Investigating Traditional Crime Rankings

Recently, Forbes posted America’s Most Dangerous Cities of 2015 which attempted to rank the most violent cities with populations over 200,000 persons. Despite urgings by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to refrain from making violent crime rankings, several groups such as the former Morgan Quitno and, presently, Forbes continue to put forth rankings. In this…

NBA Power Rankings – November 15th Edition

Over the course of the past week, there have been another 58 NBA games that have been played, bringing the total number of games played to 151; over ten percent (12.28%) of the season complete. To date, we still have one undefeated team (Golden State, 11-0) and one winless team (Philadelphia, 0-10). Using the beta…

NBA Tracking Using Python: Warriors vs. Grizzlies

With the Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies are set to square off for the second time this season tonight, we take an extended look at the most recent 119 – 69 Warrior win over the Grizzlies on November 2nd. We do this by looking at two consecutive possessions that resulted in a Warriors basket and a…

NBA Power Rankings – November 8th

After 12 days into the NBA season, we have seen 93 NBA games; approximately 7.5% of the 1,230 total regular season games. This suggests that each team should have played an average of 6.2 games. Of these 93 games, the distribution of games played is given as follows: 8 Games: Atlanta (7-1) 7 Games: Golden State (7-0),…

Building NBA Defenses Using the Convex Hull

When a basketball team employs a zone-type of defense, they are attempting to remove a specific element from the opposing team’s arsenal. For example, the 2-3 zone defense attempts to pack the lane by placing a strong defensive player in the center of the lane; a basket defender, if you will. This type of defense…

NBA Data Science: Breaking Down NBA Data

Recently, the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs played to a frenetic 112 – 106 OKC win on October 28th. It was one heck of a statement to open the year for the NBA as the Thunder returned to the court as a complete, healthy unit; the first time since February of last…