3 Stats & Reports to Help You Choose the Right Strategy for This Season

With the sea­son rapid­ly approach­ing, it’s time to start build­ing your game plan. Accelerate that process with stats linked to video.

3 Stats & Reports to Help You Choose the Right Strategy for This Season

With the sea­son rapid­ly approach­ing, it’s time to start build­ing your game plan. Accelerate that process with stats linked to video.

There are a lot of things to con­sid­er as you begin to craft your strat­e­gy for the upcom­ing sea­son. Your team must replace the pro­duc­tion of depart­ed seniors and trans­fers and deter­mine which younger play­ers are best suit­ed to step into larg­er roles. While your over­all style may not under­go sweep­ing changes, it’s impor­tant to tweak your game plan based on your cur­rent team’s abilities.

Allow the sta­tis­tics to help you. By exam­in­ing last year’s num­bers and watch­ing the video con­nect­ed to them, you can find use­ful nuggets to help shape your cur­rent squad.

We rec­om­mend you get famil­iar with these three types of data as you devel­op your plan for this year.

For what­ev­er rea­son, some ath­letes just play bet­ter togeth­er. Chemistry is cru­cial in bas­ket­ball, and cer­tain play­ers feel more com­fort­able play­ing with one anoth­er. When they have full trust in one anoth­er, they seem to share an almost tele­ki­net­ic con­nec­tion, always know­ing where their team­mates will be.

Lineup data helps you find the most lethal com­bi­na­tions. It shows you which groups of play­ers are most effi­cient offen­sive­ly, which lock down the oppo­si­tion best, and who owns the boards togeth­er. It can also shine a spot­light on play­ers that don’t mesh that well.

It’s a sim­pler process than you’d expect,” Tucker Zeleny, the direc­tor of sports ana­lyt­ics and data at the University of Nebraska, said. It makes it pret­ty easy to look at the five-play­er com­bi­na­tions. We look at, Here’s our best, here’s our worst.’ We try to look at our most com­mon com­bi­na­tions when we’re putting a lot of weight into it.”

The key to hav­ing an effec­tive offense is your ath­letes get­ting shots in the areas where they tru­ly excel. This is why shot charts are so valu­able. They clear­ly dis­play each athlete’s shoot­ing per­cent­age and vol­ume from dif­fer­ent spots on the court.

Hudl links shot charts to video, which gives them an extra boost. Now you not only see where your ath­letes pros­per, but also why. This infor­ma­tion can be crit­i­cal to build­ing your offense and deter­min­ing what plays to run for each player.

When I can look at the chart and see what’s going on, I’ll click on the spe­cif­ic area and that’ll pull up video,” Chris Horton, the women’s coach at Lone Oak High School (Texas), said. If I’ve got a girl that’s hav­ing trou­ble scor­ing inside, why? What’s she doing? It helps me coach them. It helps me big pic­ture with offen­sive design, but it also helps me help them. I’ll go into each indi­vid­ual area and I’ll pull up the video.”

Shot charts go beyond the indi­vid­ual. Look at team shot charts to expose areas where every­one strug­gles. Consider devot­ing some addi­tion­al prac­tice time to those spaces or cre­at­ing new plays to get bet­ter looks.

The beau­ty of VPS is that it takes min­utes out of the equa­tion. Whether an ath­lete played 35 min­utes or 10, this all-encom­pass­ing stat com­piles his or her con­tri­bu­tions into one num­ber to define their performance.

VPS brings to light the effi­cien­cy quo­tient that can be hid­den by tra­di­tion­al count­ing stats. By bal­anc­ing both pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive con­tri­bu­tions, it pro­vides a more com­plete view of how an ath­lete actu­al­ly performs.

It takes the pos­i­tive stuff, divides it by the neg­a­tive and gives you a val­ue point sys­tem,” Ryan Fretz, the head coach at Clyde High School (Ohio), said. It tru­ly shows how effi­cient­ly how your play­ers are play­ing. Your star can come out and say, I had 22 points and 10 rebounds last night.’ Yeah, but you also missed ten free throws, had five turnovers and took 30 shots in the game. Look how much more effi­cient you could be if you took care of the ball and had bet­ter shot selection.’ 

Colleges look at it. The NBA looks at it. They don’t just look at points and rebounds and assists. We’re look­ing at the effi­cien­cy of the players.”

VPS could help you iden­ti­fy play­ers who thrived in less­er roles last year, but might be ready to step up this season.

This is just a small sam­ple of the data you can exam­ine from last year’s team to set this year’s up for suc­cess. With every­thing linked to video, it’ll be easy to get a good idea of what your team needs and who can step up. To learn about more impor­tant stats, be sure to check out our free Basketball Stat Handbook

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