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Lockout. Lockout. Lockout. Part II

Yago: Matt, I would never doubt of you that you had a grip on where the NBA fits in the scheme of things.  And I’m sorry that your fancy chair is in a fancy glass room you have in the middle of your house. No, for real.  Now, you concluded with an interesting sentence:  a […]

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Lockout. Lockout. Lockout.

What follows is an attempt at productive dialogue on every NBA fan’s favorite topic: the NBA lockout. In a 2-part series, you can follow along as famed Michigan professor Santiago Colas and Hoopism Writing Editor Matt Gordon search deep within to analyze where they believe this lockout leaves an NBA fan, and more… Part 1: […]

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NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement Visualized

Unless you’re Larry Coon you probably haven’t spent a great deal of time reading the 2005 NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement (BTW, make sure you follow Larry on Twitter @LarryCoon). We found a pdf online of the agreement and were curious what the most common terms used were. Below is the NBA logo done using word frequency analysis from the […]

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2011 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement

The Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place on August 11th and 12th. We’ve been huge fans of the HOF since we were kids and really wanted to do something based on this event. We were fortunate to have frequent Hoopism contributors Milton Un and Robb Harskamp step up with another amazing illustration. Be […]

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Visualizing Basketball Player Tracking Data

Back in March we attended our first MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. We were fortunate enough to meet up with the awesome guys over at STATS who were showing off their revolutionary player tracking system. We recently reconnected and they were kind enough to lend us some of the data. We created a interactive display that animates the […]

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NBA Team History Word Clouds

We created word clouds for every team in the NBA based on who played the most minutes for each team. The larger names are players who played more, the smaller names are players who played less. Click on the images to download a .pdf version.  We considered using scoring or some metric other than minutes […]

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Fandom and the “Heatles”

Matt Gordon is the writing editor for Hoopism. His posts will be appearing frequently at Hoopism.com over the coming months. You can follow Matt on twitter @matogo18. Last summer completely changed my relationship with basketball. Weirdly, most of the people I have to thank for that are employed by my least favorite team in the history […]

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Who is the Oldest Team in the 2011 NBA Playoffs?

Guest Artist: J.O. Applegate (Bouncex3) We asked J.O. Applegate of Bouncex3.com to “bring his talents” to Hoopism as a guest artist to help us illustrate average team age adjusted for minutes played in the 2011 NBA playoffs. He came back to us with the amazing (and hilarious) artwork below. The number on the bottom left is average […]

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Entire Slam Dunk Contest History On One Poster

Guest Artist: Robb Harskamp Our slam dunk contest video visualization has been called “Dunk Porn”, if so, we consider Robb Harskamp’s Slam Dunk Contest Poster to be the perfect centerfold. Robb’s poster is the kind of work we go crazy over, so we were psyched when he agreed to debut it on Hoopism. As is the Hoopism way, […]

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Basketball Culture 101: Is There a Correct Way to Watch Sports?

Matt Gordon, a student in Professor Yago Colás’ “Cultures in Basketball” class at the University of Michigan , and research contributer at Hoopism.com, has generously agreed to share his experience of “Cultures in Basketball” on our blog. You can also follow Matt on Twitter @matogo18. Last week, I read the fascinating new book Scorecasting and also watched the legendary […]

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