No I'm not talking about Allen Iverson, I'm talking about Artificial Intelligence.
In this post I put the Cleveland Cavaliers through the machine learning ringer and find out why certain lineups are working , why others aren't and most importantly how to get the most out of them.
The spotlight for the Cavs has really been on the defensive end and with the integration of Isaiah Thomas. The findings in this post go into some of the reasons why the defense is struggling as well as how to get the most out of Isaiah lineups.
With the fresh news of Kevin Love fracturing his hand and being out for 6-8 weeks, It's a perfect time to also look at what line-ups work without Love in them.
What have we learned out of all this?
Defense & Shooting is certainly an issue for the Cavs and it's consistent with the general consensus from most NBA analysts and the general fan. This is a good thing, as the data is backing up the eye test and the general perception.
However what we have found specifically is that:
With all the talk of the Cavs defensive problems, I have put the below video together which shows 4 straight defensive plays. It's a microcosm of the real problems that are going on with the Cavs:
Previously I took my machine learning algorithm and found line-up specific insights for the Dallas Mavericks.
Continuing on with the machine learning theme of the last few posts, where previously I had looked at how a high level scouting report can be created for teams. I now wanted to get into some nitty-grity detail and see what insights machine learning can discover in terms of specific 5 man line-ups.
My last few posts have been based around producing a scouting report from a machine learning algorithm I have put together.
Where is the future for NBA analytics going? The buzz words you will hear more and more over the next few years will be “artificial intelligence”, “machine learning” and “deep learning”.
This is one of the hardest measures in basketball, how good or bad of a job is a head coach doing?
NBA Summer League is pretty early to call “bust” isn’t it? Yeah it sounds crazy and it might be rash, but hang in there with me.
For more than 25% of NBA teams, the first offensive set of the game looks to be predictable.
We have hit a milestone in the NBA schedule as we move through Christmas. So what better time to check in and analyze which players are hurting their teams, with poor on court decisions and simple skill errors which I tally up in my Coach Killer metric.
“Coach Killer” as defined by urbandictionary.com – "Any dumb or accidental action that causes an enormous let down, especially if it occurs at a critical time ".
The humble on-ball screen has been around since the beginning of basketball. For decades the formula has been simple, send one of your team's big guys to set an on-ball screen for your guard and that in itself will create a heap of options offensively. Whether it be allowing the guard to drive to the basket, the big guy to roll to the basket or the big popping to the perimeter to shoot a 3 to name a few.
The 6 point swing.
One of the biggest perceived momentum changing plays in basketball, where a team misses a 3 point shot and the opposing team drills a 3 pointer on the very next play, therefore causing a 6 point swing...
The latest reports have Stephen Curry coming back from injury sometime in the 2nd round series vs the Portland Trailblazers. The Blazers will be looking to steal early wins in the series whilst Curry sits, but how are they going to do it? And what adjustments are the Warriors making without Curry?
Here is the scenario:
Well maybe not totally forget about them, but regardless of what schemes a team tries to implement to stop the duo they are going to score whether the Thunder win or lose. More about that later.
Limit elbow touches, paint touches, post touches and passes out of the post. Simple right?
Make him do a left hand layup. That sounds pretty basic and logical right? Basketball 101 stuff? It is that basic.