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Old February 11 2014, 10:03 PM   #77
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Re: NBA Season - 2013-2014

^^ I think advanced analytics in the NBA will be useful to some teams with certain players. Problem with the NBA is that regardless of a player's advanced stats, a Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, or LeBron James, could just mess all of it up. You could put your little team of 8-9 guys with off the charts per minute stats and scores and win a lot of regular season games but get squashed in the playoffs because the other team's stars are simply better.

Also, NBA basketball is such a game of emotion, way more so than baseball or even football, that guys get all pumped up and play way over their heads particularly in the playoffs. Hollinger has been pushing this stuff for years and on paper a lot of times it has made sense. But when you're in the heat of the playoffs and you have LeBron coming down the lane holding the ball over his head, the advanced analytics as well as the players on the opposing team, are going to step aside.
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