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How do we truly judge the value of an assist?

NBA Assists Are Everything and Almost Nothing

Assists are simultaneously one of the most important aspects of basketball, one of the most overrated stats and one of the most underrated. That’s right. They can mean virtually everything or almost nothing. I’ve been percolating on the idea of assists for years now, and how we could come up with a better version of them.…

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The Spurs and Raptors don't just beat you from outside.

Some Top-10 Offenses Succeed Without Emphasizing 3s

There’s more than one way to skin a muskrat, or so my Pop-Pop used to say. And as it is with semiaquatic rodents, it is with NBA scoring. Modern analytics encouraged teams to move away from mid-range shots entirely in favor of high-reward 3-balls. Indeed, the NBA’s current No. 1 record and best winning streak…

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How Scheduling Can Tell NBA’s Subtlest Lies

You often hear about the “lies” that statistics tell, but they ain’t got nothin’ on the lies scheduling tells. Everything from hot streaks to disappointing starts, to hitting the right team at the wrong time or the wrong team at the wrong time can influence outcomes of games. Those things get aggregated, and often, that…

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On the Dangers of Single-Number Metrics

I don’t want to say single-number metrics are completely useless, but the people who create them think they’re completely useless. Of course, they don’t think the one they created is completely useless. They just think all of the other ones are completely useless. So collectively, they all think that all but one of the single-number metrics…

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