Getting Into the Season: Pacer Hot and Cold Spots
We at 8p9s are going to be using a couple of visuals this season to help see how the team and individual players are doing in the areas of scoring, defending, and shooting. For the scoring and defending, we’ll be using the spiderwebs we introduced during last year’s playoffs, sourcing the data from the great mysynergysports.com.
For shooting performance, we’ll be using a modified shot chart with shooting zones colored in blue (cold) or red (hot) to indicate above or below league average. It will look something like this:
For this data, we’re using the shot location info for the 2010-11 season provided by Hoopdata. The ranges will be “At the Rim”, “3 to 15 feet” (combining “3 to 9″ and “10 to 15″ range), “16 to 23 feet”, and “Three Pointers.” And what you see from the Pacers’ biggest offseason addition here is as good as you can hope for from a player that gets heavy minutes. West was well above league average in every spot, excluding three point range – where he only took 9 attempts.
As the season progresses, we’ll be evolving and fine tuning the presentation, but we hope you find this useful.
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Thanks, and Happy Holidays to you and yours.