The most crucial next step in basketball analytics is discovering expected value (EV)Unlike baseball, where we have a game of a somewhat comparable sort of repetition but also knowledge of how many runs produce wins and players routinely move to and from a highly developed minor league structure, basketball analysis still struggle with a relativity dilemma. A lot of this stems from, for lack of better words, establishing a standard by which a decision is "break even." Because from there, we can better understand which decisions contribute to winning against those that contribute to losing. Once we get there, we can better understand variance and what constitutes adequate sample sizes of possessions on which to base conclusions with acceptable margins of error.
So, yeah, Kobe's scary and crazy using just about all figurative and literal definitions of those two words possible:
Is Kyrie Irving the next Chris Paul? When I first heard, I though, no way he can be anywhere near as good a shooter. After watching Irving a bit, the kid can shoot anyone out of the gym, I think. I can't say I've seen enough of him to comment on his basketball I.Q., but I'll say the CP3's is in a class second-to-none, so we'll have to wait and see at least 4-to-6 years on Irving.
"From television partners to the biggest names in the sport's history, Hunter has to make a case for a union that's mostly composed of young, rich African-American men. As for the PR war, Hunter confesses, 'We can't win it.'
"The public will forever believe the players are overpaid, that the system tilts against the owners, no matter how the facts play out. Still, Hunter sounds unwilling to sit back and let Stern and the owners dictate the terms of engagement. That's how it's always gone, but Hunter sounds willing to treat Stern's surrogates like the commissioner himself: as an enemy of the players association."