The Price of Anarchy in Basketball

@article{Skinner2010ThePO,
  title={The Price of Anarchy in Basketball},
  author={B. Skinner},
  journal={Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports},
  year={2010},
  volume={6}
}
  • B. Skinner
  • Published 2010
  • Mathematics, Economics, Physics
  • Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports
Optimizing the performance of a basketball offense may be viewed as a network problem, wherein each play represents a “pathway" through which the ball and players may move from origin (the in-bounds pass) to goal (the basket). Effective field goal percentages from the resulting shot attempts can be used to characterize the efficiency of each pathway. Inspired by recent discussions of the “price of anarchy" in traffic networks, this paper makes a formal analogy between a basketball offense and a… Expand
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