Statsketball Roundup: Statistics is Changing the Game

With NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament right around the corner, there’s no better way to prepare than to participate in our Statsketball challenge. Are you ready?

In preparation of the competition, dive into these five articles showcasing how the field of statistics is shaping the way the sport is played:

Data Analytics Have Made the NBA Unrecognizable, Quartz

Statisticians have taken over the game, with data analysts working with the teams to maximize each athlete’s talents and identify which players are undervalued. They are using machine learning to assess which athletes are the most valuable, leading to more skilled and well-rounded players. In fact, the NBA is so serious about adding data analysts to their teams, they run an annual Hackathon to uncover new talent.

Basketball’s Nerd Revolution, Bull and Bear

Almost every professional basketball team today has an analytics department to evaluate each player’s performance, and their impact on the number of points the team scores. Statistics are playing a more integral role in player evaluations as well as team success, and teams are being altered based on this information. You might notice the impact statistics has on everyday conversations about basketball, especially during the playoffs or NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament…

The NBA’s Adam Silver: How Analytics Is Transforming Basketball, Knowledge @ Wharton

Coaches are using analytics to change how they manage their basketball teams. Teams are basing decisions about players on high-tech analytics, from choosing players for the team to playing or resting them during each game. In addition, players are able to track their biometrics, including their food and sleep patterns, through wearable technology.

Using the Four Factors of Basketball Success to Pick a Winning NCAA Tournament Bracket, Sporting News

According to Sporting News, there are Four Factors of Basketball Success that correlate the most with winning games. Each factor has a different impact on the score, and you need the four stats from the team’s offense and defense. If you’re participating in our Statsketball challenge or another fantasy bracket, this could be a model to help you determine which team will take the trophy.

Athletics and Analytics: Until Death Do Us Part, Chatham Star Tribune

The use of sports analytics in basketball began as early as 1995 but didn’t become popular until recently. Today, most college and professional leagues, as well as some high school teams, have incorporated analytics into the way they play. Whether you have an interest in basketball or analytics, the job market for data analysts is booming.

Find more resources for your Statsketball bracket here.

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