TeamSPACE: The Chart of a Champion

2014-15 Golden State Warriors (courtesy of Slam Online)

Welcome back, friends. Last offseason, I attempted to analyze the similarities and differences of every NBA champion since 1996-1997. Specifically, the goal was to study shot patterns among the Starting 5 for each champ (more affectionately known as Hunting Grounds).… Continue Reading


Almost Time For Tip Off – Jump Ball Stats

Mar 27, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Ray McCallum (3) beats New Orleans Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca (42) on a jump ball during the fourth quarter of a game at the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans defeated the Kings 102-88. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Jump balls start each NBA game and help decide other situations when neither team has possession, but it’s a challenge to find statistics about them. As part of 82games.com‘s fantastic commentary page, they once published some numbers that are now a decade old. There’s… Continue Reading


Nylon Calculus 101: Python Data Wrangling – Merging PBP Data and Shot Logs

Jun 16, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova (8) during the first quarter of game six of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

In this edition of Nylon Calculus 101, the great and greatly unheralded Darryl Blackport walks us through the steps to creating one of the most important data sets used by authors at Nylon Calculus, which we’ve taken to calling the Detailed… Continue Reading