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…