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Moneyball in Basketball

Jen Bowman from Trinity College in Connecticut sent over a link to a really fascinating article written by Michael Lewis, the author of Moneyball. It looks at Shane Battier of the NBA Houston Rockets.

The part I found interesting was the discussion of how Battier tried to defend Kobe Bryant, and what he was willing to give and what he wanted to force. Really complex statistical questions being asked and answered, something you don’t intuitively see when you watch a game. I’d be surprised if very many teams have players that can interpret and apply the data the way Battier can, let alone produce that data in the first place.

The whole thing makes me think we can go even further in our analysis of volleyball stats. Time to give Gil a call . . .

The entire article can be found here.

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BYU Study

Gil Fellingham is a statistics professor at BYU, and is responsible for many of the volleyball studies done here at GMS.  This is an interesting read, and as it turns out Gil is the guy behind it all.