An Athlete’s Life

Being proud as an athlete is an understatement. The struggles in training, disciplining yourself to maintain a good body condition, balancing your career or school life, social and athlete life is not as easy as one, two, three. Quitting is not in our dictionary, but fighting for our goals is what we aim for. A…

Poking Holes in Oladipo with New Shot Defense Metrics?

Victor Oladipo may be the best wing defender in this draft, but he is not without weaknesses that NBA scouts/execs are noticing with the help of Vantage Stats. Crowding shooters and getting a hand up without fouling is vitally important to effective defense.  In fact, we have already shown that in certain situations it will drop…

“Always Will Be About Buckets”

If you haven’t watched the Uncle Drew series starring Kyrie Irving, and more recently featuring Kevin Love and Hall of Famer Bill Russell, you need to because as Russell reminds Uncle Drew, This game always has, and always will be, about buckets. A look at the move (here at Vantage Sports, we call these “post-acquisition…

Visualizing Vantage’s Metrics

This post will be brief. I’m going to allow the reader to visualize Vantage’s metrics and interpret the correlations in his or her own way. First, let’s look at the correlations between Offensive Efficiency and some of the various offensive metrics that Vantage tracks in the form of a correlation matrix. The positive correlations are…

Defending the Three

Before Paul George broke out as an offensive force, he was widely known for his suffocating defense. But is he a good enough defender to make shooters miss wide-open threes?    That was a trick question. Of course not! This video is not an example of good defense but rather Paul George getting lucky that…

Steve Novak’s Defense – By The Numbers

Steve Novak’s defensive abilities have recently been the subject of some debate.  Synergy says he’s good, and 82games says he’s not.  Our numbers say they’re both right, partly.  We can measure defensive ability across many different categories, including: a) how well he keeps opposing drivers in front of him (keep in front% or KIF%) b) how…

The Value of Contesting Shots

The idea is not to block every shot. The idea is to make your opponent believe that you might block every shot. -Bill Russell Bill Russell is one of the all-time greats in basketball. His shot-blocking ability is legendary and the NBA has never seen a player like him since. The heart of Russells quote…

Pick-and-Roll Defense: The Switch

The pick-and-roll is one of the most common actions youll see across the league. How a defense handles the pick-and-roll goes a long way in determining how effective most offenses can be. Using Vantages dataset from this season and last, lets take a look at how teams employ one of the more unique pick-and-roll defenses:…