Nov 30 2008

Practical Unit vs. Unit Efficiency Ratings

Tweet In my last post I looked at theoretical unit vs. unit efficiency ratings. Now I will take a more practical look at calculating these ratings. In the theoretical case we made the assumption that we could know for sure a 5-player unit’s shot distribution, 2pt and 3pt shooting percentages, and turnover and rebounding rates. [...]

Nov 24 2008

Theoretical Unit vs. Unit Efficiency Ratings

Tweet So lets say you visit your local magic shop and find a device that will magically give you the true probabilities associated with a 5-player unit’s offensive and defensive performance. You know, the important probabilities associated with things like offensive and defensive field goal percentages, rebounding percentages, and turnover rates. As cool as it [...]

Aug 30 2008

Tracking the 2008 NBA Playoffs: What the Data Represents

Tweet In my post where I detail my data collection goals for the 2008 NBA playoffs, I spell out the sort of data that I’m tracking and adding to the play-by-play. This post will expand on that and describe exactly what you’ll see in the data. First, a quick reminder of the four types of [...]

Aug 21 2008

Data Pet Peeve #1: Loose Ball Fouls & Rebounds

Tweet I’m always running into recurring issues with existing basketball data that cause me exercise my obsessive compulsiveness, so I’m going to start keeping track of those issues here. If they frustrate you just as much as they frustrate me then maybe someone will do something about it one day. Or not. First on the [...]