POINTWISE: Predicting Points and Valuing Decisions in Real Time with NBA Optical Tracking Data

@inproceedings{Cervone2014POINTWISEPP,
  title={POINTWISE: Predicting Points and Valuing Decisions in Real Time with NBA Optical Tracking Data},
  author={Dan Cervone and Luke Bornn and Kirk Goldsberry},
  year={2014}
}
Basketball is a game of decisions; at any moment, a player can change the character of a possession by choosing to pass, dribble, or shoot. The current state of basketball analytics, however, provides no way to quantitatively evaluate the vast majority of decisions that players make, as most metrics are driven by events that occur at or near the end of a possession, such as points, turnovers, and assists. We propose a framework for using player-tracking data to assign a point value to each… CONTINUE READING

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