RSS

Monthly Archives: August 2011

True Reasons Behind Work Stoppage… on this Blog

Lately I was somewhere between mailing it in and full speed mostly because of the lockout in the NBA but there was also one behind-the-scene reason for this: I’ve started to struggle with decisions about this blog.
Not “there’s a lockout so I have nothing to write about” variety but those regarding blog’s nature and future.
To explain why I’ll use some stats in a context of my expectations before starting this whole thing:

Blog had over 10.000 views in less than 3 months. I consider that part a huge success.
Maybe my bar was set low, maybe those were mostly spammers or maybe I was simply lucky that Neil Paine was kind enough to include this blog on a StatHead [which I’m still grateful for] but either way that’s a really positive sign for me. What’s even more encouraging is fun with translate.google.com to understand why people from China or Italy or any other unexpected location have found one of my posts useful.

But inadvertently it created a lot of questions for me which I haven’t anticipated [mostly because I haven’t thought about it at all], for example:

  • how much I should write for myself [obscure subjects, comments about others’ work etc] vs potential/actual readers [new analysis/topics as current and interesting as possible]?
  • Should it become a personal diary of topics researched or should I try to reach as many people as possible?
  • How much time should I spend researching for new posts vs promoting posts which I’ve already finished?

It’s even more difficult when I try to include following aspects…

Counting this one I’ve written 87 posts in less than 100 days. I have very mixed feelings about this part.
On one hand “nice efficiency!”, “I’ve explored so many topics!” and “on that pace I will finish all of my half-baked ideas this year!” but on the other hand I’ve spent waaaaaay too much time on this blog not only more than I’ve expected but probably more than I should have. What’s more, I started to wonder about things like “did quantity hurt quality?” and “have I became too… robot-like?”… and I don’t have enough data to answer it because…

Blog had 319 comments but more than a half of them were pingbacks. I consider that part a huge failure.
Average of less than one not-mine comment per post? Either there’s something really fundamentally off here [too much data? not interesting enough?] or again my expectations were simply wrong but I’m totally disappointed in number of discussions created. Especially when that was one the points behind creating this blog. Ironic thing about this topic is… how can I answer these questions without any feedback? ;-)

Even though those 3 weeks didn’t help with any of above topics [and I’m not sure what will] an emphatic remainder that there won’t be NBA for a long time made a few things very clear for me:

There’s really no point in uber-activity during summer while winter appears to be so uneventful sport-wise.
At least right now I can focus on a winner in a race for my second favorite sport…

I should take a break from writing.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved the whole experience, I think I still have a lot to explore and I definitely will be back [late August? Early September? Right now I have no idea when] but I feel like I need to slow down, take a step back and take a break for a fresher point of view, to recharge NBA batteries and maybe to come up with some conclusions about long-term plans for this blog… See you soon!

EDIT on 19th September: Yikes!
I wrote “maybe I was simply lucky that Neil Paine was kind enough to include this blog on a StatHead [which I’m still grateful for]”… and 5 weeks later there’s news “Stathead is Closing Down….” (http://www.sports-reference.com/stathead/2011/09/stathead-is-closing-down/).
Fortunately there are some positive news on the lockout front… Oh, wait… Yeah…

Advertisements
 
6 Comments

Posted by on August 7, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Shooting Fouls Committed in the NBA in 2010-11

Simple question: which players committed the most shooting fouls last season?
As with most of fringe stats I tried Google first and results were disappointing: there’s nothing on this topic!

IMHO that’s inexcusable so this week I’ll focus on different types of fouls drawn and committed in the last 5 years… which means light schedule didn’t quite work out because there was simply too much information to wait [although I will still publish data-heavy posts with any analysis about it planned for later].

All data about fouls are based on play-by-play data from ESPN.com/NBAhere’s a random example.
The rest is from www.basketball-reference.com where: “TOT” = someone played for multiple teams.

BTW, I intentionally missed offensive fouls and flagrant fouls because I’ve covered them earlier and you can check data for previous seasons: 2009-10, 2008-09, 2007-08 and 2006-07.

Without further ado, here’s a full list of three different type of fouls committed in the NBA in 2010-11:
Read the rest of this entry »

 
6 Comments

Posted by on August 4, 2011 in Fringe Stats

 

Tags: , , , , , ,

Shooting & Loose Fouls Drawn in the NBA in 2010-11

Simple question: which players drew the most fouls last season?
You could guess it from free throws attempts but how many of them were rewarded for actual shooting fouls?

As with most of fringe stats I tried Google first and results were disappointing: the only article about it is
“NBA Foul Drawing Leaders” by 82games.com… from 2006-07 season… through Feb. 13th.

IMHO that’s inexcusable so this week I’ll focus on different types of fouls drawn and committed in the last 5 years… which means light schedule didn’t quite work out because there was simply too much information to wait [although I will still publish data-heavy posts with any analysis about it planned for later].

All data about fouls are based on play-by-play data from ESPN.com/NBAhere’s a random example.
The rest is from www.basketball-reference.com where:
“GP” = Games Played, “TOT” = total so it means that someone played for multiple teams.

BTW, I intentionally missed offensive fouls and flagrant fouls because I’ve covered them earlier and you can check data for previous seasons: 2009-10, 2008-09, 2007-08 and 2006-07.

Without further ado, here’s a full list of three different type of fouls drawn in the NBA in 2010-11:
Read the rest of this entry »

 
13 Comments

Posted by on August 3, 2011 in Fringe Stats

 

Tags: , , , , , ,

Shooting Fouls Committed in the NBA in 2009-10

Simple question: which players committed the most shooting fouls last season?
As with most of fringe stats I tried Google first and results were disappointing: there’s nothing on this topic!

IMHO that’s inexcusable so this week I’ll focus on different types of fouls drawn and committed in the last 5 years… which means light schedule didn’t quite work out because there was simply too much information to wait [although I will still publish data-heavy posts with any analysis about it planned for later].

All data about fouls are based on play-by-play data from ESPN.com/NBAhere’s a random example.
The rest is from www.basketball-reference.com where: “TOT” = someone played for multiple teams.

BTW, I intentionally missed offensive fouls and flagrant fouls because I’ve covered them earlier and you can check data for different seasons: 2010-11, 2008-09, 2007-08 and 2006-07.

Without further ado, here’s a full list of three different type of fouls committed in the NBA in 2009-10:
Read the rest of this entry »

 
3 Comments

Posted by on August 2, 2011 in Fringe Stats

 

Tags: , , , , , ,

Shooting & Loose Fouls Drawn in the NBA in 2009-10

Simple question: which players drew the most fouls last season?
You could guess it from free throws attempts but how many of them were rewarded for actual shooting fouls?

As with most of fringe stats I tried Google first and results were disappointing: the only article about it is
“NBA Foul Drawing Leaders” by 82games.com… from 2006-07 season… through Feb. 13th.

IMHO that’s inexcusable so this week I’ll focus on different types of fouls drawn and committed in the last 5 years… which means light schedule didn’t quite work out because there was simply too much information to wait [although I will still publish data-heavy posts with any analysis about it planned for later].

All data about fouls are based on play-by-play data from ESPN.com/NBAhere’s a random example.
The rest is from www.basketball-reference.com where:
“GP” = Games Played, “TOT” = total so it means that someone played for multiple teams.

BTW, I intentionally missed offensive fouls and flagrant fouls because I’ve covered them earlier and you can check data for different seasons: 2010-11, 2008-09, 2007-08 and 2006-07.

Without further ado, here’s a full list of three different type of fouls drawn in the NBA in 2009-10:
Read the rest of this entry »

 
4 Comments

Posted by on August 1, 2011 in Fringe Stats

 

Tags: , , , , , ,