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How is Pivot Analysis helpful for coaches?

We've asked Nathan Docter, the current AD of Athletic Development at University of Northern Colorado with coaching experience at Louisiana Tech, Southeast Missouri State, and the University of Florida what kind of impact Pivot Analysis has for coaching staffs.

What is your experience with Pivot Analysis and the value it can provide to a team?

Pivot Analysis is a unique data analytics tool that can aid basketball programs of all sizes and budgets, anywhere from high school to the professional level. The tools gives teams many options for data use, such as lineup combinations for more efficiency statistics.

Pivot analysis can help programs determine the best lineups for instances where rebounding is needed against a tall frontcourt, which combo has the best shooting percentage, or even which combinations can create the most turnovers. Analytics such as these can add a great value to a program looking for specific ways to maximize talent on rosters off all types, whether they are guard, post, or wing oriented.

What data specifically do you find useful for your analysis?

Player combination data can be a valuable tool, as it can be used to determine the best lineups against an opponent in the back and front court, as well as which specific groupings of players work best together.

When coaches design lineups, typically it is based on traditional five-man positional lineups and how they compete against opponents using traditional metrics (assists, points, rebounds, etc.). The data presented by Pivot Analysis takes a deeper dive into which statistical models and matchups can help your team win, in today’s modern, positionless basketball.

What types of teams could this be helpful for?

Analytics through Pivot Analysis are a valuable tool that can aid programs from the NAIA level to NCAA Division One. Each data point brings value to a program by helping to show what is currently working in terms of specific combinations, as well as what is not working. By applying the data points, programs have the opportunity to make more informed decision when game-planning, and in preparation for future opponents during practice sessions during the season, and the off-season.

Thank you for your insights! We're excited to have you continue to break down teams and games as the season goes on.


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