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Layups: Friday Linkage

Posted by Neil Paine on March 25, 2011

Just a collection of links I found today:

  • Brewer’s D - At The Two-Man Game, Ian Levy digs into the analytics on Corey Brewer’s defensive impact.
  • Unlikeliest triple-doubles - Basketball Prospectus’ Kevin Pelton on Chuck Hayes’ place among unlikely triple-double accumulators.
  • Gerald Wallace, Blazer numbers - Portland Roundball Society’s Django Radonich-Camp looks at the data on Wallace as a Blazer.
  • Rondo, Celts offense slumping - SI’s Point Forward takes a statistical look at Rajon Rondo & the struggling C’s offense.
  • Isos hurt Hawks - Also at BBPro, Sebastian Pruiti uses film and Synergy data to critique the Atlanta offense.
  • Lazy RPI - A shortform way to calculate RPI, courtesy of The Basketball Distribution’s Nathan Walker.
  • Regularized APM updated - Advanced Stats for the NBA updated their ridge-regression adjusted +/- ratings today.
  • RAPM MVP - At The Basketball Distribution, Nathan Walker uses the new RAPM data to see who is truly most valuable.
  • Best of the Big 10, NBA style - Harlan Schreiber of HoopsAnalyst looks at the best historical starting fives from Big Ten schools.
  • Butler’s razor-thin margin - Carl Bialik of the Wall Street Journal on how, win or lose, Butler rarely plays games decided by a huge margin.
  • ‘Fresh Prince’ metrics - David Roher of the Harvard College Sports Analysis Collective looked at Will Smith’s usage rate from an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

8 Responses to “Layups: Friday Linkage”

  1. Jonathan Says:

    Fresh Prince metrics was lol.

  2. Julius Says:

    Thanks Neil, for this collection of highly different points of view to looking at the game. I don't comment often, but today I have to say I am particulary pleased with the link on Brewer's defensive impact. IMO there's a lot in there that appropriately summarize all the discussions I have read in this blog about +/-, subjectivity, and values of advanced stats, writen in a pleasant and open-minded scientific style.

  3. Greyberger Says:

    That's what you get when you combine Levy from Hickory High with the excellence that is Thet Woman Game. Double classy.

    As for Brewer, rather rude of the Mavericks if they signed him just to keep the other contenders from getting him. That's the main value of Brewer if you don't have a rotation spot for him.

  4. Matt Says:

    I may be reading this wrong, but don't the video analysis stats make Brewer look good and not average? Isn't .92 points allowed per possession pretty stellar? The author focuses on a couple bad categories, but I think the Mavs would take .92 on Kobe all day long.

  5. Greyberger Says:

    I don't have a synergy account, but from the Brewer piece I infer that 0.92 is about average for the category "guarded possessions". Teams score 1.04 points per possession on average, but that includes fast-breaks where there is no defender, free throw possessions, etc.

    .92 is about average for half-court efficiency when you remove FTs, apparently.

  6. Neil Paine Says:

    I think they may also be defining "possessions" in the pre-Dean Oliver sense, where an offensive rebound counts as a new possession.

  7. Sean Says:

    Celtics' are a mess right now on offense, absolutely. And Shaq's return is more and more in doubt. The entire dynamic in the East has turned.

  8. Ian Says:

    Not sure where to put this comment, but I'm very pleased to see box scores from the 1985-86 season up!