Basketball on Paper: Rules and Tools for Performance Analysis

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Potomac Books, Inc., 2004 - Sports & Recreation - 392 pages
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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 doesnat 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 theyare 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 teamsa success. He does the same for some of the NBAas oddball players-Manute Bol, Muggsy Bogues, and Dennis Rodman and for the WNBAas 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 youare looking for strategies or new ideas to throw out while watching the ballgame at a sports bar, Dean Oliveras Basketball on Paper will give you amazing new insights into teamwork, coaching, and success."
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Chapter 1How to Read This Book
Offensive Score Sheets
Chapter 3The Best Offenses and Defenses And Some of the Worst Too
Chapter 4Reserve Your Playoff Tickets Now We Won Three in a Row
Chapter 5Teamwork
Chapter 6Rebounding Myths and Roles
Chapter 17Individual Defensive Ratings
Chapter 18Should I Firebomb Billy Donovans House?
Chapter 19The Problem with Scorers
Chapter 20Individual WinLoss Records
The Great Ones
Freaks Specialists and Women
Chapter 23Basic Tools to Evaluate a Team
Chapter 24Weather Forecasts

Chapter 7The Significance of Derrick Colemans Insignificance
Chapter 8Amos Tverskys Basketball Legacy
Chapter 9The Power of Parity
A Game of Ultimatums
Chapter 11Basketballs Bell Curve
Chapter 12The Effect of Bad Referees and Other Short Stories
Distributing Credit among Cooperating Players
Chapter 14Individual Floor Percentages and Offensive Ratings
Chapter 15The Holy Grail of Player Ratings
Chapter 16Insight on a Box Score
Appendix 1Calculation of Individual Offensive Ratings and Floor Percentages
Appendix 2Individual Floor Percentages and Offensive Ratings for Historys Great Offenses
Appendix 3Individual Defensive Formulas
Appendix 4Team Statistic Historical Regression
Glossary
References
Index
About the Author
Copyright

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Dean Oliver is a former basketball player, assistant coach, and collegiate scout, and has contributed to Basketball Digest. In 1996 he founded the Journal of Basketball Studies, an online compilation of basketball research, and contributes to the Association for Professional Basketball Research. Oliver currently provides statistical advice to the Seattle Supersonics and the public relations director of the WNBA. He lives in Oakland, California.

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