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Bridging Defensive Rating and Matchup Data: Putting Respect on Lu Dort’s Name

Recently, Ben Simmons took a shot at Rudy Gobert to build his case for defensive player of the year in response to NBA.com’s recent Defensive Player Ladder rankings – to me it was refreshing to see players take pride in their defense in the regular season. I, too, have massive qualms with the rankings (for… Continue reading Bridging Defensive Rating and Matchup Data: Putting Respect on Lu Dort’s Name

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The Best Bigs at Defending Guards & 5 Takeaways

Hello everyone! I missed you all—just a friendly reminder before you start diving into the article that our GoFundMe campaign to raise money to donate basketball shoes for children in organizations like Girls in the Game is still going on! We would love if you all can show some love this Valentines Day season. Link:… Continue reading The Best Bigs at Defending Guards & 5 Takeaways

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2020 Pre-Bubble vs Bubble: Differences in Play

Before I dive in, I want to reiterate an important donation campaign that is ongoing where we were able to partner with a Chicago organization GiveNkind (check them out here: givenkind.org) to fundraise new basketball shoes and basketballs to be distributed out to children who participate in non profit organizations like Girls in the Game… Continue reading 2020 Pre-Bubble vs Bubble: Differences in Play

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Basketballs & B-ball Shoes Donation Campaign

Baseline Jam fanatics! Thank you for always being a loyal follower and taking time out of your day to read basketball analytics content. I have a very special ask of you all. During this holiday season, I wanted to kick off a donation campaign and am happy to announce that Baseline Jam was able to… Continue reading Basketballs & B-ball Shoes Donation Campaign

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Post 2020 NBA Draft – 3 & D Wing Players

It’s almost Thanksgiving and I wanted to quickly share some post-NBA draft thoughts for you to chew on before the real chewing happens on Thursday! I know Thanksgiving in 2020 could be weird for some of us, but I truly hope that it’s still one to remember. One thing I’m truly thankful for is you!… Continue reading Post 2020 NBA Draft – 3 & D Wing Players

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Age, Injury History, Being a Big Man: A Regression Analysis of How These Different Variables Impact Back-to-Back Games vs Two-Days Rest Games

Fellow NBA enthusiasts, we are back again with a post dedicated to analyzing the impact of rest in the NBA’s grueling schedule. First and foremost, we hope our readers are safe and sound from the COVID pandemic. Due to how the pandemic has shaped the landscape of sports and how the NBA implemented a prolonged… Continue reading Age, Injury History, Being a Big Man: A Regression Analysis of How These Different Variables Impact Back-to-Back Games vs Two-Days Rest Games

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Using Conjoint Analysis to Design New Jerseys

My dedicated hoopers—welcome to a new decade of basketball! One of my New Year’s resolutions is to become far more active on this blog, striving for a monthly blog post. A major reason why I have been so sluggish on the blog has been due to me attending grad school to pursue an M.B.A. One… Continue reading Using Conjoint Analysis to Design New Jerseys

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FORECASTING IDEAL 3-AND-D PLAYERS: PART TWO

In the first part of this short series, a step-wise linear regression approach was used to forecast this year’s draft participants’ 3PT catch-and-shoot ability (revisit the first part here: https://baselinejam.blog/2019/05/16/forecasting-ideal-3-and-d-players-part-one/ to see an updated table of nearly all wing players). In the second part, we will forecast draftees’ defensive ability by forecasting their defensive rating.… Continue reading FORECASTING IDEAL 3-AND-D PLAYERS: PART TWO

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Forecasting Ideal 3-and-D Players: Part One

We are down to 4 teams in the playoffs, which means 26 teams and their fan bases are anxiously looking forward to the draft. As most know, I’m a huge Oklahoma City Thunder fan. As I look at the many possible places for improvement, one that immediately pops out is our perimeter shooting. The Thunder… Continue reading Forecasting Ideal 3-and-D Players: Part One

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Outperforming Contracts: An Oklahoma City Thunder Case Study (Part 2)

Fellow Baseline Jammers, you were very missed! The previous post examined how much an organization expends to generate a single win share from a specified individual player. However, this data is slightly meaningless without a benchmark to compare to. In this post, we will compare each player of the Thunder’s starting lineup with other starting… Continue reading Outperforming Contracts: An Oklahoma City Thunder Case Study (Part 2)