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Romain Vuillemot

Assistant Professor
École Centrale de Lyon
LIRIS Laboratory

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Characterization of Space and Time-Dependence of 3-Point Shots in Basketball

Gabin Rolland, Romain Vuillemot, Wouter Bos, Nathan Rivière

Conference: MIT Sloan Conference 2020
Proceedings: MIT Sloan Conference 2020

Understanding characteristics of 3-point shots is paramount for modern basketball success, as in recent decades, 3-point shots have become more prevalent in the NBA. They accounted for 33,6% of the number of total shots in 2017-2018, compared to only 3% in 1979-1980. In this paper, we aim at better understanding the connections between the type of 3-point shooting (catch-and-shoots and pull-ups) and the timing for shooting, using two distinct space-time models of player motion. Those models allow us to identify individual behavior as a function of specific defensive settings, e.g. shot-behavior when a player is guarded closely. We assess our models using SportVU data for specific NBA players and our code is open-source to enable more players and teams explorations, as well as to support further research and application of those models, beyond basketball and sport.

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  ADDRESS = {Boston, United States},
  YEAR = {2020},
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