Pro Basketball Prospectus

Author: John Hollinger

Publisher: Potomac Books

ISBN: 9781574886559

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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Where other basketball annuals simply reflect statistics back to the reader like a mirror, Hollinger's prospectus instead "x-rays" statistics and gives an in-depth look at rookies and how they develop--or sometimes don't.
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Blue Ribbon College Basketball Forecast

Author: Chris Dortch

Publisher: Potomac Books Incorporated

ISBN: 9781574884319

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 383

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Offers a guide to every Division I team, including conference standings, statistics, and tournament results.
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Chasing Perfection

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the High-Stakes Game of Creating an NBA Champion

Author: Andy Glockner

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0306824035

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 288

View: 7325

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Chasing Perfection goes behind the scenes of the multi-million dollar, high-stakes world of basketball player development, research and analysis, and the often secretive, cutting-edge methods that NBA franchises use to turn less-expensive, supporting players into vital parts of championship teams. NBA superstars push as close to perfection as we're likely to see, but they are few and far between. The farther you get from the league's top echelon of talent, the more it's up to the players—and their teams—to develop and utilize their strengths while diminishing and masking their weaknesses as much as possible. There are no perfect basketball players, but there are plenty of perfected ones, who start with a basis of skill and physical ability and then are refined further and further in order to move closer and closer to their absolute potential. In Chasing Perfection, national sportswriter Andy Glockner reveals that, though the concept of player improvement is as old as basketball itself, the current era of Big Data analytics in the NBA is transforming that process more quickly and aggressively than anything we have seen before. Players are learning more and more about themselves through video and data visualization, seeing how things like diet and sleep can impact their performance, and learning how having healthy joints and role-specific workout plans are lengthening and improving their careers. Teams are internalizing the same lessons, as well as figuring out how to better implement optimal on-court strategies, how to refine their approaches to player acquisition and how to gauge the varying values and success rates of different, crucial team-building strategies. It's an absolutely fascinating time to be a fan, as the marriage of basketball and technology is bringing two of our most popular and competitive worlds together in compelling fashion. Using the 2014–15 NBA season as a prism to explore this mesh of sport and science, Glockner offers detailed perspective from NBA players, coaches, team management, and media, offering a comprehensive insider's view of how analytics are shaping the basketball we watch, and how those who are lagging behind in the technology race already are feeling the competitive hit.
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The ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia, Fifth Edition

Author: Gary Gillette,Pete Palmer

Publisher: Sterling

ISBN: N.A

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 1872

View: 1020

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From the sports experts at ESPN comes the most informative baseball compilation ever created—and the next best thing to watching the home team win! “I want a bumper sticker: You can have my Baseball Encyclopedia when you tear it from my cold, dead hands.” —Bill James, author of the Historical Baseball Abstract “Baseball fans haven’t been able to get this much for so little since baseball cards were a quarter a pack.” —Mat Olkin, writer and editor for USA Today and Sports Weekly A baseball lover’s ultimate guide, based on a remarkable database compiled by the award-winning godfather of statistical baseball analysis, Pete Palmer, and edited by baseball historian and commentator Gary Gillette. Featuring totally revised and up-to-date statistics, this all-star encyclopedia presents the most complete and accurate portrait of the game of baseball ever compiled. Brought to fans at an unbeatable price, it’s brimming with illuminating essays and information. There’s comprehensive year-by-year and team-by-team batting and pitching statistics for all players in major league history; all-time leaders in 150 categories; all-inclusive coverage of career interruptions due to wartime military service; the most authoritative Negro League stats anywhere; and countless fascinating data about teams, managers, and ballparks. Plus every record ever set is noted and every active major league player’s numbers updated, with a detailed record of everything that happened in pro baseball this year.
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