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Interesting New Basketball Analysis

Now, as you may have picked up by the nature of some of my blog posts, I’m a big fan of statistics, I try not to be to technical with them but I definitely think they are very useful for determining a players skill, utility or value on a team. When I saw this new analysis, I new I had to share it.

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I’ll let the article explain, but basically, a statistician and basketball fan at a data visualization has taken the box score of hundreds of basketballers and determined 13 new positions which better determine a players play style on the court, and help coaching staff to better organize their playbooks and rosters. By making sure to have players of all specific spots, a team can better organize the team and get the best out of their roster.

Its interesting to see how players such as Rajon Rondo and Shane Battier have so much in common whereas Derrick Rose and Tony Parker, both Point Guard players, are miles apart.

If I were to categorize myself to one of these play styles, I would have to split between ‘Scoring Rebounder’ and ‘3-point Rebounder’. Its probably a bit late for NBA 2K13, but I would love to see this sort of category when creating a ‘my player’ and for roster-building purposes in a ‘season’ game mode in future installments of the NBA 2K franchise.


About Jack Neubecker

Jack Neubecker is a Science/Mathematics student with a fascination for how analytics and statistics informs decision-making in professional sports. In an abusive relationship with the Los Angeles Clippers, deals with the pain through an affair with the Dallas Mavericks and Kristaps Porzingis. Host, producer and writer for the Point Forward NBA Podcast. When playing games of pickup, Jack can post you up before looking for the fadeaway or the dream-shake, size you up on the perimeter or facilitate in a pinch. Think a combination of Dirk Nowitzki and Rudy Gay. Thing-Doer. Inventor of the computer, penicillin, lying and irony. Twitter: @jackneubecker

One comment on “Interesting New Basketball Analysis

  1. Jack Neubecker
    September 9, 2012

    Reblogged this on The Skeptical Teenager and commented:

    I just wrote this article at the blog I co-author, seeing its got math all over it, I thought you all would enjoy it.

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