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Since I started doing draft analysis I have been interested in ways that I could supplement the data I had from the box scores and demographic data to help better predict NBA success. A good amount of this comes from scouts, including high school ranks, draft board rank, and specific... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at Counting the Baskets
A couple of years ago I put out my first draft projection in advance of the 2014 NBA draft. Now a few years gone by and I can run a preliminary test for the draft model on that 2014 draft class. The basic idea of the test is to compare... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at Counting the Baskets
Useful analytics at the start of the NBA season are sometimes hard to come up with. Essentially you have a choice of noting how unprecedented Anthony Davis's start of the season is or how noisy any particular stat is. There isn't anything wrong with either of those approaches, but I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2016 at Counting the Baskets
I am belatedly getting around to releasing the final Player Tracking Plus Minus (PT-PM) numbers for 2015-2016. PT-PM is my version of a statistical plus minus model, that I have developed over the last few years. I wanted to have a place to reference the numbers for future posts and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2016 at Counting the Baskets
This rookie projection visualization, was originally posted on Nylon Calculus. But the dimensions on the host site aren't quite optimized for Tableau visualizations, or at least not the dimensions I am using, so I am giving it a try here to see if it's a bit more readable: The basic... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2016 at Counting the Baskets
I went through a brief exercise to annotate the stats for the players picked by the Boston Celtics in this years draft using the same basic stats visualization I debuted prior to the draft. The added annotations bring those prospects into focus, and makes it easier to follow them across... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2016 at Counting the Baskets
With the NBA draft one week away, I wanted to get on the record with my semi-official big board draft list[1. I can't write I told you so if I don't tell you anything before hand.] Previously I gave my take on the near top of the draft after the big two of Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram, but here I want to present the whole list. Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at Counting the Baskets
Draft stat visualization by position In this visualization you can tab through the categories, filter by ranking from Draft Express, and scroll over to find or highlight names. Statistical visual highlights include how much Buddy Hield stands out as a scorer, Denzel Valentine as a distributor, Kris Dunn stands out... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2016 at Counting the Baskets
My Highly Plausible Prediction model this year projected the Celtics at 49 wins, a number above their 40 win performance last year, the initial Westgate line on them at 42.5 wins and the general consensus. I have been asked a couple of times whether I "buy" the model's number or not, and the answer to that is, of course, both yes and no. Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2015 at Counting the Baskets
Below I have a pretty simple data visualization focused on the Celtics new draftees. The box plots are all by position to get a better sense of how the Celtics players rate with their fellow new drafted rookies. Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at Counting the Baskets
It is probably a good thing for Celtics fans that free agency in the NBA follows so closely on the heels of the draft, if only to distract them from their palpable disappointment. The collective draft let down stems from both the inability of the front office to move up... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at Counting the Baskets
This year I added the high school consensus recruiting index rating to my draft model, which I discussed here. The prmary benefit of adding the rating is to add prior information to college performance especially for the highest rated prospects. As mentioned in the introductory post, the RSCI rating is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at Counting the Baskets
I put together a big group of data visualizations using the top 100 draft prospects and data via Draft Express. The visualizations are meant to give some insight on the different players' style of play in college or Europe, as well as demonstrate some more general statistical relationships. For players, for example one can see how balanced Tyus Jones' scoring was at Duke, visualize how many more blocks Robert Upshaw averaged than anyone else or where Rondae Hollis-Jefferson ranks in made three pointers for small forwards (Spoiler: Low). Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at Counting the Baskets
Below is an interactive version of the stat breakdowns I made for this year's draft. The basic format is to use the standardized scores of prospects in five different categories, rebounding, scoring, distribution, and a group combining age, competition level and scouting ratings. Bars above zero indicate that the player... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2015 at Counting the Baskets
(And Introducing the I-Test) I re-calculated my PAWS draft model with all of the updated data from the NCAA tournament, and just like everyone's mock draft, Karl-Anthony Towns moves up but narrowly moves misses the number one position. Basically the model puts the two big freshman as the top two... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Counting the Baskets
Below the statistics used to inform the draft model are graphed in standardized ratings for scoring, rebounds, blocks plus steals, distribution (assists and turnovers) and a rating combining age, consensus high school recruiting rank, and competition level. The weights mimic the model, so offensive rebounds are more valuable than defensive, steals are more valuable than blocks and age is the dominant factor in the Age and Competition rating. Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2015 at Counting the Baskets
I debuted my Player Tracking Plus Minus here last year as a Beta stat. Basically I have never stopped making changes and already put out one update on Nylon Calculus. In terms of writing I try to find a balance between writing up every little finding, for whomever is actually... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at Counting the Baskets
Quick post on an in process update of my draft model. Essentially I am working in the consensus high school ratings provided by the Recruiting Services Consensus Index (RSCI) for college basketball. There are a couple of challenges to this, the first being that not every top pro prospect gets... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at Counting the Baskets
Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports Originally post on Nylon Calculus on 1/02/2015 As soon as the Celtics traded Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks some pundits announced the move as the start of the Marcus Smart era. However, in the first six games since the trade it has... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at Counting the Baskets
I re-ran my Draft Model built last year against the Draft Express Top 100 prospects. I haven't added any work on the basic model, which projects player production in the final two years of a player's rookie contract. This one has performed pretty well to date, both in and out... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2015 at Counting the Baskets
With the Celtics twenty games into the season I collected the data for my Player Tracking Plus Minus (PT-PM) model, with a big assist from Darryl Blackport for the data scraping script. With the data through December 15th, Tyler Zeller had been the Celtic's most productive player on the roster... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2014 at Counting the Baskets
Below is my first application of my draft model, the results seem to match what I have seen so far from Layne Vashro and Kevin Pelton. Tyus Jones, D'Angelo Russell and Myles Turner have impressed. Kelly Oubre has not. Biggest surpise ranking is probably Aleksandar Vezenkov, a youngster playing in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Counting the Baskets
There are enough games played in Europe to run some of the European draft prospects, as defined by Draft's top 100, through my Projected AWS draft model. I already did that in a slightly modified run for the players from last year's draft still playing over in Europe. Currently... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at Counting the Baskets
(All Hail Nikola Jokic) The college season has just started. However, the European leagues have been going since mid-October, meaning I have enough games to start re-cranking up the P-AWS Draft model, at least for those players. For this post I am going to focus on a couple of the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at Counting the Baskets
This post originally appear on Nylon Calculus on 11/5/2014 On Saturday night the Boston Celtics very narrowly avoided setting a record in three point futility when Jeff Green hit the team's first three pointer after 21 misses, avoiding the 0-22 record set by the Denver Nuggets. They ended up 1-25... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Counting the Baskets