NBA Chemistry: Positive and Negative Synergies in Basketball

  title={NBA Chemistry: Positive and Negative Synergies in Basketball},
  author={Allan Z. Maymin and Philip Maymin and Eugene Shen},
  journal={Int. J. Comp. Sci. Sport},
We introduce a novel Skills Plus Minus (“SPM”) framework to measure on-court chemistry in professional basketball. First, we evaluate each player’s offense and defense in the SPM framework for three basic skill categories: scoring, rebounding, and ball-handling. Next, we simulate games using the skill ratings of the ten players on the court. Finally, we calculate the synergies of each NBA team by comparing their 5-player lineup’s effectiveness to the “sum-of-the-parts.” We find that these… CONTINUE READING

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