Understanding the NBA: Explaining Advanced Defensive Stats and Metrics

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Understanding the NBA: Explaining Advanced Defensive Stats and Metrics
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This is the second part of my three-part series about understanding the complexities of NBA statistics. The next few slides deal with advanced defensive statistics.

While there's no such thing as a perfect statistic, 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.

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 five slides explain the most common of the advanced defensive stats and metrics. Click here for my explanation of the offensive statistics. Check back later for the 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.com82Games.com and HoopData.com.

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