The F5

Owen Phillips
A refreshing newsletter about data and the NBA
Created 18 May 2020
  • How To: Get And Plot Defensive Matchup Stats
    17 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 0
    Hey everyone, This week’s newsletter used data provided to me by One of the stipulations I agreed to in order to use their data was that I wouldn’t share it with anyone else. So this won’t...
  • ben simmons fake trade szn
    15 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 3 0
    During the dog days of the NBA offseason it can be hard to tell if the volume of trade rumors suggests a transaction is imminent or if it simply suggests no one has anything else to talk about. Either...
  • How To: Get NBA Schedule Data
    03 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    Hey everyone, This week’s tutorial will walk through how I accessed and cleaned the data on next year’s NBA schedule. I’ll also show you how I created two of the charts from this week’s newsletter. Le...
  • Three Chartable Takeaways On Next Season's Schedule
    01 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 6 0
    Last week, the NBA released the schedule of games for next season. There are some interesting things we can learn solely based on which teams are slated to play each other and when. For example, Posit...
  • How To: Get Shooting Foul Location Data
    27 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 0
    Hey everyone, This week’s tutorial will explain how I got the location data on shooting fouls and how I made the the two main charts from this weeks newsletter. Let’s jump right in. Read more
  • No Cheap Fouls For Young, Man
    25 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 4 3
    The NBA is cracking down on unnatural shooting motions — the type of foul baiting where an offensive player launches themselves at angle into a defender. Or as I like to call it, bullshit basketball. ...
  • How To: Get Summer League Data
    20 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 0
    Hey everyone, This week’s tutorial goes over how I retrieved summer league data and matched it up with a player’s rookie season stats. Let’s jump right in. Read more
  • Sticky Summer (League) Stats
    18 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 10 5
    It’s almost cliché at this point to say don’t take what you see in summer league too seriously. Players can stand out in a couple of meaningless exhibition games and then never be heard from again. Fo...
  • How To: Get Salary Data From Spotrac And Raincloud Plots
    13 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 0
    Hey everyone, Today’s tutorial is going to focus on how I got the data on player salaries for the 2021-22 season and the accompanying raincloud plot. I’m going to spend a little more time than usual f...
  • Stars And Scrubs
    11 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 11 1
    The Los Angeles Lakers are all in on expensive star power with the trio of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and the newly acquired Russell Westbrook. They join the Milwaukee Bucks, the Brooklyn Nets, the ...
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