Nylon Calculus

A new pass tracking database and accompanying app allows us to track the locations of passers and shooters on catch-and-shoot 3s, on the hunt for patterns. Everybody loves catch-and-shoot 3-point attempts. They are some of the most valuable shots in basketball and coaches have dreamt up actions, principles, and entire offenses designed to create as
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Building player pick probabilities from a massive sample of mock drafts reveals just how divisive this NBA Draft class is. Say you’re the Atlanta Hawks, and you really like Obi Toppin in the upcoming NBA Draft, but you’re not sure if he’ll still be available at No. 6. Do you move up, or hold on
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We built an app that searches for NBA lineups with specific combinations of player archetypes so you can imagine how well new lineups might fit together. As NBA teams continue to be eliminated from championship contention, for many front offices, it’s self-evaluation season. Why did we lose? What was our team missing in the end?
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Andre Drummond, #3, Cleveland Cavaliers, (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) If the Cleveland Cavaliers want to get the most out of Andre Drummond, they have to work on getting him elbow touches. After acquiring him at the trade deadline, the Cavaliers had just eight games from Andre Drummond before the season was interrupted. Cleveland’s dismal
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Anthony Davis, #3, Los Angeles Lakers, (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Using hand-tracked player locations to examine two different approaches that NBA teams are using to balance offensive rebounding and transition defense. Dwyane Wade stands in the foreground with his arms outstretched, nonchalantly waiting for his pass to find its mark. LeBron James — midair
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