One of the most publicly divisive aspects of basketball today revolves around the way games are officiated, specifically related to drawing fouls, flopping, and other so-called "tricks of the trade". James Harden has become the poster child for this issue due to his ability to draw fouls and get to the line. Unsurprisingly, getting to the line is a very valuable part of winning basketball games, as it is included in Dean Oliver's Four Factors. This factor is Free Throw Rate o
Another aspect of Dean Oliver's Four Factors is Turnover Percentage or in short-hand, TOV%. This is a gauge of the percentage of possessions ending in turnovers, so it is a little more nuanced than just counting the total number of TOs. How to calculate TOV% TOV% = TeamTOV / (TeamFGA + (0.44 * TeamFTA) + TeamTOV) While this metric is useful in a single game setting (to uncover why a team took more/less shots), it becomes a more impactful data point when sampling from more gam
When looking at a box score, some of the first stats a coach will check are the rebounding totals. Rebounds are obviously an extremely important aspect of the game, but the totals alone don't tell the whole story. How is the offensive rebounding rate/percentage calculated? Offensive Rebounding Rate/Percentage = (Offensive Rebounds)/(Offensive Rebounds + Opponent’s Defensive Rebounds) Rebounding percentages and specifically, for Four Factors purposes, offensive rebounding rate
Did you know that 67% of the Houston Rockets' field goal attempts were from beyond the 3-point line in the 2018-2019 season? Traditional methods of measuring field goal percentage fail to separate two-point shots from three pointers. When it comes to analyzing these percentages, it is important to understand the weight of the different shots. We all understand the concept of risk and reward - here's how it plays out in basketball: Let's assume player Jack only takes two-point
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