Basketball on Paper: Rules and Tools for Performance Analysis (Google eBook)
Journey "inside the numbers" for an exceptional set of statistical tools and rules that can help explain the winning, or losing, ways of a basketball team. Basketball on Paper doesn’t diagram plays or explain how players get in shape, but instead demonstrates how to interpret player and team performance.
Dean Oliver highlights general strategies for teams when they’re winning or losing and what aspects should be the focus in either situation. He describes and quantifies the jobs of team leaders and role players, then discusses the interactions between players and how to achieve the best fit. Oliver conceptualizes the meaning of teamwork and how to quantify the value of different types of players working together. He examines historically successful NBA teams and identifies what made them so successful: individual talent, a system of putting players together, or good coaching.
Oliver then uses these statistical tools and case studies to evaluate the best players in history, such as Magic Johnson, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, and Charles Barkley and how they contributed to their teams’ success. He does the same for some of the NBA’s "oddball" players-Manute Bol, Muggsy Bogues, and Dennis Rodman and for the WNBA’s top players.
Basketball on Paper is unique in its incorporation of business and analytical concepts within the context of basketball to measure the value of players in a cooperative setting. Whether you’re looking for strategies or new ideas to throw out while watching the ballgame at a sports bar, Dean Oliver’sBasketball on Paper will give you amazing new insights into teamwork, coaching, and success.
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Review: Basketball on Paper: Rules and Tools for Performance AnalysisUser Review - Jb Park - Goodreads
Dean Oliver did a really great work on this book to suggest what kind of advanced statistical analysis can be applied to basketball. Yes, it lacks story and some parts of the book is a little boring ... Read full review
Review: Basketball on Paper: Rules and Tools for Performance AnalysisUser Review - Dan - Goodreads
This is the holy grail for basketball analytics. It sucks that there are no other books out there similar to this. What sucks even more is there will likely not be anymore books similar to this ... Read full review
Chapter 3 The Best Offenses and Defenses And Some of the Worst Too
Chapter 4 Reserve Your Playoff Tickets Now We Won Three in a Row
Chapter 5 Teamwork
Chapter 6 Rebounding Myths and Roles
Chapter 7 The Significance of Derrick Colemans Insignificance
Chapter 8 Amos Tverskys Basketball Legacy
Chapter 18 Should I Firebomb Billy Donovans House?
Chapter 19 The Problem with Scorers
Chapter 20 Individual WinLoss Records
The Great Ones
Freaks Specialists and Women
Chapter 23 Basic Tools to Evaluate a Team
Chapter 24 Weather Forecasts
Appendix 1 Calculation of Individual Offensive Ratings and Floor Percentages
Chapter 9 The Power of Parity
A Game of Ultimatums
Chapter 11 Basketballs Bell Curve
Chapter 12 The Effect of Bad Referees and Other Short Stories
Distributing Credit among Cooperating Players
Chapter 14 Individual Floor Percentages and Offensive Ratings
Chapter 15 The Holy Grail of Player Ratings
Chapter 16 Insight on a Boxscore
Chapter 17 Individual Defensive Ratings