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How Big Data Makes Being an NBA Fan Better Than Ever



Who’s the most clutch player in the NBA? It’s the source of thousands of bar-stool and barbershop arguments. And it’s the sort of subjective, hard-to-quantify question that will never really get resolved. Right?

Maybe not.

Most basketball fans probably aren’t the type to spend time voluntarily poring over a spreadsheet—but what if that spreadsheet could tell you that the Brooklyn Nets’ Joe Johnson really is “Joe Jesus“? (You don’t always feel his presence when you call on him, but he’s always there when you really need him.)

You see, with his team trailing by three or fewer points and less than 30 seconds remaining in the game, Johnson is a remarkable 11 for 15 the past two years. Need a late three? Portland’s Damian Lillard is 3 for 4 from long-range at the end of close games this season. Read more…

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