What’s In A Lottery Pick: Playoffs, Champions, and MVP’s

With the NBA Draft 22 days away, we would like to take a moment to show the impact of the previous 23 NBA Draft lotteries and show if whether draft position really truly matters. Hint: it does, but only to an extent. We’ll explain below. We focus on all draft picks since 1994, and not…

Identifying Player Possession in Spatio-Temporal Data

In a previous post, we took a look into some spatio-temporal data obtained through SportVU technology for the NBA and identified how to use that data to perform basic tasks such as building convex hulls to illustrate offense and defense coverage on a court; as well as provide basic Python code for the reader to…

Markov Simulation: NBA Playoffs Round 2

In continuation of our Markov simulation of the NBA Playoffs, we take a look at the updated probabilities for each team remaining. In this article, we take a cursory look at each second round match up and see how the first round panned out compared to the probabilistic predictions. So Far So Good: All rounds…