Per Minute Basketball Stats
".... Per minute stats are a good manner to compare players within a
team, seeing how a player off the bench might fare compared to the player in front of
him in the rotation, but we must be careful about players who scarcely play - Jackie
Butler may have averaged 96 points per 48 in the 5 minutes he played for the Knicks last
year, but very doubtful he could have achieved it. Also, we must be careful comparing
players from one team to another.
For example, last season Steve Nash average 16.1
assists per 48 while Tony Parker averaged just 8.6 - a large part of the reason for that
is the pace and style Phoenix plays gives Nash more opportunities than Parker.
Per-48 Stats is not meant to be a projection of what a player would average if he played
48 minutes per game. Keep in mind that it is simply an expression of per-minute stats.
They are expressed as per-48 so that the resulting averages are easy to deal with:
"23 points per 48 minutes" is easier to read and understand than " 0,479
points per minute". ...."
About the Possessions Concept
"....When using possessions to rate offenses and defenses, an
excellent exercise in getting to know basketball, the benefits of this definition becomes
We'll analyze the following 2 situations: 1) A player brings the ball up court, takes a 20
foot jump shot and makes it. 2) A player brings the ball upcourt, takes a 20 foot jump
>misses, but a teammate rebounds, misses the putback, then get his own rebound and
finally puts in a layup.
The first situation involves one scoring possession and one total possession regardless of
which definition is used.
The second situation has one scoring and one total possession using Denver's Definition.
Using the other meaning, the second situation involves one scoring possession and three
Now, which situation represented the better offense ? ...."
"....We can define the best passing team
to be the team that can best make the difficult passes that produce points. By means of
percentage - the percentage of a team's field goals that were assisted on the eBA
Basketball Statistics Analysis System tells us more about a team's style than their
Another obvious element is that this metric is
somewhat dependent on how often a team made three-pointers, because the circumstantial
numerical evidence that so many three-pointers are assisted.
It is not surprising at all that three-pointers tend to get more assists, having a portion
of two-pointers which are "un-assistable", the result of put-backs and tip-ins,
while few threes are shot off of the dribble. ......"
The complete expositions are presented at "eBA CLINICS ONLINE"
All the terminology is analyzed at the Global
|Let's Talk Defense!
By: Herb Brown
Herb Brown's experience and defensive knowledge makes 'Let's Talk
Defense!' a mustread for any Basketball player or coach. The concepts demonstrated in his
book are the same ones a great player must use when guarding some of the best players in
Herb Brown teach us the most fundamental aspect of the game and that is 'great defense
wins championships'. This book will explain the basic concepts of how it is done. This is
the essential guide for coaching defense. Loaded with drills, tips, and step-by-step
diagrams. 'Let's Talk Defense!' includes: making the transition from offense to defense;
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creating havoc for the opposition and leading the opponent to concede points off
Herb Brown served as head coach of the Detroit Pistons from 1976 to 1978, where he
led his team to the playoffs twice. Since then, he has worked with many professional
teams, including the Chicago Bulls, Portland Trailblazers, and Philadelphia 76ers. A
six-time coach of the year, he rejoined the Pistons in 2004, where he assisted his
brother, head coach Larry Brown, toward his first NBA title. He is currently an assistant
under Mike Woodson with the Atlanta Hawks.