College of Arts and Sciences
Basketball, Analysis, Player
Cook, Nathan, "Seeking Excellence: Improving Objectivity in Player Analysis in Professional Basketball" (2018). Senior Honors Theses. 796.
This thesis details the creation and testing of an original statistical metric for analyzing individual basketball players in the National Basketball Association (NBA) by both their commonly measured statistics and their so-called “intangibles.” By using existing methods as both guides and a caution against potential shortcomings, an inclusive statistic with multiple layers of data can be built to best reflect an individual player’s overall value to his team. This metric will be adjusted to account for the differences across multiple eras of NBA play and the levels of talent with which a player played in order to avoid penalizing a player for the unique aspects of his career.