Today I got into a really good discussion with a super basketball mind about whether or not the adage of defense being inside-out is still accurate. With the proliferation of the 3-pointer, has defense become outside in?
To get a statistical answer to this, I broke the league into three categories: The top 20%, middle 60% and bottom 20%. Then I broke it into three categories: stopping shot attempts in the restricted area, stopping shots from 3-point range overall, and stopping just corner threes. Then I looked at defending the shot (or FG%) from those same three areas.
From there I looked at the combined winning percentage of the teams in the top, middle and bottom of each section.
Using Stats VU Player Tracking, here are the players whose frontcourt touches turn into assist, as well as the players whose frontcourt touches turn into the fewest assists.
Here are the top 25 players at turning frontcourt touches into an assist.
After watching the Kings last night I decided to see who throws the fewest passes in the NBA. I’m using the NBA player tracking data to do this. This includes players who play at least 20 minutes a game.
Here are the top 20 players who pass the least.