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(Grantland)   Toronto Raptors' basement-dwelling department gives us rare access to the Marianas Trench of basketball nerd-dom   (grantland.com ) divider line
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2013-03-21 11:24:13 AM  
Using data to create a perfect defense. That's where I stand. I'm an IBMer
 
2013-03-21 11:28:47 AM  
So, to grossly oversimplify, the Raptors' analytics team has determined that the best way to play basketball is to shoot threes ALL DAY ERRY DAY and to stay directly on top of the guy you're supposed to be guarding at all times.

Seems legit.
 
2013-03-21 11:34:25 AM  

GiantRex: So, to grossly oversimplify, the Raptors' analytics team has determined that the best way to play basketball is to shoot threes ALL DAY ERRY DAY and to stay directly on top of the guy you're supposed to be guarding at all times.

Seems legit.


Additional clarification: It seems they want their guys to be crazy-aggressive help defenders. Which I guess is like "stay on your guy" except that "your guy" is always changing.
 
2013-03-21 11:37:37 AM  

GiantRex: So, to grossly oversimplify, the Raptors' analytics team has determined that the best way to play basketball is to shoot

hit threes ALL DAY ERRY DAY and to stay directly on top of the guy you're supposed to be guarding at all times.

Seems legit.


wishes/fishes
 
2013-03-21 11:43:56 AM  

GiantRex: So, to grossly oversimplify, the Raptors' analytics team has determined that the best way to play basketball is to shoot threes ALL DAY ERRY DAY and to stay directly on top of the guy you're supposed to be guarding at all times.

Seems legit.


Yeah, you did pretty grossly oversimplify.  Mathematically it makes sense to shoot a lot of threes as the extra point makes up for the (hopefully) slightly lower percentage of makes.  Obviously, from the perspective of running an effective offense, you couldn't just run down the court and jack up a three every possession because the defense would catch on and defend them more effectively, causing your 3pt% to drop enough to make it not worthwhile.  This sort of data just helps to illustrate things like the effectiveness of interior players who can draw defenders away from the rim, the added value of taking a 3 vs. a long 2, and how ball-hogging, if used properly, can create effective shot opportunities.  I don't think any rational person who designs these stats thinks that Rudy Gay shooting a 3 with 19 left on the shot clock every possession would improve the Raptors as a team; the point of these sorts of exercises is highlight aspects of a given offense that may be inefficient or could be improved that the "eye test" may not initially reveal.

The defensive data is interesting because it seems to indicate that basically every team needs to improve their help defense, and that the only person in the NBA who can possibly keep up with the suggested placements/rotations is Lebron James.
 
2013-03-21 12:04:02 PM  
Moneycourt
 
2013-03-21 12:35:17 PM  
ahh the Raptors, a constant reminder that there are in fact more than just 2 awful professional sports teams residing in Toronto at any given time.
 
2013-03-21 02:16:47 PM  
Toronto seems to be doing not too bad right now, they seem to have got past their goalie problem, not getting blown out on their loses, but chr*st just make the friggin' playoffs before I die
 
2013-03-21 02:18:01 PM  
crap, yeah, I was talking Maple Leafs
 
2013-03-21 05:15:23 PM  

SultanofSchwing: ahh the Raptors, a constant reminder that there are in fact more than just 2 awful professional sports teams residing in Toronto at any given time.


Isn't there three, MLSE also owns TFC.
 
2013-03-21 05:28:27 PM  

Pope Larry II: SultanofSchwing: ahh the Raptors, a constant reminder that there are in fact more than just 2 awful professional sports teams residing in Toronto at any given time.

Isn't there three, MLSE also owns TFC.


Hence more than 2

I could have gone as far as to say 5, but the Argonauts did manage to win the Grey Cup.  But between the Leafs, Jays, TFC, Raptors are all a pretty good source of constant disappointment, so 4 would be more accurate.
 
2013-03-21 06:14:58 PM  

SultanofSchwing: Pope Larry II: SultanofSchwing: ahh the Raptors, a constant reminder that there are in fact more than just 2 awful professional sports teams residing in Toronto at any given time.

Isn't there three, MLSE also owns TFC.

Hence more than 2

I could have gone as far as to say 5, but the Argonauts did manage to win the Grey Cup.  But between the Leafs, Jays, TFC, Raptors are all a pretty good source of constant disappointment, so 4 would be more accurate.


I give the Jays and Argos some credit as they are not owned by the Fool/Money separation machine that is MSLE. How do you raise ticket prices after 7 years of suck?
 
2013-03-21 10:46:26 PM  

weirdneighbour: Toronto seems to be doing not too bad right now, they seem to have got past their goalie problem, not getting blown out on their loses, but chr*st just make the friggin' playoffs before I die


Psst! There are no goalies in basketball.
 
2013-03-22 10:10:27 AM  

Porndip Poonpat: weirdneighbour: Toronto seems to be doing not too bad right now, they seem to have got past their goalie problem, not getting blown out on their loses, but chr*st just make the friggin' playoffs before I die

Psst! There are no goalies in basketball.


Then what the hell sport am I watching ?
 
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