Advanced NBA Stats for Dummies: How to Understand the New Hoops Math

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Advanced NBA Stats for Dummies: How to Understand the New Hoops Math
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In a heated debate over who is the best shooting guard in the league? Advanced stats will win you that argument.

The NBA's analytics revolution (insert Revenge of the Nerds joke here) has changed the way we think and talk about basketball.

These days, you can't have an intelligent conversation about hoops without relevant statistics to back up your thoughts and lend credence to your opinions.

Read any respectable basketball columnist (as well as those striving to reach that level, like yours truly), and you'll come across a plethora of advanced metrics which support their claims and provide astonishing insight into the game.

Don't be blinded by the raw numbers though; it's how you interpret the numbers that really matters, as these are what truly enhance your basketball sophistication.

Use this primer as a guide for which metrics to study when taking an in-depth look at players and teams. Looking at these statistics will paint a more complete portrait of a player's or team's profile while also revealing hidden traits which can support your opinion—or change it entirely.

And don't sweat the calculations. I'll give you tips for where to find all the relevant numbers (Tip No. 1: just have Basketball-Reference.com open in your browser at all times).

Follow along, and you'll discover effective ways to augment your NBA analysis.

 

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