The NBA introduced the three point shot in 1979, but just how much has it impacted the style of play? That's the question Pivotal Data Scientist - and avid NBA fan - Chris Rawles wanted to answer. Chris applied his skills as a data scientist to years worth of NBA statistical data to illustrate just how much the game has changed since players started launching bombs from behind the three point arc nearly forty years ago. In this episode of Pivotal Insights, Chris breaks down his findings, talks to Jeff and Dormain about the tools he used to perform the analytics, and - just to keep things interesting -fills us in on some of the current uses of data analytics by NBA teams.
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News & Resources
- Check out Chris's blog post, Data Science How-To: Using Apache Spark for Sports Analytics
- Chris also breaks down the impact of "Curry Ball" on your March Madness brackets so next year you can stay alive past the second round.
- Want to try your hand at analyzing NBA data? Get all the statistical data you'll need at basketball-reference.com.