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Inside pass predicts ball possession effectiveness in NBA basketball

Courel-Ibáñez, J and Ortega Toro, E and McRobert, AP and Cárdenas Vélez, D (2016) Inside pass predicts ball possession effectiveness in NBA basketball. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 7 (16). pp. 711-725. ISSN 1474-8185

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Abstract

The aims of this study were to analyse the effects of using inside pass on ball possession effectiveness and to identify game performance indicators to predict inside pass success in the National Basketball Association (NBA), considering situational variables. A total of 4207 closed ball possessions (± 10 points difference) where recorded from 25 matches of the 2010 NBA Playoffs series. Ball possessions were classified whether including inside pass (n=808) or not (n=3399). Predictive analysis of use and effectiveness was made through a series of binomial logistic regressions and Classification tree analysis (CHAID). Results indicate that ball possessions including inside pass were more effective and longer in duration, finding a greater use in top-4 NBA teams regardless the game period. Additionally, inside pass effectiveness was influenced by: the receiver attitude, reception distance, and defensive help. Particularly, the analysis of combined performance indicators disclosed relevant information on attack effectiveness, suggesting players to adopt a dynamic attitude in the weak side before getting the ball, while their teammates are developing individual and collective actions to create free space and enhance inside game options and effectiveness. Current findings shed some light on specific knowledge concerning tactical behaviours in NBA basketball, contributing in the design of specific programmes to increase inside game options and players’ decision- making according to specific game constraints.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1106 Human Movement And Sports Science
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports > GV711 Coaching
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2017 12:50
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2017 09:02
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4796

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