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Applying Sabermetrics (Sort of) to Basketball

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A basketball fanatic and a math whiz want to do for basketball what Bill James and sabermetrics did for baseball, and their innovative way of parsing data could revolutionize game analysis, providing coaches with new insights while making the game more fun to watch.

 

Sabermetrics, for those who haven’t seen Moneyball, is the objective analysis of baseball using game stats. Billy Beane used it to revolutionize the Oakland A’s. Compared to baseball, though, basketball is much more dynamic, and ball movement becomes a key variable in success. Passing is one of the fundamentals of hoops, and in the upper ranks of the sport, turnovers — often the result of wayward passes — contribute to ticks in the win-loss column. Fast, agile passing can...

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