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Category: Stats and Stuff

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

Share When 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 [...]

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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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Struggles inside and success outside: The Bucks shot charts through nine games

Struggles inside and success outside: The Bucks shot charts through nine games

| November 18, 2013 | 8 Replies

ShareGary Neal If Gary Neal was Icarus, and the Sun was orange, metal, hollow and hanging ten feet in the air, then this shot chart would make all of the sense. Neal is converting a shaky 30.9% of his two-point attempts, but sits second (54.8%) on the NBA’s three-point accuracy leaderboard — less than a percent [...]

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Wolters drives, Pachulia at the elbow, Udoh as a rebounder and more fun with SportVU data

Wolters drives, Pachulia at the elbow, Udoh as a rebounder and more fun with SportVU data

| November 15, 2013 | 2 Replies

ShareIf stats never lie, then SportVU player tracking data ought to be the keepers of truth. Thanks to NBA.com/Stats, some data that were only accessible by NBA teams subscribing to STATS’ SportVU are now available to the public. Per its website, SportVU’s data revolve around four essential measures: speed, distance, player separation and ball possession. [...]

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Which players on the Bucks get dunks?

Which players on the Bucks get dunks?

| October 21, 2013 | 2 Replies

ShareWatching Giannis Antetokounmpo deposit three Go-Go Gadget dunks over the past two preseason games has me wondering:  Does this Bucks team have more dunk potential than last year’s squad?  With 11 new faces, including adept dunker Antetokounmpo, might this team convert a significantly increased number of dunks?  The shot has two big advantages over other [...]

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