If you were to look at a mainstream NBA box score today and compare it to one from 30 years ago, you'd be hard pressed to find many noteworthy differences in what is tracked.
This year’s Sloan Sports Analytics Conference featured a bevy of fascinating papers, panels and discussions, a good grip of them basketball-centric.
Winning cures all.It sounds simple in theory, but you can’t realistically win all of the time. Not every franchise is the Lakers or Yankees. Most teams go through lulls while rebuilding on the fly.
Before Brandon Roy's knees degenerated and Greg Oden underwent his third microfracture surgery, the Portland Trail Blazers were the darlings of the NBA.
On Jan. 7, 2011, the Pittsburgh Penguins announced that for the first time in his already legendary career, Sidney Crosby would miss an NHL game due to a concussion.
Dwyane Wade knew he would be removed from the game before the computers did. TrueHoop at MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference A new look at the NBA's best shooters The curse of the 'competitive' franchise The analytics of NBA fans The cure for tanking Basketball enters the space age Making Fun Of Geeks Jeff Van Gundy On The Loose You, Me, Synergy, The Big 2 and The Big 3 The Science of Sleep The Role of Analytics in Labor Negotiations and an Absent Perspective Everything you know about basketball is wrong On Bill James the writer The future of stats is video Analytically Inclined Coach, Oxymoron?
To witness an NBA game in person is to be swaddled in an incomparable atmosphere. Over 15,000 people cram themselves inside a really large space, and almost by accident manage to magnify the game’s excitement, manufacturing an authentic and unequaled energy.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers is credited with saying that “offense is spacing.” At the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Harvard researcher and Michigan State professor Kirk Goldsberry extended that logic to the whole game, explaining, “Basketball is a spatial sport.
In terms of on-court success, the 1996-97 season was a disaster for the San Antonio Spurs. But ironically, it may have been the greatest thing to ever happen to the franchise.
BOSTON -- Where does the future of basketball analytics lie? After spending some time at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston, it has become increasingly clear that "where" is the operative word.
BOSTON -- The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference means different things to different people. For some this is an incredible opportunity to learn more about sports, the events and actions that our eyes miss, and those our brains misunderstand.