basketball analytics

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.

The Positionless NBA: Grouping players using performance stats

Nikola Jokic is one of the most unique players in the NBA today. He is 7 feet tall but can pass like a point guard, shoot the three and has arguably the best vision among all players regardless of position, however, he is listed as a centre purely based on his height. He is redefining how the league classifies players because as a centre he averaged 7.3 assists per game and brings up the ball regularly for the Nuggets. Basketball is becoming more positionless with each season, so it is a wonder why the NBA continues to segment players with the outdated 5 positions. Instead of putting players into positions based on height and traditional labels, it would be more beneficial to sort the players based on their stats. In this QSAO article, we analyse and group NBA players using important statistical indicators.