May 28 2015
Defending LeBron James
Thursday, 28 May 2015

Cleveland will meet Golden State in the 2015 NBA Finals. I didn't just want to take a look at player-by-player match-ups since the only thing gets me excited is who will / can / would like to guard LeBron James?
The Warriors appear to be confident that already have personnel with abilities to stop the King James. Steve Kerr has given Draymond Green 6 more minutes (37 minutes / per game) in the post season than the regular season. So we can see that majority of the task will belong to Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala.

Real Plus-Minus (RPM) predicts you how much better a team played on offense and defense by taking into account teammates, opponents and additional factors.

1) Green is one the best defensive real plus minus (DRPM) players in the league, contributing a positive 5.24 points differential to Warrior's defense.
2) Andre Iguodala has posted positive real plus minus stats. In 2014-15 season, Iguodala's average "point differential impact" to his team is +1.31; his +1.23 of +1.31 comes from defensive possesions and +0.08 net point differential on 100 offensive possesions.

With not including Boston series, in the eastern conference finals and semifinals DeMarre Carroll, Paul Millsap and Jimmy Butler have tried to guard LeBron but Cavs has lost only 2 games combined in the last 10 games.
Let's send these numbers to cells of our brains and watch the most anticipated finals. It will be a great matchup on both ends of the floor that will leave great memories behind.

Oct 28 2014
2014-2015 NBA Schedule Visualization
Tuesday, 28 October 2014

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With the new season begins, NBA 2014-2015 schedule is visualized as a tradition at NBAstuffer. Here's the 2014-2015 schedule in big picture.
Clippers Fans! Despite the 8-game road trip before the all-star, don't forget: Your team has been granted 9 consecutive home games between 25th December and 11th January! In contrary, The Spurs will be missed by the fans in February. After playing with Miami on 6th February, they are not returning until March 4th. That makes 9 consecutive "rodeo road trip" games.

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Jul 10 2014
Download NBA 2014-2015 Schedule
Thursday, 10 July 2014

NBA 2014-2015 schedule has been released on 13th August, at 6p.m. ET.
Download NBA 2014-2015 regular season league schedule in Excel

As it's been released, as usual, NBAstuffer got the new schedule analyzed in terms of various rest days and make all schedules available for downloading in excel format.

Jan 10 2014
2013-2014 NBA Schedule Visualization
Friday, 10 January 2014

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I used to make these charts in the past. You can question how timely it is to post it right now but it's a matter of me finding just some extra time. I hope it still makes sense going into the halfway mark of the season. Comments to @nbastuffer are welcomed!

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Aug 02 2013
Download NBA 2013-2014 Schedule
Friday, 02 August 2013

UPDATE: The schedule has been released!
Rest Days Analysis
All schedules available for downloading in excel format.

The NBA 2013-2014 Regular Season Schedule is set to get released on August 6, 2013 at 6 pm.

Once it's been released, as usual, NBAstuffer will get the schedule analyzed in terms of various rest days and make all schedules available for downloading in excel format.

Jul 01 2013
Scoring Contribution Percentage Metric
Monday, 01 July 2013

A long time NBAstuffer reader Damon Smith has studied on a new metric called "Scoring Contribution Percentage", which is derived from True Shooting % and adjusted for extra possessions created by offensive rebounds, steals and blocked shots and for possessions lost from turnovers. Not only predicting the scoring differential, Scoring Contribution % can be applied at evaluating individual offensive efficiency of players.

Jun 10 2013
Does Carmelo Anthony Shoot Too Much?
Monday, 10 June 2013

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This is guest post by Vincent La and Anirudh Jayanti who are undergraduate students at Dartmouth College. They studied on calculating the "skill curve" for players and tried to find out the optimal shot allocation among a certain five-man unit. At the end, for the Knicks' sake, it gives you an idea whether Carmelo Anthony should shoot more or less. Results are interesting!

Jun 05 2013
New Online NBA Data Analytics Program Unveiled
Wednesday, 05 June 2013

The NBA has unveiled a new statistical online service that allows for fans to slice and dice all player and game history for the last 66 years. Going back to the inception of the League, the data covers every play ever made and offers insight into the current stats and analytics as well as those of years gone by. SAP has partnered with the NBA official website and launched the stats service to allow fans to instantly analyze and cross reference game data that has been collected from every game since 1947. Generally large data and analytics projects are an exercise in computer science and the results are not available for general consumption, however in this case the NBA analytics online service changes all that.

NBA CIO Michael Gliedman says the project aims to provide fans with access to every box score, advanced shooting charts, in-depth statistical breakdowns identifying clutch, possession, efficiency and team and player comparisons amongst other advanced features. The idea of the service is to offer an immersive online experience that allows fans access to individual and team statistics for every play in NBA history.

Gliedman hopes that the NBA will support as many as 4.5 quadrillion queries from fans, as there are simply so many permutations of each query that can be submitted. The NBA has been looking for an option to provide fans with this data for years, but with the development of the SAP system they are now able to do so.

The analytics service is intended to integrate with fans use of social media whilst they simultaneously watch games. Gliedman firmly believes that fans want to engage in digital conversation and research whilst the game is on and he is capitalising on the dual screen use of many fans. Fans can watch the game on their TV whilst using their mobile to check stats as the service is fully optimised for mobile platforms.

The release of this advanced analytics program shows how huge amounts of data are heading into the mainstream and NBA fans are now able to access the history of the game at the touch of a button.

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