The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference is a forum for industry professionals (executives and leading researchers) and students to discuss the increasing role of analytics in the global sports industry.
One of the presenters at the conference was Kirk Goldsberry who is a professor, a cartographer, and a contributor to Grantland.
It’s safe to say that Goldsberry is NOT a fan of David Lee’s defense.
As I prepared my research paper [PDF] on interior defense for this week’s Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, I had a couple of these moments. The paper’s main point is that new kinds of analytics can reveal the abilities of the NBA’s interior defenders with newfound clarity. But as I did the analyses I couldn’t believe how bad David Lee’s numbers were. My analysis was saying that opponents hit 61 percent of their shots when David Lee was defending near the basket. This is a really high number.