Trends in NBA and Euroleague basketball: Analysis and comparison of statistical data from 2000 to 2017

Autoři: Radivoj Mandić aff001;  Saša Jakovljević aff001;  Frane Erčulj aff002;  Erik Štrumbelj aff003
Působiště autorů: University of Belgrade, Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, Belgrade, Serbia aff001;  Faculty of Sports, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia aff002;  Faculty of Computer and Information Science, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia aff003
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 14(10)
Kategorie: Research Article


We analyse and compare NBA and Euroleague basketball through box-score statistics in the period from 2000 to 2017. Overall, the quantitative differences between the NBA and Euroleague have decreased and are still decreasing. Differences are even smaller after we adjust for game length and when playoff NBA basketball is considered instead of regular season basketball. The differences in factors that contribute to success are also very small—(Oliver’s) four factors derived from box-score statistics explain most of the variability in team success even if the coefficients are determined for both competitions simultaneously instead of each competition separately. The largest difference is game pace—in the NBA there are more possessions per game. The number of blocks, the defensive rebounding rate and the number of free throws per foul committed are also higher in the NBA, while the number of fouls committed is lower. Most of the differences that persist can be reasonably explained by the contrasts between the better athleticism of NBA players and more emphasis on tactical aspects of basketball in the Euroleague.

Klíčová slova:

Entropy – Europe – Games – Regression analysis – Sports – Statistical data – Statistical models – Team behavior


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