The NBA commonly uses five positions to group players: point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward, and center. However, today's NBA is becoming increasingly position-less. Instead, teams care more about the specific skills and tendencies of players when making lineups. This has led to the need to create new grouping for players. One way … Continue reading Generating NBA Archetypes Using K-Means Clustering
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2022 March Madness Preview: Upsets, Cinderellas, and Final Four Predictions
The 2022 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament begins tomorrow with the Round of 64 kicking off. This tournament will span 3 weeks, eliminate 63 teams, and crown one national champion after a season of hard work. Using my college basketball model, I have found some likely upsets, underrated and overrated teams, and the most likely final … Continue reading 2022 March Madness Preview: Upsets, Cinderellas, and Final Four Predictions
3 And D: The Best Two-Way Players in the 2021 NBA Draft
The 2020-21 NBA season has concluded, and it's time to look towards the upcoming offseason. The first major event in the offseason is always the NBA Draft, where college and international players are selected by teams looking to improve their roster. Most of the attention is focused towards the top few selections, where the worst … Continue reading 3 And D: The Best Two-Way Players in the 2021 NBA Draft
Go For It?: A Guide to Optimal Fourth Down Decision Making
Two weeks ago, the Tennessee Titans faced off against the Baltimore Ravens in an AFC wildcard matchup, where one single play calling decision could have changed the outcome of the game. After Titans' quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw an incomplete pass towards tight end Jonnu Smith on 3rd & 2 from the Ravens' 40 yard line, … Continue reading Go For It?: A Guide to Optimal Fourth Down Decision Making
NFL Offensive and Defensive Ratings
Analytics in football have not progressed as far as analytics in basketball. The NBA's primary advanced metric that people use to assess overall team performance is net rating. More specifically, net rating is found by subtracting a team's defensive rating, the points allowed per 100 possessions, from their offensive rating, the points scored per 100 … Continue reading NFL Offensive and Defensive Ratings
2020-2021 NBA Pre Season Predictions
With the new NBA season beginning within a week, many NBA fans and analysts have begun to present their preseason predictions, choosing which teams will make the playoffs, finals, and win the championship. I have devised a method of predicting the best NBA teams this coming season using the stats of each team's players. Using … Continue reading 2020-2021 NBA Pre Season Predictions
Finding the Best Shot Creators in the NBA
Shot creating in the NBA is a skill that is crucial for success. The best teams are littered with shot creators, not only with their best players, but also in their other starters and some bench players. Having a plethora of shot creators allows an offense to be able to flow through many players, making … Continue reading Finding the Best Shot Creators in the NBA
Who’s to Blame for the 76ers First Round Embarrassment?
The Philadelphia 76ers' season ended on Sunday when the Boston Celtics completed a four game sweep in the first round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs. The loss marks the end of a disappointing season for the 76ers, failing to meet their high expectations. Even though the 76ers were without all-star Ben Simmons, they were still … Continue reading Who’s to Blame for the 76ers First Round Embarrassment?