I used play-by-play data to visualize minute-by-minute plus-minus stats for individual games and seasons. I looked at Stephen Curry’s crazy third quarters from the 2016-17 season as a test case for this type of chart for Nylon Calculus, here.

Below are some individual games from Steph’s season, starting with Dec 5, 2015,

01-plus-minus-dec-5-2015-v-raptors

December 8th 2015,

02-plus-minus-dec-8-2015-v-pacers

January 16th, 2016,

03-plus-minus-jan-16-2016-v-pistons

and finally, January 11th, 2016.

04-plus-minus-jan-11-2016-v-heat

Here’s the incremental plus-minus for Stephen Curry for an average game in 2015-16.

05-plus-minus-2015_16-average-game

Here’s the same chart, discretized into blocks of 1, 3, 6, and 12 minutes.

06-plus-minus-2015-16-histograms

Now, on to the 2016-17 season.

07-plus-minus-2016-17-average-game

And here is the 2016-17 chart broken down by blocks of time.

08-plus-minus-2016-17-histograms

And, finally, here’s the comparison of 2015-16 vs. 2016-17.

09-plus-minus-two-year-comparison

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