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I recorded some NCAA tournament basketball games a while back to map ball-passing patterns. I was unaware of the previous studies cited in the various postings, but they will give me more background information to go by. I wanted to bring to everyone's attention the book "Basketball on Paper" by Dean Oliver: http://www.basketballonpaper.com . Though not couched in network terms, the book includes NBA player statistics on the percentages of their team's possessions on which they were involved, as well as Oliver's ideas on what might be optimal distributions of who should take the shots. I don't have the book right here with me, but I recall one idea being that, if a team has one or two really good offensive players, it might be good for these top players to handle the ball often and take a large share of the team's shots; by involving the remaining players in a relatively small share of the plays, these lesser players can concentrate on performing well in a limited number of situations (the way players such as Derek Fisher, Steve Kerr, or John Paxson could concentrate on hitting key outside shots). I just discovered another document in which Oliver conveys some of his ideas: http://hoopsanalyst.com/oliver2.htm .
Texas Tech University
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