Attention stats geeks! Off the Dribble (the NYTimes basketball blog) highlights some of the research that will be presented at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. The article provides summaries and links to several papers, including:
"N.B.A. Chemistry: Positive and Negative Synergies in Basketball," an attempt to measure on-court chemistry
"Effort vs. Concentration: The Asymmetric Impact of Pressure on NBA Performance," i.e. why players choke on free throws at home
"Experience and Winning in the National Basketball Association," yes, playoff success correlates with the amount of time teammates have played together
"Big 2’s and Big 3’s: Analyzing How a Team's Best Players Complement Each Other"