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Twitter Feeds and BBall_Ref

Posted by Sean Forman on September 13, 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

Posted by Neil Paine on September 13, 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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Layups: Z-Graphs

Posted by Neil Paine on September 10, 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

Posted by Neil Paine on September 10, 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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CBB Layups: The 50 Best Dunks in NCAA History

Posted by Neil Paine on September 9, 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.)

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Layups: Good 3-Point Shooters, Bad Free Throw Shooters

Posted by Neil Paine on September 8, 2010

With a hat tip to TrueHoop, here's a post from NBA Playbook on an interesting phenomenon to those of us obsessed with stats -- players who are good in one "pure" shooting metric and bad in another.

"Doing a little college basketball stuff, I came across Obi Muonelo, who plays for Oklahoma State.  Looking at his stats, I was amazed to see that Muonelo was only a 58.9% free throw shooter, despite being a 42.6% three point shooter.  I took my amazement to Twitter, and the great Tom Haberstroh let me know that this happens in the NBA too:

Happens in NBA too… http://3.ly/5GCg RT @SebastianPruiti How can someone who shots 42.6% from the 3 only shoot 58.9 FT%? http://3.ly/Q5mS

Tom’s list is an all-time single season list (and Bruce Bowen is featured a ton there), and it got me thinking.  I decided to use this past season and take a look at above average three point shooters with at least 100 attempts (35.6%) and try to figure out why they are below average free throw shooters (76.2%)."

I always felt that FT% is the best indicator of pure shooting form, since unless the player resorts to a gimmicky, Rick Barry-style approach, it's just him, his mechanics, and a basket 15 feet away. Meanwhile, 3P% can be influenced by so many more factors, depending on the player's style of play and/or role in the offense; for instance, look at Jason Kidd's magical transformation from a guy nicknamed "Ason" to a 43% 3-point shooter (!!!) in Dallas. FT% is far less dependent on contextual effects, which seems to make it a better indicator of a player's underlying skill.

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League Continuity

Posted by Neil Paine on September 7, 2010

Several times in the past, I've looked at what I called "Team Continuity" -- that is, the amount of minutes/possessions/etc. that a team gave to players who had been on their roster the year before. Today, I want to extend the concept to the NBA as a whole and examine league continuity, specifically the 5-year periods since the merger in which the league had the biggest influx of new talent.

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2010 Team USA Advanced Stats (Thru 9/1)

Posted by Neil Paine on September 2, 2010

Here's an update to the Team USA stats I posted on Tuesday, which includes yesterday's game (in addition to the entire group stage of the FIBA World Championships so far, and the USA's international tour leading up to the World Championships):

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Layups: Basketball Prospectus on Possible Summer Bargains

Posted by Neil Paine on September 2, 2010

Here's a post for fans of players who provide a lot of bang for the buck: over at Basketball Prospectus, Marc Normandin used their SCHOENE projection system to put together a list of this summer's best under-the-radar acquisitions (including underrated new Chicago Bull Ronnie Brewer).

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Winning Wasn’t Good Enough For These Coaches

Posted by Neil Paine on September 2, 2010

In sports, expectations can be a funny thing. While in the end no amount of losing is truly tolerated, some coaches can get away with sub-.500 seasons while others can be fired despite a reasonable amount of success, all because of front office expectations for the team. Take a football example -- Marty Schottenheimer, for instance. Schottenheimer was fired by the Browns in 1989 despite a 40-23 record (with 4 playoff appearances) in the previous 4 seasons, simply because Cleveland could never quite get over the hump in the postseason. Fast-forward 18 years, and Schottenheimer was canned by the Chargers for the very same reason, despite 3 straight winning seasons and a 14-2 record in 2006. In each case, the team was no more successful under Schottenheimer's replacement (perhaps revealing that management's expectations were too high in the first place), but that's of little consolation to the unemployed coach who, for the most part, did his job well.

So with this phenomenon in mind, here are ten NBA coaches for whom winning simply wasn't enough -- namely, the top 10 W-L seasons by coaches who were fired the following offseason:

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