Posts Tagged ‘Andrew Bergmann’

Analytics Art: NBA Champions in first round

By Andrew Bergmann @dubly, for NBA.com

In 2003, the first round of the playoffs was changed from best-of-five to best-of-seven. Since then the 2008 Celtics are the only team to have played a full series in the first round before going on to win the NBA Finals.

This year five of the eight teams in the conference semifinals are coming off of a full seven-game series. The Pacers, Nets, Spurs, Clippers and Thunder were all stretched to seven games in the first round.

first-round-champs

Andrew Bergmann’s data driven design work can be found on CNN, NBA, Sports Illustrated, Deadspin, Washington Post, and USA Today. See more on www.dubly.com and twitter.com/dubly

Analytics Art: Longest winning streaks

By Andrew Bergmann (@dubly), for NBA.com

If San Antonio beats Indiana tonight (7 p.m., NBA TV), the Spurs will notch their 18th straight win, breaking the franchise record and joining an elite group of classic NBA teams.

Only 12 teams in the history of the league have ever pulled off  an 18-game win streak.

winning-streaks-575-wide

Andrew Bergmann’s data driven design work can be found on CNN, NBA, Sports Illustrated, Deadspin, Washington Post and USA Today. See more on www.dubly.com and twitter.com/dubly. Thanks to Tracy Weissenberg for the tip.

 

Analytics Art: NBA passing

By Andrew Bergmann, for NBA.com

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Here’s a look at how starters on all 30 NBA teams share the basketball.

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The thickness of the gray lines on the accompanying chart represents the average number of passes per game between two players.

A very clear picture emerges on which teams distribute the ball more evenly between players, such as the Nets, Bulls and Cavaliers. On the flip side, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin dominate passing for the Clippers, and likewise for Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio of the Timberwolves.

This data would have been virtually impossible to collect in the past. However, all NBA arenas are now equipped with SportVU technology. Several cameras are installed overhead which are used to track every move of the game.

Click on the chart for a bigger version.

The top level center, point guard, shooting guard, small forward and power forward were selected from all team depth charts.

The average number of passes were calculated from data from this season only (through Tuesday), taking into account only those games where all five players were active and saw playing time.

In-bounds passes were excluded.

Line thickness represents combined passing in both directions between two players.

Special thanks to Matt Scott and Ryan Warkins.

Andrew Bergmann’s data driven design work can be found on CNN, NBA Digital, Sports Illustrated, FastCompany and Visual.ly. See more on www.dubly.com and twitter.com/dubly

Analytics Art: 40-Point Games

By Andrew Bergmann, for NBA.com

There has been a lot of buzz about LeBron James’ 61-point game Monday night, but Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant racked up his 10th 40-point game of the season on Tuesday. Here’s a look at players who consistently have been scoring big this year:

40-Point Games in 2013-14

Andrew Bergmann’s data driven design work can be found on CNN, NBA, Sports Illustrated, FastCompany and Visual.ly. See more on www.dubly.com and twitter.com/dubly.