Welcome to the NBA via “Spatial and Visual Analytics” or Court Vision for short. Basically this dude Kirk Goldsberry mapped out every shot in the NBA from the last 5 seasons to see if he could find any trends or surprise stats through
black magicscience. Essentially, Red means more shots made, and Blue means more shots bricked. Click on over to his site if you want to see what else he found out and how Deron Williams measures up against Rajon Rondo.
“In the quest to better understand the “average” NBA shooter I have begun making composite shooting charts for each position in the league. My eventual goal is to establish a spatially informed baseline and to map every shooter in the league against an average shooter. These charts are not good for that task, but they’re interesting nonetheless.
Here are composite shooting charts for each of the 5 conventional basketball positions. I combined the shooting data for every player in positional groups. There are some bizarre trends including some fascinating asymmetries.”
Jeremy Lin’s D-League coach Eric Musselman noticed something else, too. As an N.B.A. player on assignment, Lin got first-class plane tickets. “He gave them to teammates.” Musselman said.
#stop it already