basketball

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The Warriors’ Championship Path

As expected, this time, the Golden State Warriors won the championship last night. Go Dubs. Tags: basketball, sports, Warriors

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LeBron James passed Michael Jordan in playoff points

As a Golden State Warriors fan, I am obligated to dislike LeBron James, but there is no denying that he is a great basketball player. James recently passed Michael Jordan for playoff points with number 5,995, and he’s got plenty left in the tank it seems. Adam Pearce for The New York Times shows the point trajectory with a return of the scrolling visualization. Tags: basketball, New York Times, sports

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Finding the biggest busts and steals from NBA drafts past

Picking basketball players for a professional team is no easy task. College and high school players picked high in the draft might end up average in the NBA, and those picked low might actually be fine professional players. Russell Goldenberg for Polygraph dives into 20 years of NBA draft picks to find the biggest busts, the biggest steals, and convergence to the mean. Tags: basketball, Polygraph, sports

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Stephen Curry 3-point record ridiculousness

Stephen Curry made 402 three-pointers this regular season, which is ridiculous. Gregor Aisch and Kevin Quealy put the record into context showing just how much far ahead of others Curry was. No one has even made at least 300 three-pointers. Tags: basketball, New York Times, Stephen Curry

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Every Kobe Bryant shot charted

In celebration of Kobe Bryant’s final game, the Los Angeles Times charted all 30,699 field goals threw up over his twenty-year career. A tour feature takes you through some of Bryant’s most significant shots, and an exploration mode lets you filter down to the shots you’re interested in, like buzzer beaters, jump shots, or just makes. Tags: basketball, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Times

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Stephen Curry statistical dominance

Robert O’Connell for the Atlantic ponders basketball analytics and the rise of Stephen Curry. Like every sport, basketball has recently undergone a statistical overhaul. A new generation of analysts has pored over the game and come to conclusions about the efficacy of certain players and techniques. Their findings have met mixed acceptance from the old guard of coaches and executives, but at least one of their takeaways is now visible...

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Basketball shot charts, make your own

Based on data from the NBA stats API and using the visual layout popularized by Kirk Goldsberry, Todd Schneider gives you BallR, made with R and Shiny. BallR lets you select a player and season, then creates a customizable chart that shows shot patterns across the court. Additionally, it calculates aggregate statistics like field goal percentage and points per shot attempt, and compares the selected player to league averages at...

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Basketball shot charts, make your own

Based on data from the NBA stats API and using the visual layout popularized by Kirk Goldsberry, Todd Schneider gives you BallR, made with R and Shiny. BallR lets you select a player and season, then creates a customizable chart that shows shot patterns across the court. Additionally, it calculates aggregate statistics like field goal percentage and points per shot attempt, and compares the selected player to league averages at...

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Small multiples for NBA game differentials

Adam Pearce charted minute-by-minute point differentials for NBA games during the 2014-15 season. To squeeze distribution in, I had to make a couple of trade offs. Instead of being able to encode point differentials with vertical position like I did with my Golden State's win streak chart, I used color for point difference and saved vertical position for distribution. Since there have been more score differences (GSW was beating by...

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NBA player career projections

As the NBA basketball season gets started, FiveThirtyEight has their player projections for how much each will contribute to their team not just this year but in future seasons. The system is called CARMELO. It stands for Career-Arc Regression Model Estimator with Local Optimization but mostly an excuse to name it CARMELO. Nate Silver describes how they produced the projections and its similarities to his work in 2003 with baseball...

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