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Solving Basketball

Apr 24, 2020

Seth Partnow, NBA Analyst for The Athletic, joins the podcast for episode 34. Seth is in the middle of a series of articles on how the style of play in the NBA has changed over time.

We discussed the findings from his research, the type of data used to quantify style of play, and similarities and differences between the...


Mar 30, 2020

Stephen Gentry, assistant coach at Illinois, joins the podcast for episode 33. This season, Illinois drastically changed their style and scheme on both the offensive and defensive side of the floor.

We discussed the changes from the Spread offense to ball screens and from pressure/deny defense to pack line -- including...


Jan 28, 2020

Todd Golden, head coach of San Francisco, joins the podcast for episode 32. In Todd's first year as head coach, the Dons have been using math/probability for unconventional in-game strategy.

We discussed the decision making process: The math behind the specific strategy, communicating it to players, and committing...


Dec 23, 2019

Fran Fraschilla, basketball analyst for ESPN, joins the podcast for episode 31. We discussed Fran's teams at Manhattan, St. John's, and New Mexico and how the game has trended X's and O's wise since then -- including the origins of Continuity Ball Screen and the Princeton. We also talked about the emergence of analytics...


Dec 3, 2019

John Ezekowitz, a former analytics consultant for the Phoenix Suns, joins the podcast for episode 30. We discussed John's work experience with the Suns and a variety of basketball analytics topics: Intentional fouls against poor shooters, foul or defend up 3, the hot hand, momentum going into OT, and predicting the...