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Archive for February, 2011

Who Are the Most Similar Players to This Year’s All-Stars?

19th February 2011

Reading yesterday about Dave Duerson's tragic passing made me think about the player similarity system he inspired at PFR, and that in turn caused me to remember a similar system I concocted for basketball players.

Using the methodology I outlined, who are the most comparable players to this year's All-Stars in terms of career quality and shape (through their current age)?

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Posted in All-Star Game, History, Insane ideas, Just For Fun, Statgeekery, Totally Useless, Win Shares | 10 Comments »

BBR Rankings: Schedule-Adjusted Offensive and Defensive Ratings (February 18, 2011)

18th February 2011

2010-11 NBA power rankings through the games played on February 17, 2011:

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Posted in BBR Rankings, SRS, Statgeekery | 12 Comments »

NY Times: Sizing Up the All-Stars

17th February 2011

The title says it all:

Keeping Score: Sizing Up the All-Stars

Look for it in tomorrow's print edition as well.

Posted in NY Times | 3 Comments »

‘Black Holes’, Position-by-Position

17th February 2011

The chart on this post about non-passing guards was so popular, I decided to run it for players at all positions (minimum 30 MPG):

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Posted in Data Dump, Statgeekery | 25 Comments »

More Data on Postseason Series & Regular-Season Records

16th February 2011

Prompted by some questions in the comments of Monday's post about the playoff predictivity of regular-season W-L vs. elite teams, here's some more raw data on every 2nd-round or later series since the merger:

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Posted in Data Dump, History, Playoffs | 33 Comments »

Layups: The ‘Black Hole Atlas’

15th February 2011

How in the cosmos did I miss this the first time around?

Two weeks ago, while I was busy with Super Bowl/Hall of Fame work at PFR, SBNation's Tom Ziller posted a story -- and an awesome graphic -- about the biggest "black holes" (players who never pass) in the NBA.

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Posted in Analysis, Just For Fun, Layups, Statgeekery | 21 Comments »

Layups: The NBA’s Greatest Shots

14th February 2011

From Hoopism, makers of the dunk contest video library and various other neat NBA visualizations, comes an extremely cool Valentine's Day gift for b-ball aficionados:

NBA’s Greatest Shots – Court Location & Video

Posted in History, Holidays, Insane ideas, Just For Fun, Layups, No Math Required, YouTube Finds | 2 Comments »

How Telling Is a Team’s Record vs. Elite Teams?

14th February 2011

Despite their high overall marks, apparently neither the Lakers nor the Heat can beat the league's other so-called "elite" teams. Miami is just 6-9 this season against teams in the top 10 in W-L%, and 0-6 against top-5 teams. The Lakers are barely better, going 6-7 vs. top-10 squads and 2-6 against the top 5. Here's a summary of the other teams in the top 10 by either W-L% or point differential:

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Posted in Analysis, History, Playoffs, Statgeekery | 41 Comments »

Mini-Mailbag: MVP Winners, Team Winning %, & SRS

11th February 2011

Alex Sonty, who writes ChicagoNow's Load O' Bull blog, has been paying close attention to Henry Abbott's TrueHoop posts about Derrick Rose -- specifically, this post about past MVP winners and their teams' rankings in wins. Henry found that team wins were highly correlated with MVP voting, to the point that 19 of the last 20 MVPs came from a team with a top-3 record. This of course is bad news for Rose, as the Bulls are 6th in winning % at the moment.

But Alex was wondering how past winners stack up in a schedule-adjusted margin-of-victory based metric like the Simple Rating System, where the Bulls are 5th. So here's the master list -- every MVP winner, with their team's rank in both WPct and SRS:

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Posted in Analysis, Awards, BBR Mailbag, History, SRS | 14 Comments »

BBR Rankings: Schedule-Adjusted Offensive and Defensive Ratings (February 11, 2011)

11th February 2011

2010-11 NBA power rankings through the games played on February 10, 2011:

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