Looking for an objective crybaby metric… Are there any NBA “complainer” statistics?


Is there a stat for number of missed “open look” shots in an NBA basketball game?

Not for a specific game that I was able to find, but NBA.com appears to have this statistic over a period of time.

From NBA.com/Stats -> Player Stats -> Player Tracking Shots, you'll find yourself on the "League Player Tracking Shots" page.

From here, under "Closest Defender" or "Closest Defender (+10 FT)," you can choose to filter statistics based on your definition of "open look" (which I'm assuming would fall under "Open" or "Wide Open"). From here, FGA minus FGM will give you "missed 'open look' shots" per game.

For example, Stephen Curry missed 4 "Open" shots per game during the 2015-2016 NBA...

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At every game, there are two groups of two people who are in charge of collecting these stats. One person in each group keeps an eye on the game and tells the other person what events to mark down. The other person has a computer tablet with which they mark these things down--so player A just got a rebound...player B just attempted a shot and missed, etc. The referee's whistle actually activates the devices to know when to start and stop the game clock.

The information input to these tablets is sent to the official scorer and any calculations are automated (such as field goal percentage). The reason there are two teams doing this is for times where one person may miss something or the two groups' info doesn't match. In those cases, they can use a DVR to replay the event in question.

For newer, more advanced statistics, this is pretty cool: http://stats.nba.com/tracking/#!/player/ Six cameras are set up to continuously track every movement and output some interesting...

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There's a case to be made that Joel Embiid is one of the five most valuable players in the NBA right now.

If we're being honest, he has zero chance of winning the MVP award and might not receive any votes, which on the surface makes sense based strictly on his availability. The 76ers fan favorite has missed 14 games, has yet to play 30 minutes in any game and has been on the floor for less than 36 percent of his team's total minutes.

Embiid's play has been a nice story for sure, but one worthy of a near-podium MVP finish? Not a chance ... right?

There are over 200 players in the NBA -- including seven on his own team -- that have spent more time on the hardwood this season than Embiid. But when it boils down to team performance based on whether a player is on or off the court -- and even allowing for the fact that the Sixers beat the Bucks without him Wednesday night -- few can go pound for pound with Philly's not-so-tiny dancer.

There's an adage in all...

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When it comes to daily fantasy sports (DFS), and basketball in particular, there's a lot of data out there that can help you make lineup decisions. One source of helpful data is numberFire, an analytical sports resource site that features DFS projections as part of its stock of premium content.

The data at numberFire can be used in any number of ways. Can't decide between James Harden and Russell Westbrook? Use the projections to see who the stats say is likely to have a better day. Just want to know which games to target for the most expected fantasy production? There's a chart for that showing how each game on a given slate rates on a number of different metrics. Want to weight some of your favorite players and have a computer spit out some optimized lineups? Use the lineup generator.

The cost of premium content at numberFire depends on what level of membership you use, but we're going to provide a sampling for free right here on PokerNews Sports. Each day this...

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Re: The NBA Begins by : 3:35pm On Jan 31 Eruditor:

Here is an adage you can quote as well:
"Truth sounds like hate to those that hate hearing the truth."

Keep reeling out moot history as if GSWs first ring is not on Cavs head. As if Ledouche did not need to beg the NBA to come to his rescue last term. As if Cavs don't have the highest payroll and started making excuses about needing a playmaker when the Ls started piling up. If Leflop did not get his feelings hurt because Barkley said the truth.

I am not tired of the 3-1 jokes at all. Y'all said it in December and talked about choking a 14point lead. Funny how nobody talks about that December game again. It is always sweeter to shut stale jokes up on the court like the 35point blowout we dealt LeBitch and the Lavaliers in January. We would have done same in June 2017 but at this rate it is clear Boston is the team we are most likely to play. Print that.

The bolded is from which chapter ?


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As we wrap up the month of January, the NBA season is just past the literal halfway point. All-Star rosters have been announced, meaning the ceremonial midseason point is nearly upon us, as well. As we reach both of those benchmarks, there is no better time than now to look at the leading candidates for the league's six major awards that will be handed out at season's end.

As a reader of numberFire, you know we do things a bit different than most. We won't be giving our picks for these awards based on popularity or even a subjective opinion; we are leaving it up to our algorithms. We will be using our in-house nERD metric to find out the winner in each category.

Let's see who would be taking home some hardware in the NBA if the season ended right now.

Most Valuable Player

Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors

Let's tackle the controversy from the start. Consensus choices around the league have narrowed down the popular MVP choices to...

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Contract buyouts

Resolved:Players bought out still go though waivers.

Rashard Lewis was bought out by the Hornets. Is that considered a waiver, or is he an immediate FA. I assume the latter. It's currently listed as a waiver at List_of_2012–13_NBA_season_transactions#Released.—Bagumba (talk) 20:44, 11 July 2012 (UTC)

It is a waiver, with a negotiated reduction of salary if the player is not claimed by anyone.[1]—Bagumba (talk) 06:36, 12 July 2012 (UTC)

Source for player's position

I thought it was obvious, but what do we use to verify a player's position? nba.com and basketball-reference.com only lists G/F/C and doesn't get to SG/PG and SF/PF level of detail.—Bagumba (talk) 07:51, 6 July 2012 (UTC)

Example: Some editors are making changes like making Lamar Odom a center. Being a fan, I know he sometimes is the effective center on the floor, but I dont think he is ever listed as a center. We need to come up with a way to make this verifiable and avoid...
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Allow yourselves to get excited, Phoenix Suns fans. GOOD THINGS ARE HAPPENING. The Suns scored an impressive 115-103 victory against the Toronto Raptors last night, their second win in as many days. Phoenix is 5-5 in January, and improved to 15-29 with the win in Toronto. Last season, the Suns were 13-31 through 44 games and went a frigid 2-12 in the first month of the year. So like it or not, Phoenix is moving in the right direction. It’s also worth mentioning that zero players have thrown a towel at a coach this season. That doesn’t show up in the box score.

The progress Earl Watson’s club is making hasn’t gone unnoticed. NBA Math, does.........this:

“We’re determining how all 30 teams stack up in wholly objective fashion, using our Team Rating metric to evaluate both season-long performances and the levels the squads have played at in the last few weeks.

As such, placements will be determined by the average score in two components: season-long Team Rating...

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Modern basketball analysis contains a plethora of advanced statistics and metrics to help us better understand and parse what’s going on out there on the floor. We can go beyond simple measures like points, rebounds and assists to contextualize the game more effectively – from metrics like true shooting percentage that help track the value of shots to advances like SportVU data that help us dig into the granular level of every pass, shot and rebound.

Growing in popularity within the analytics community over the last several years has been another metric: Plus-minus. The term sounds simple enough, but what exactly is it? Let’s break it down in simple terms even the casual fan can understand.

What is Plus-Minus?

In its simplest form, plus-minus is exactly what it sounds like – when a given player is on the floor, be it for a single game, group of games or a season, does his team get outscored or does it outscore the opponent? This very simple metric is housed in...

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I am wondering how to design a relational database for NBA games.

There are several similar questions in StackOverflow but no one gives a satisfying answer.

Star Schema database for NBA/Basketball statistics

Database for Basketball teams/games/scores per season

Database Design NBA

Apparently the game data is interesting for basketball fans and tons of websites provide these statistics.
Also, video games for basketball, football, ... should maintain similar data too.

Is there a standard/recommended way to design these databases?

The solution that comes into my mind looks like:

Team and Game

Country (CountryCode pk, CountryName)

City (Country pk fk, CityCode pk, CityName)

Team (TeamCode pk, TeamName, City fk)

Person (Name pk, Birthday pk, Height, Weight, HomeTown fkCity)

Employment (Employee pk fkPerson, JoiningDate pk, TeamCode fk2, DepartureDate, Salary, JerseyNumber)

Game (City...

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Hopefully if you’re reading this, you’ve had a chance to explore our new interactive graphic, “The Complete History Of The NBA,” which tracks each NBA and ABA franchise’s performance through every game of its history.

So now for the exciting part: 2,000 words about autocorrelation and the Akron Firestone Non-Skids.

Actually, this won’t be too bad because Elo is a pretty simple formula. The guts of the system are the same as we used for the NFL and which other researchers have applied to competitions ranging from chess to soccer. For those new to Elo, here are its essential features:

The ratings depend only on the final score of each game and where it was played (home-court advantage). They include both regular-season and playoff games. The principal source for game-by-game scores is Basketball-Reference.com. Teams always gain Elo points after winning games and lose ground after losing them. They gain more points for upset wins and for winning by wider margins....
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So far in our series on draft analytics, we have discussed the relative strengths and weaknesses of statistical models relative to human experts, and we have talked about some of the challenges that occur when building databases. We now turn to questions and issues related to building predictive models of athlete performance.

“What should we predict?” is a deceptively simple question that needs to be answered early and potentially often throughout the modeling process. Early – because we need to have some idea of what we want to predict before the database can be fully assembled. Often – because frequently it will be the case that no one metric performance will be ideal.

There is also the question of what “type” of thing should be predicted. It can be a continuous variable, like how much of something. Yards gained in football, batting average in baseball or points score in basketball would be examples. It can also be categorical (e.g. is the player an all-star or...

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For now, the closest tracked stat to finding out who complains the most is probably the technical foul leaders.


This doesn't always mean the infraction was directed towards the ref, it could be a flagrant foul, taunting, etc. It could also be argued that players who take the most shots (usually star players) have more opportunities (because of high FGA's) to complain to the ref due to a foul not being called that they think should've been.

As of right now, Demarcus Cousins and Kevin Durant are tied for the lead with 15 techs, and LeBron doesn't even make the top 40. This list gives you a starting reference to go by to see who 'acts up' the most in the...

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Can LeBron James one day surpass Michael Jordan as greatest of all time?

> A couple of LeBron James’ teammates believe “The King” might soon surpass Michael Jordan as the greatest of all time. Is this crazy talk, or do they have a legit argument?

Steve Aschburner, NBA.com: Legit argument, or at least getting there. LeBron clearly is lacking in the championships category, and if Golden State (presumably the West’s rep) validates its remarkable season with a championship, he’ll be 2-4 in the Finals vs. Jordan’s 6-0. But that’s just one measure for Greatest Of All Time status. James’ combination of size, speed, power and finesse is unprecedented in NBA history,...

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During a visit to PFT Live on Monday, Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall said that part of the reason Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is so effective is because he gets away with pushing off on defenders covering him “about 98 percent of the time.”

He wasn’t the only member of the Broncos defense to share an opinion about a Patriots player that’s sure to be unpopular in New England. Broncos defensive end Antonio Smith was asked if the Broncos think Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is a crybaby when it comes to pleading with officials for flags during games.

“That would be an accurate statement. I’ve never seen any quarterback look to the referee right after he gets sacked more than Brady,” Smith said, via the Colorado Springs Gazette. “Every time he gets sacked he looks at the ref like, ‘You see him sack me? Was that supposed to happen? He did it a little hard. Please throw a 15-yard penalty on him. Get him fined.'”

Smith added that Brady...

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Bruce writes: If you were building a PAC-12 conference team that had to take full position units (not individual players) from different schools (can't repeat any schools) what would you team look like?

Ted Miller: OK. I'll bite.

The key here is Bruce insisted on no repeats.

QB: California (Jared Goff)

RB: Oregon (Royce Freeman, Thomas Tyner)
WR: Arizona (Cayleb Jones, Samajie Grant, Trey Griffey, David Richards)
TE: Stanford (Austin Hooper, Eric Cotton, Greg Taboada, Dalton Schultz)
OL: USC (Max Tuerk, Toa Lobendahn, Damien Mama, Zach Banner, Viane Talamaivao, Chad Wheeler)

DL: Utah (Hunter Dimick, Lowell Lotulelei, Jason Fanaika, Filipo Mokofisi)
LB: Arizona State (Viliami Moeakiola, DJ Calhoun, Antonio Longino, Christian Sam, Salamo Fiso,...

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