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 games. … » 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