Basket Ball on Paper By Dean Oliver
“Basketball on Paper, is a book published by Dean Oliver in 2004, by using statistical analysis in distinguishing the most essential things to win basketball games. The book also provide ways that coaches can use in analyzing the performance of individual players. It is well written and use data from the NBA and very complicated cases in arriving at conclusions. Olivers states that the analytical methods are very important to coaches unless they have a ton of data on the individual players and the team. He believes his conclusions applies better to women basketball than men basketball games. Based on his statistical analysis, he came up with four important key points for team success in NBA, with their relative weights. These are:
1. Get frequently to the foul lines.
2. Get offensive rebounds.
3. Do not commit turnovers.
4. Shoot a high field goal percentage.
Oliver also had some observations based on his analysis:
1. Good offensive players are key to the success of a team than good offensive systems.
2. The efficiency of offensive is critical than pushing the games pace.
3. Teams that are good offensively have both outside and inside scoring.
4. Height is less essential to defensive success than offensive success.
My view on the Subject
Olivers view on NBA teams that perform best is
The first part of the book has a lot of information that compares NBA teams, however, the second part of the book may not provide much assistance to coaches, it provides fodder for NBA buffs to debate. The book are important for coaches to gather information on their opponents and teams to pick optimal defenses and offenses for their teams, evaluate their players and decide good combinations and match up for players. Coaches can use the guidelines to make intuitive decisions.
Oliver, D. (2004). Basketball on paper: rules and tools for performance analysis. Potomac Books, Inc. Washington.