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  1. The 2014 NBA Finals, Illustrated

    Kirk Goldsberry

    The 2014 NBA Finals featured the two best shooting offenses in the NBA. Miami and San Antonio ranked no. 1 and 2 in effective field goal percentage during the regular season. But during the Finals, the Spurs hit another gear, while...

    Blog | June 16, 2014
  2. Spurs Illustrated: San Antonio’s Scintillating Run, in Two ...

    Kirk Goldsberry

    They have won 19 games in a row. They haven't lost since way back on February 21. Since then they have ranked first in the NBA in the following categories: 3-point field goal percentage, assists per game, points per game,...

    Blog | April 03, 2014
  3. CourtVision: The Worst Shooters So Far

    Kirk Goldsberry

    On Wednesday, we looked at the most efficient scoring players in the league. Today, we flip it around and report the bad news. Like Wednesday's list, I limited this list to players with at least 300 field goal attempts, which gets Ricky Rubio and som...

    Blog | January 10, 2014
  4. About Last Weekend: Pack Frozen Out

    Spike Friedman

    In case you were busy forgoing your senior year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft, here's what you missed in sports last weekend: A last-second Phil Dawson field goal gave the San Francisco 49ers a 23-20 win over the Packers at freezing Lamb...

    Blog | January 06, 2014
  5. CourtVision: Kobe Bryant and the Elbow Test

    Kirk Goldsberry

    Imagine you are dropped into a random NBA game and a teammate throws you the ball at the elbow with three or four seconds left on the shot clock; there's no time to make another pass, you must somehow generate a field goal attempt, and everyone in th...

    Blog | December 06, 2013
  6. I Watched Jazz-Bulls and Lived to Tell the Tale

    Danny Chau

    Destiny, Thy Name Is Boozer Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng combined for more than half of the Bulls' field goal attempts, which makes sense. When your best offensive weapon goes down, you look to the next-best options. To a degree, it worked. But the J...

    Blog | November 26, 2013
  7. The 2012-13 CourtVision Awards: The Best Shooters

    Kirk Goldsberry

    DeAndre Jordan led the NBA in field goal percentage in 2012-13, but what does that actually mean? Field goal percentage remains our best proxy for shooting ability, but when we ignore the key interactions between court space and shooting percentage, ...

    Blog | July 12, 2013
  8. The 2012-13 CourtVision Awards: The Bricklayers

    Kirk Goldsberry

    Every player possesses individual strengths and weaknesses, and every player casts up a unique set of field goal attempts. Some players get lots of shots in areas where they excel, and others experience the opposite — they take lots of shots in...

    Blog | July 11, 2013
  9. CourtVision: How the Spurs and Heat Use the Most Important Shot i...

    Kirk Goldsberry

    At first glance, the Spurs and Heat do not seem to have much in common, but one thing they share is a love affair with the corner 3. Across the league, about 6.7 percent of field goal attempts are corner 3s, but Miami shoots 11.3 percent of its shots...

    Blog | June 05, 2013
  10. CourtVision: The Other Warriors

    Kirk Goldsberry

    The other night in San Antonio, the Spurs "regained control" of their series with the upstart Golden State Warriors. Their winning formula was familiar: Tim Duncan and Tony Parker led the team in field goal attempts, while Manu Ginobili, Kawhi Leonar...

    Blog | May 16, 2013
  11. CourtVision: The Secret Dead Spot of the NBA

    Kirk Goldsberry

    One of the basic tenets of basketball is that some shots are easier than others; a layup is easier than a half-court heave. However, it turns out that the relationship between shot distance and field goal percentage is more complicated than you might...

    Blog | March 08, 2013
  12. Sports analytics and the MIT Sloan Conference

    Katie Baker

    Among the nerds at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston.

    Story | Conversation | March 04, 2013
  13. CourtVision: The Best Shooters So Far

    Kirk Goldsberry

    As spatial analytics slowly creeps its way into the NBA, we're beginning to evaluate performances and tendencies in new ways. Perhaps the most basic illustration of the virtue of spatial approaches applies to shooting. Although field goal percentage ...

    Blog | January 29, 2013
  14. CourtVision: The Year in Scoring

    Kirk Goldsberry

    The below graphic shows every shot attempted in the NBA during the regular season. NBA players attempted 201,608 field goals this season; they made 91,282 of them. In other words, the league shot 45.3 percent from the floor. These are pretty ...

    Blog | April 25, 2013