Introducing: The Shabazz Assist 

Two years ago, Grantland's Kirk Goldsberry introduced the Kobe Assist, a new statistic that "proves that missing shots is sometimes just as valuable as making them." Goldsberry's analysis was interesting, but it left out a key component: the dunkpass. You see, Goldsberry examined what percentage of a player's missed… » 1/07/15 11:29pm 1/07/15 11:29pm

Every Shot Kevin Durant Has Taken In His Career, In One Awesome Chart

"Every shot Kevin Durant has taken in the NBA" is the kind of thing that belongs in a museum, in some fashion. Kirk Goldsberry at Grantland made a chart of exactly that, and shoved it into his piece on the evolution of KD today. It's great. I can't stop staring at it. I want it on my wall. I want it tattooed on my… » 5/09/14 3:46pm 5/09/14 3:46pm

Cool Charts: Where The NBA's Best Scorers Are Getting Their Shots

Last Friday on Grantland, Kirk Goldsberry released a great series of charts breaking down the top NBA scorers and shooters from various spots on the floor. The graphics—interactives, thanks to Bostonography's Andy Woodruff—are revealing as always, especially Dirk Nowitzki's: » 4/28/14 1:20pm 4/28/14 1:20pm

Here's A New Stat To Figure Out The Best Scorers In The NBA

Field goal percentage is misleading. We know that, because if it wasn't, Tyson Chandler wouldn't threaten to break 70 percent every year, and Reggie Evans would produce a literal black hole in each of his box scores, which would consume their immediate surroundings and we'd have no idea what happened in any Nets… » 10/09/13 2:55pm 10/09/13 2:55pm

“Are You A Nerd?” And Other Questions We Asked Our Fellow Nerds At The…

Last weekend, I went to the sixth annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. Attendance has gone up every year, and it gets harder and harder to get a feel for who actually goes to this thing: Why were they there? Were they still all sabermetrics geeks? High-powered businessmen? To find out, I did some analysis of… » 3/08/13 5:05pm 3/08/13 5:05pm

Four Things You Can Learn About The NBA By Skimming Sloan Sports…

The Sloan Sports Analytics Conference is under way in Boston and, though we sent no intrepid reporters to Dorkapalooza this year, the conference happily made its research paper finalists publicly available on its website. Let's blearily page through and see if we can't learn a few things. (We're focused on the SSAC's… » 3/02/13 12:10pm 3/02/13 12:10pm

Jocks, Geeks, And The Search For Common Ground At This Year's MIT…

Chuck Salter reports from Dorkapalooza, where Kirk Goldsberry was the star attraction and team executives did what they could to talk a lot and say little. [Fast Company] » 3/14/12 6:50pm 3/14/12 6:50pm