Fanalytics Podcast Episode 32: Three-Point Field Goal

This week, Professor Mike Lewis and Emory student Alex Notis examine the three-point field goal (also 3-pointer) in the NBA. The modern NBA has been transformed by the three-point shot.  Points are up, turnovers are down and NBA rosters are now built to shoot the three. Some key facts… When the three-point line was introduced in 1986 only 3% of shots were three-point attempts. This season, 36% of shots were three pointers. In this episode, we talk about Alex’s project which looks into trends and outcomes related to the three-point shot. In the second half of the episode, Professor Lewis takes a step back and talks about the concept of expected value.  Expected value is a key concept in sports analytics. In decisions ranging from taking a three-point shot in the NBA, pulling the goalie in hockey, going for 2 in the NFL, or bunting to move a runner to second in MLB, expected value calculations are the key. Click logo below to listen to this Fanlaytics episode.

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