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Top 10 Coaching Articles of 2017

Top 10 Coaching Articles of 2017

Anyone else feel like 2017 was a blur? In the coaching business, every year goes fast. As we wrap things up, it’s a great time for reflection. It was a year of strong growth for this blog which makes us very proud. We added some phenomenal contributors to our roster in 2017, so a big thank you

October 29, 2017 - Salt Lake City, UT, Estados Unidos - Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio (3) high fives his teammates guard Rodney Hood (5) and guard Joe Johnson (6) as center Rudy Gobert (27) looks on during the first half of an NBA game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 October 2017. (Credit Image: © George Frey/EFE via ZUMA Press)

The New Era of Basketball Stats: Balancing Analytics and the Eye Test

The Myth of Advanced Stats When I tell people outside of the world of basketball of my experience in “basketball analytics” they often have no idea what that means. I used to explain that it’s like “Moneyball” but for basketball. I’m increasingly hesitant to use this analogy though, because I’ve realized “Moneyball” presents a false

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Support Staff Series, Vol. 5: Q&A with Ben Sander

This fall, FastModel Sports is excited to feature a Support Staff Series of Q&A interviews to show a little love to those coaches who aren’t in the spotlight and don’t sit in the first row of the bench on game day. These are the staff members that work behind the scenes making sure every single


DNA of a Stat: Evaluate Player Contributions with Plus-Minus

DNA of a Stat: Evaluate Player Contributions with Plus-Minus by Dan Hoppen was originally published by Hudl at What better way to find a player’s value than examining whether the team wins or loses when he’s on the court? That’s the power of plus-minus. During a nationally televised game against the Knicks on March 5, ABC’s cameras


DNA of a Stat: Four Factors go Deeper Than Traditional Stats

DNA of a Stat: How the Four Factors go Deeper Than Traditional Counting Stats by Dan Hoppen was originally published by Hudl at Basketball games aren’t played in a vacuum. The Four Factors help coaches adjust for pace of play to get a more accurate view of their team. All shooting percentages are not created equal. Take


DNA of a Stat: The Right Connections Through Lineup Data

DNA of a Stat: Find the Right Connections Through Lineup Data by Dan Hoppen was originally published by Hudl at Some players just play better together. Lineup data will help you pinpoint the right combinations. Few sports require chemistry as much as basketball. Miscommunication can result in defensive lapses or turnovers, while some teammates are so in tune with


Coaching Tools – Possession Chart

Using a possession chart for tracking in-game flow can offer basketball coaches valuable and instantaneous feedback.  One handy tool to use for in-game tracking is this downloadable possession chart template. This chart is used for tracking game flow and can give you valuable real time info such as points per possession (PPP). Tips for using the

March 23, 2015: Brianna Kiesel #3 of the Pittsburgh Panthers shoots a free throw during the 2015 NCAA Division 1 Women's Basketball Championship 2nd round game between the University of Pittsburgh Panthers and the University of Tennessee Lady Vols at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville TN(Credit Image: © Tim Gangloff/Cal Sport Media/

Use the Rules To Your Advantage: A Look at Women’s College Basketball

It seems at least once a week when I watch an NBA game, I see teams employ the “Hack-A-Shaq” strategy. This strategy involves sending poor free throw shooters to the free throw line to help take their opponents out of an offensive rhythm in the process. Now, whether or not this strategy actually works is