Understanding the NBA: Explaining Advanced Offensive Stats and Metrics

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Understanding the NBA: Explaining Advanced Offensive Stats and Metrics
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There's no such thing as a perfect statistic, but there is such a thing as the perfect application of a statistic. 

While some people believe too fully that there is nothing more to basketball than the "human aspect," others realize that numbers can explain a whole lot about the action on the court. Those that embrace the numbers generally tend to see their knowledge of the game increase, but only if they know how to use the stats.

Now I do understand that some of the advanced stats and metrics can be a bit intimidating because they're unfamiliar and, in some cases, complicated. It doesn't help that we're force-fed traditional, sometimes useless stats by the media.

Every time I see someone immediately dismiss an advanced statistic because it's "useless," it kills a little part of me. No stat is worthless if you know how to use it. 

The following nine slides explain the most common of the advanced offensive stats and metrics. Check back later for the defensive and overall ones.

And as always, feel free to leave any comments or questions in the appropriate section.   

You can find all of these stats and more at Basketball-Reference.com, 82Games.com and HoopData.com.

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