Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=1947166
 
 

References (8)



 
 

Citations (1)



 


 



Individual Factors of Successful Free Throw Shooting


Allan Maymin


AllianceBernstein

Philip Maymin


NYU Poly - Department of Finance and Risk Engineering

Eugene Shen


AllianceBernstein

July 12, 2012

Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports, Forthcoming.

Abstract:     
We use three-dimensional optical tracking data on the 25-frames-per-second positional data of 2,400 free throw shots by the twenty players with at least twelve tracked makes and twelve tracked misses over the course of the 2010-2011 NBA season, fit each trajectory to a comprehensive physics model to find the implied backspin, initial launch height, velocity, angle, and left-right deviation, and examine the differences of those five factors between makes and misses for each player with sufficient attempts in our sample. We find that usually one or two factors are most responsible for a given player's misses, but the particular factors at fault differ across players. Thus, the causes of successes and failures in free throw shooting are idiosyncratic. This framework may also be useful in analyzing jump shots taken during the game.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 15

Keywords: Free Throws, Physics, Trajectories, Shooting, Optimal, NBA

Accepted Paper Series





Download This Paper

Date posted: October 22, 2011 ; Last revised: July 13, 2012

Suggested Citation

Maymin, Allan and Maymin, Philip and Shen, Eugene, Individual Factors of Successful Free Throw Shooting (July 12, 2012). Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports, Forthcoming.. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1947166 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1947166

Contact Information

Allan Maymin
AllianceBernstein ( email )
1345 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10105
United States
Philip Maymin (Contact Author)
NYU Poly - Department of Finance and Risk Engineering ( email )
Brooklyn, NY 11201
United States

Eugene Shen
AllianceBernstein ( email )
1345 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10105
United States
Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 1,469
Downloads: 223
Download Rank: 79,988
References:  8
Citations:  1

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo2 in 0.469 seconds