Throughout the past decade or more, sabermetrics and advanced statistics have slowly become not only more commonplace within sports circles and casual sports fans, but they have become even more sophisticated. Stats are more accurate and telling today than they were 20 years ago.
Most notably, advanced statistics are prevalent in baseball, where very specific numbers reveal extremely distinct strengths, weaknesses and tendencies of individual players. Basketball statistics are beginning to catch up, but the very obvious differences between basketball and baseball make advanced statistics within the sports totally different.
The goal of this blog is not only to examine and analyze basketball sabermetrics in a digestible way, but also to become a sort of hub for what other basketball writers are publishing about NBA players, and specifically those on the Dallas Mavericks. Another part of my research will consist of comparing results of shot analysis and surveys done by researchers at Stanford and Cornell in 1985 with those I will track during the Mavericks’ 2012-13 season. I will compare my results to theirs, as well as determine causes for why the final shooting percentages might differ drastically from the Philadelphia 76ers’ stats from the 1980-81 season, as measured by the college researchers nearly 30 years ago.
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