There’s No 'I' in 'Team': Estimating NBA Players’ Offensive Production
University of British Columbia (UBC) - Sauder School of Business
Northwestern University - Department of Marketing
Kenneth C. Wilbur
University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Rady School of Management
February 15, 2013
This article models interactions between basketball teams in order to estimate individual players’ offensive production. A theoretical model predicts that, in equilibrium, better offensive players will shoot more often and that all offensive players will average the same number of points per shot. This prediction is tested and found to be consistent with professional basketball data. The model is then used to identify and estimate individual players’ offensive production. The estimates correspond to experts’ rankings and are stable across teams for players that were traded during the season.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 45
Keywords: basketball, empirical industrial organization, production functions, structural models
JEL Classification: L11, L83
Date posted: June 18, 2011 ; Last revised: August 14, 2014
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