Tracking Defensive Plus Minus: Ranking the NBA’s Best Defenders

Player defense has been one of the hardest elements to quantify in basketball since the rise of analytics. The box score stats for player defense are limited to steals, blocks, and defensive rebounds, with no context for the number of shots defended and how many turnovers a player actually forced. However, recent tracking statistics have … Continue reading Tracking Defensive Plus Minus: Ranking the NBA’s Best Defenders

The Keys to a Successful NBA Defense

Most of NBA analysis is pointed towards offense. Popular stats like points, assists, turnovers, and shooting efficiency all evaluate offensive ability, while defensive stats are often neglected. However, a great defense can lead a team to a deep playoff run: in the last 5 seasons, 64% of the teams with a top 5 regular season … Continue reading The Keys to a Successful NBA Defense

Fact or Fiction: Defense Wins Championships

The old adage "Defense Wins Championships" is used in all sports, especially when the playoffs are around the corner. Coaches and players around the NBA are no exception, as it is always thrown around in post game interviews and pre game speeches. However, does defense actually win championships? Is defense actually more important than offense … Continue reading Fact or Fiction: Defense Wins Championships