Shot selection

Inspired by Ben Falk from Cleaning the Glass, I made some charts to illustrate league-wide trends in the relative value of 3-pointers vs. 2-pointers.

I created an interactive dashboard showing trends in shot selection. The widths of the bars show the fraction of field-goal attempts taken at the rim (in blue), from 3 (green), and everywhere in between (red). The heights of the bars show the average number of points per shot from each location. Click on the image below to filter by team, player, or year.

I took a Game-of-Thrones-inspired look at mid-range realm by breaking down point-per-possession scoring rates into 4 components: (1) from midrange, (2) at the rim, (3) from the FT line, and (4) from 3-pt.

Brook Lopez is modern shot selection personified. I used a GIF builder called GIMP 2 to animate heat maps from NBA.com to demonstrate how his shot chart has evolved over the years:

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