Blocks Per Minute: Anthony Davis

Below is a scatter plot of blocks and minutes played since 2007 (entire careers, through 2012 season). Anthony Davis blocked a lot of shots.

I don’t usually write too much with my posts, but felt this was important enough…

While going through the charted data, I came across the name Kenny George and my heart sank. He only came on TV a few times, but when he did social media nearly exploded. He was between 7′ 9″ and 7′ 11″. There was so much attention paid to him when he had televised games but, as that last link shows, the attention died down afterwards. Even after his three-month hospitalized battle with a foot infection (where he fought for his life), the number of search queries was about ten times less than when he first came on television.

In any case, he had the eighth-best block-per-minute ratio. (Papa Lo had the highest).

Anthony Davis Most Efficient Shot Blocker Ever? No

As pointed out in this post by Matt Johnson, Anthony Davis might be the closest thing we’ve seen to Bill Russell. And he doesn’t foul too much either. In the photo below, his entire body is so close to the shooter, but it doesn’t look like he’s touching him at all (even his fingers!). Crazy body control.

Anthony Davis' Crazy Block


Visualizing (un)Balanced College Hoops Teams

My last post only shows the names of two teams. I’ve added in more teams at the request of “Nick.” The plot at the bottom is for 2012 only.

I sure could use an interactive version of this.

The most interesting thing to me is on the graph for the 2012 season. Look at Missouri and Louisville. Each looks like the inverse of the other. Then you consider their tournament results.

Data Visualization on Balanced College Basketball Teams

Data Visualization on Balanced College Basketball Teams in 2012

Best Season Since 1998? A Perspective on Kentucky

In my day job, a lot of respect is given to the Gartner Magic Quadrant. The chart below attempts to plot regular season college basketball data into a similar structure. But the measurements here are much more basic than Gartner’s process.

2012 Kentucky looks like a historically well-balanced team in the one-and-done era. Interestingly enough, while putting this together, I listened to the Apr 4 CBS College Hoops Podcast where Matt Norlander and crew debated whether Kentucky was better than the 1999 Duke.

College Basketball Magic Quadrant: Best Season in the One-and-Done Era? A Perspective on Kentucky

Side note: If you have any interest in attempting to create a more detailed measurement system similar to the Gartner MQ criteria (“ability to execute” and “completeness of vision”), let me know.