Category: Understanding basketball through numbers

Measuring the defensive effectiveness of NBA teams?

Quantifying defense in basketball has been a sticky situation for analyst and fans for some time. In this post I will introduce a simple measure of the effectiveness of the defense of a given NBA team and use this measure to show the "defensive bias" of teams across the league for 2008-2009 and 2010-2011 NBA seasons. Hollinger's defensive effectiveness presents a…

Who is receiving items acquisitioned from DoD Excess Property Program 1033 and what is the cost?

There has been a decent amount of public discussion about the trend towards the militarization of local police departments. A big contributor for this trend has been through items acquisitioned under the National Defense Authorization Act which enables DoD program 1033. This program enables excess military items to be provided to local police departments.   MuckRock openly provides data on these…