Basketball

QSAO’s Biggest Takeaways from the NBA In-Season Tournament

Authors: Callum McIntyre, Skyler Hogan, Connor McCourt Getty Images/Ringer illustration Despite skepticism at first, it is safe to say the NBA’s new in-season tournament has succeeded in elevating the intensity of regular-season action. Along the way, there have been many surprises and things to be excited about. Things are set in place for an incredible …

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A First Half of Glory, Tanking, and Broken Records: The NBA Mid-Season Report

Author: Gideon Beck Editor: Samuel Traynor It’s that time of the year again. Halfway through another NBA season and things are only starting to get interesting. Maybe you’re still hungover from New Years and maybe your bank account is drained from the holidays, but there’s no better remedy for the woes of January than a …

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A First Half of Glory, Tanking, and Broken Records: The NBA Mid-Season Report /January 20, 2023

Author: Gideon Beck Editor: Samuel Traynor It’s that time of the year again. Halfway through another NBA season and things are only starting to get interesting. Maybe you’re still hungover from New Years and maybe your bank account is drained from the holidays, but there’s no better remedy for the woes of January than a …

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QSAO’s Insights around the NBA: After missing out on Giannis, the Raptors shift to Plan B

When Giannis Antetokounmpo signed his five-year, $228-million supermax with the Milwaukee Bucks last week, Plan A for the Raptors was officially dead. It is unusual for a team to \”move on\” from a player they never actually had on their roster (and with no real proof they were ever even close to getting him), but the Raptors must come to terms with the fact that there is no superstar in their future. In this QSAO article, Jared Goodman breaks down the keys to success for the Raptors season without any superstar reinforcements in the near future.

QSAO’s NBA Draft Coverage: Should LaMelo Ball or Anthony Edwards go first overall?

Offseason chaos has been a staple of the NBA over the past few years. This year, there is an overwhelming uncertainty surrounding the Minnesota Timberwolves’ first overall selection. The first pick has not been subject to speculation just 24 hours before the Draft in several years, and the Minnesota Timberwolves have not made any real indication of their plans for the selection. The two overwhelming favourites are, in the eyes of those close to the NBA, LaMelo Ball and Anthony Edwards. In this article, QSAO’s Jared Goodman breaks down the debate between Edwards & Ball, and what to expect in their NBA arrivals.

QSAO’s NBA Finals Breakdown: Looking Ahead for the Heat After A Disastrous Game One

The NBA’s shutdown on March 12th led to months of uncertainty and questions about the future of the 2019-20 season. With a wild summer of player movement in 2019, it was almost criminal to think that this new-look NBA may not crown a champion this season. Nevertheless, the NBA found a way. On Wednesday, September 30, nearly seven months after the shutdown, the NBA’s restart began its epic conclusion in Game One of the Finals between the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers. In this article, QSAO’s Jared Goodman provides his 2020 NBA Finals breakdown after Game One.

NBA Free Throws: Median vs Average

In statistics class, we are taught the difference between average and median. Both are useful in certain situations however for some reason, lots of people use average when the situation calls for the median. One place where medians could be used instead of averages is with team free throw percentage, particularly in end of game situations. The end of games play out much differently than the rest of the game so the normal free throw numbers shouldn’t apply because it is different players taking the shots. In this QSAO piece, we compare and contrast the use of median vs. Average free throw numbers in the NBA.

QSAO\’s Analytics Mythbusters: Breaking down positional nuances (Part Two)

As we progress through the seasons of various professional sports, we start to notice trends worth looking into. As I have ben to expand my analytical prowess, I have learned to develop my own questions, and look to answer them through the published work of others – something that QSAO does for the sports community (Look out for all-new content next semester! – shameless plug). But I digress, in Part Two of the latest edition of QSAO’s Analytics Mythbusters, we look into load management in the NBA and how the Houston Astro’s sign-stealing scandal affected team performance.