship Extravaganza

13th September 2010

Team USA capped off a strong tournament yesterday by defeating host nation Turkey 81-64 in the championship game of the 2010 FIBA Worlds, and I'm going to cap off our coverage with the final U.S. advanced stats from the tourney:
Basic Stats

Player G Min FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA ORB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Kevin Durant 9 254 74 133 26 57 31 34 3 55 16 13 6 18 11 205
Chauncey Billups 9 208 25 64 14 44 24 28 2 17 28 11 0 9 22 88
Derrick Rose 9 207 27 59 5 18 6 12 3 19 29 11 3 14 12 65
Lamar Odom 9 198 28 52 3 4 5 10 24 69 4 5 6 9 22 64
Russell Westbrook 9 175 29 62 3 7 21 25 14 25 23 12 4 16 12 82
Andre Iguodala 9 170 20 34 2 7 9 19 18 41 17 16 0 13 21 51
Eric Gordon 9 158 27 59 19 42 4 5 1 14 5 8 2 6 14 77
Rudy Gay 9 121 22 45 6 19 13 18 9 26 7 9 8 4 16 63
Stephen Curry 8 85 14 31 7 19 2 2 3 11 17 4 0 8 11 37
Kevin Love 9 80 20 35 4 9 7 9 16 44 7 3 1 7 8 51
Tyson Chandler 9 76 9 14 0 0 5 10 12 24 4 2 5 2 16 23
Danny Granger 7 68 12 30 3 13 2 4 2 6 7 1 1 1 6 29
USA 9 1800 307 618 92 239 129 176 117 375 164 95 36 108 171 835
Opponents 9 1800 217 569 66 219 114 173 111 324 101 53 18 146 172 614

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Posted in Analysis, History, International Basketball, Statgeekery | 12 Comments »

Layups: Z-Graphs

10th September 2010

A while ago, I posted a link to Drew Cannon's Basketball Prospectus piece on new positional designations, and it got some good conversation flowing about what positions and roles mean to a 5-man unit. Well, here's another take on team-building from a positional/skills perspective, courtesy of Fanhouse's Tom Ziller and Bethlehem Shoals. In particular, this is a very interesting way to visualize player skills (on a continuum from "big-man" to "point guard") and how they may mesh together as a team, especially in the sense that there are certain aspects of the game that need to be covered by somebody in every unit.

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USA vs. Lithuania Advanced Stat Preview

10th September 2010

2010 FIBA World Championship Semifinals
USA vs. Lithuania
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Istanbul, Turkey

United States of America USA

Record: 7-0
Coach: Mike Krzyzewski
Offensive Rating: 126.1
Defensive Rating: 90.2

Basic Stats

Player GP Min FG FGA 3FG FGA FT FTA OR TR Ast Stl Blk TO PF Pts
K. Durant 7 177 50 91 14 32 25 27 2 41 14 12 4 14 9 139
C. Billups 7 156 24 51 13 34 20 24 2 12 23 8 0 7 14 81
E. Gordon 7 127 26 49 18 35 4 5 1 9 2 6 1 4 12 74
R. Westbrook 7 127 22 45 1 3 12 16 7 12 17 10 2 11 6 57
D. Rose 7 170 23 44 5 13 6 11 2 16 20 10 3 11 9 57
R. Gay 7 97 18 38 6 18 13 18 8 20 7 9 7 3 13 55
K. Love 7 71 18 31 4 8 5 7 14 40 7 3 0 6 8 45
D. Granger 5 66 12 29 3 12 2 4 2 6 7 1 1 1 6 29
A. Iguodala 7 119 15 26 2 6 6 11 13 32 12 12 0 10 15 38
S. Curry 6 76 12 28 5 17 2 2 3 11 17 4 0 8 10 31
L. Odom 7 142 15 33 2 3 4 7 17 48 3 3 3 8 16 36
T. Chandler 7 72 9 14 0 0 5 10 12 24 4 2 5 2 15 23
Team GP Min FG FGA 3FG FGA FT FTA OR TR Ast Stl Blk TO PF Pts
USA 7 1400 244 479 73 181 104 142 90 288 133 80 26 86 133 665
Opponents 7 1400 170 444 48 173 88 135 91 251 79 41 14 118 138 476

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Posted in Data Dump, International Basketball, Statgeekery | 11 Comments »

CBB Layups: The 50 Best Dunks in NCAA History

9th September 2010

Via Yahoo's The Dagger college hoops blog, here's a countdown from YouTubers Mixst311 and Dawg5, featuring the 50 sickest slams in NCAA basketball history:

Send it in, Jerome!!!

(A Special Hat Tip goes to my buddy Brent for the link.)

Posted in Layups, NCAA, No Math Required, YouTube Finds | 4 Comments »