New York State Coronavirus Data

With the Coronavirus crisis bringing an end to all professional sports leagues across the world, including the NBA, there have been no basketball games played for nearly a month. As a result, I decided to analyze some Coronavirus data. I used data from Johns Hopkins University which is maintained by the New York Times. Using day-by-day case and death total data from each state, I examined the growth in both…

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Are the 2020s the Decade of Giannis Antetokounmpo?

The 2010s were undoubtedly the decade of Lebron James. He was by far the most dominant player of the decade, averaging 26.5 points per game, 7.6 rebounds per game, and 7.7 assists per game with 3 championships, winning Finals MVP in each, 2 MVPs, 9 All-star appearances, and 9 All-NBA team selections. Now going into the 2020s, a new player appears poised to become the most dominant player of the…

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Takeaways from the Lakers-Clippers Christmas Day Matchup

The much anticipated Christmas Day matchup between the Lakers and the Clippers did not disappoint as the Clippers completed a comeback victory over the Lakers yesterday.  Here are a few takeaways from this matchup. 1. Kawhi Leonard is legit The Kawhi Leonard hype train had been growing since his Finals performance last year. However, going into this matchup, there have been questions as to how good Kawhi truly is as…

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Which LA team will win the Western Conference: Clippers or Lakers?

A third of the way into the 2019-2020 season, the two LA superteams find themselves at the top of the western conference. Even though the Clippers won the first matchup of the year between the two super teams without Paul George, the Lakers have jumped out to a 3 game lead in the standings over the Clippers. With their next matchup coming soon on Christmas Day, the Lakers will get…

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Is Luka Doncic Having the Greatest Sophomore Season of All-Time?

Going into this season it would not have been unreasonable to predict that Luka Doncic might regress after an incredible rookie season that saw him take home the Rookie of the Year award. However, Luka Doncic has not only not regressed but has elevated his level of play to another level. A quarter of the way into the 2019-2020 NBA season, Doncic has averaged 30.1 ppg, 10.0 rpg, and 9.5…

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2019 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference Day 2

Today I went to the second day of the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. I attended the following sessions: Rebooting the Lakers/Celtics Rivalry: This panel featured Jeanie Buss, the Lakers’ owner, and Wyc Grousbeck, the Celtics’ owner, as they talked about their experiences with the Lakers/Celtics rivalry and reminisced about some of the greatest Lakers and Celtics moments. There was clear mutual respect and admiration between the two team owners. Skin…

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2019 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference Day 1

Today I attended the first day of the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. I am thrilled to be here because this is my second year in a row and because I got to see an amazing group of guest speakers today. Today I attended the following sessions: Building Data-Driven Organizations: This panel of various sports business owners gave examples of how data influences their organizations. Basketball Analytics: Hunting for Unicorns:…

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James Harden: Selfish Stat-Padder or Greatest Scorer of All Time?

As of February 23, James Harden’s streak of consecutive 30 point games has reached 32 with no end in sight. While his stats of 36.5 points per game on a 44.2 field goal percentage, 6.7 rebounds, and 7.7 assists per game would go down as one of the greatest seasons in history, his usage percentage this season is the second highest of all time and the Houston Rockets are only…

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Is Markelle Fultz the Biggest Bust of All Time?

The recent announcement of Markelle Fultz’s Thoracic Outlet Syndrome adds to the confusion of the career of the once surefire number one overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft. This could not have been a more disastrous start to his NBA career. So far in his career, he has played in a grand total of 33 games, and even when he has managed to get on the court, the results have…

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How many games will the Lakers win this year?

15 games into Lebron James’ first season with the Lakers, they are 8th place in the Western Conference with an 8-7 record. While still an improvement compared to the last three seasons, their performance is still a little lackluster considering they have the best player on the planet. Previously in 2010, Lebron took his talents to South Beach and joined the Miami Heat for the 2010-2011 season and in 2014…

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