Some Early Numbers

2009 November 18
by rahat huq

•The team is shooting 39% on 3’s in wins, and 30% in losses.

•The four players with the highest number of 3’s taken are Brooks, Ariza, Battier, and Budinger.
–Ariza has taken 72 attempts.
–Brooks has taken 71 attempts.
–Battier has taken 49 attempts.
–Budinger has taken 38 attempts.

•Ariza has shot 37% from 3 in wins and 39% in losses.

•Brooks has shot 43% from 3 in wins and 25% in losses.

•Battier has shot 38% from 3 in wins and 32% in losses.

•Budinger has shot 46% from 3 in wins and 17% in losses.

•In wins, Ariza is shooting 43% overall from the field, while in losses he is shooting 36%.

•In wins, Brooks is shooting 48% overall from the field, while in losses he is shooting 39%.

•In wins, Battier is shooting 38% overall from the field, while in losses he is shooting 41%.

•In wins, Budinger is shooting 52% overall from the field, while in losses he is shooting 28%.

The obligatory disclaimer is that this is still an incredibly small sample size. We already knew that this team’s success on any given night was largely dependent upon overall three point shooting accuracy. But it might almost seem that this is even more specific to exclusively Aaron Brooks (among the top 3 high volume shooters.)

One might even be able to surmise that rather than some broad causal factor influential upon every dependent (ie: a certain opponent guards the 3 point line well), it is Brooks’ accuracy on any given night which has significant causal influence upon the game’s outcome. Still way too early to develop any conclusions, but the figures are nonetheless interesting.

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