Statathlon presents: Analysis of Offensive Tendency in BCL

13/Mar/19 10:15 March 13, 2019

Antigoni Zachari

13/Mar/19 10:15

As Basketball Champions League soon enters its quarterfinals stage, Statathlon presents a detailed analysis of offensive tendencies in the competition.

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Since the launch of Basketball Champions League, there has been notable evolution in team pace and the overall offensive tendency of teams, as more and more teams of different levels participate in the competition. Statathlon presents this evolution and as the stats prove, sometimes you have to play in a lower tempo in order to score more.

Team Pace has been one of the most intriguing topics of discussion in basketball over the last years. The famous “7 seconds or less”offense designed by Mike D’ Antoni for 00’s Phoenix Suns, literally changed the game. Then, it was Golden State Warriors of Steve Kerr that gave another meaning to fast pace. Soon, this trend was also introduced to Europe. On the one hand, there are teams such as Real Madrid or CSKA Moscow that push the tempo and score a lot and on the other hand, there are teams like Olympiacos Piraeus or even Fenerbahce Istanbul which keep their pace at a lower level.

On this research, the evolution of team pace over the last few years is analyzed. The case study used will be the Basketball Champions League since its first edition in 2016. Moreover, two additional parameters will be featured, Offensive Rating and Effective Field Goal Percentage, to determine whether teams playing at a faster tempo score more or not.