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Put the Ball in the Basket!

How well do you need to shoot the ball to win it all? As we continue our look at the Last Ten Champions at each level, we come to the analysis of shooting percentages. Namely, True Shooting Percentage and Effective Field Goal Percentage. As a refresher from previous blog entries, True Shooting Percentage factors in …

Harden and Lebron’s Big Nights

Sunday night, James Harden had a monster game: 56 points, 13 assists. He was 19-25 from the field (7-8 on three’s, 11-12 from the foul line). There’s really no need for anyone to further prove how awesome a game this is but it does provide a good test case for effective field goal percentage. Quick …

Know Your Stats Vol. 2

Effective Field Goal Percentage is often confused with True Shooting Percentage.  While true shooting percentage brings free throws into the mix in order to more accurately gauge how points are scored, effective field goal percentage focuses on shot attempts from the field and accounts for the fact that three pointers are worth more.  The formula …