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John Henson was Milwaukee’s best big man defender last season and the one with the most room to grow

John Henson was Milwaukee’s best big man defender last season and the one with the most room to grow

| May 29, 2014 | Reply

Share Be prepared to see a lot of posts like this one, fellow internet travelers. Since I write a blog, it’s almost required that I find something interesting someone else did and see how it applies to the team that I cover. What’s great about our current internet culture is how many people do really [...]

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Arbitrarily graded: John Hammond’s draft picks

Arbitrarily graded: John Hammond’s draft picks

| May 28, 2014 | 3 Replies

ShareWe started reviewing John Hammond’s history as the general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks as it relates to the NBA draft on Tuesday. Today, we dig in deeper and analyze how each of his picks performed related to players selected around them and players historically picked in that draft slot. (A note on the charts: The first [...]

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You’ll Never Believe the One Crazy Trick Your Subpar NBA Team Could Use to Become a Contender

You’ll Never Believe the One Crazy Trick Your Subpar NBA Team Could Use to Become a Contender

| May 6, 2014 | 7 Replies

ShareFive, ten, thirty years ago, the world was a simpler place. Titles were titles, tidy encapsulations of stories. When the lead story of a newspaper read, “British Troops Encircle Capital”, the words summed up an entire story in four words. Now, thanks to Upworthy, Buzzfeed, Distractify and the like, titles have been replaced with nebulous mini-paragraphs that [...]

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Individual NBA player points allowed per possession fits an approximate normal distribution

Individual NBA player points allowed per possession fits an approximate normal distribution

| March 25, 2014 | 2 Replies

ShareWhen you make a bar graph of a numeric variable against the frequency with which certain values show up, the normal distribution (i.e., bell curve) shows up in a lot of places. If you graphed variables like the height of adult males in the U.S., or home sales prices in a given zip code for [...]

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The Brandon Knight Rises

The Brandon Knight Rises

| March 10, 2014 | 23 Replies

Share Things did not look good for Brandon Knight. Acquired from the Detroit Pistons in July for Brandon Jennings, Knight was determined to make a strong first impression to fans in Milwaukee. Instead, he strained his hamstring in the first quarter of the season opener in New York and missed the Bucks’ next four games. [...]

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Second half success, the defense of Nate Wolters and other Bucks thoughts

Second half success, the defense of Nate Wolters and other Bucks thoughts

| February 28, 2014 | 6 Replies

Share1) Are the Bucks a little bit too good for their own good?   In the 52 games prior to the All-Star break, the Bucks scored 96.5 points per 100 possessions, and they yielded 106.6 over the same interval on defense.  That’s a net of -10.1 points per 100 possessions. Per 100 possessions in the five games [...]

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94% of Gary Neal’s shots are jumpers and other shot type stats

94% of Gary Neal’s shots are jumpers and other shot type stats

| February 10, 2014 | 7 Replies

ShareIt’s 5:30 AM on Saturday morning. The sun won’t be up for another hour and a half in Milwaukee. I’m sitting at a desk next to a window that doubles as an air conditioner in the winter. When I glance outside I see cars that haven’t been moved in days in the parking lot outside [...]

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Five interesting on/off splits for Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks

Five interesting on/off splits for Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks

| January 21, 2014 | 13 Replies

ShareThe Bucks have lost nine consecutive games and that is not a fun experience for the team’s fans — even the ones who want the team to have the greatest number of ping-pong balls in the NBA lottery. They could be losing by 4 points instead of 24, or they could play to a record [...]

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Sifting through SportVU: Using Bucks’ data to find the strengths and weaknesses of a team under construction

Sifting through SportVU: Using Bucks’ data to find the strengths and weaknesses of a team under construction

| January 9, 2014 | 17 Replies

ShareTwo months ago, we took our first glance at the new SportVU player tracking data provided by NBA.com/Stats. Using an extremely small sample size of six games, we saw that rookie Nate Wolters was passing well, limiting his turnovers and struggling to score on the drive. Zaza Pachulia was getting a star-level number of touches at [...]

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