Possible ways to judge use of time of possession

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Possible ways to judge use of time of possession

Post by Crow » Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:46 am

Players who have huge mostly offensive box score metric performance levels usually have huge offensive roles. I know some have tried usage rate adjustments. But what about going further and looking at total time of possession and timing of that? Who well did that player use time and total opportunity? Maybe usage adjustment is pretty good but it could still be interesting to look at how much time it took. Taking more or less time isn't necessarily a good or bad thing but it is good to understand what to expect and good to know if that fits with overall system / coach / teammates. What is normal for this player may not allow other players to play the way that is normal or efficient do them. Boxscore metrics will never find these impacts because they never ask. If a player pranced around for 15 seconds with no progress or payoff then made a non assist pass conventional metrics would let him off the hook completely. RPM could / theoretically should / would capture this. RAPM factors could even better. A RAPM split for possessions used by player vs touch but possession not used by that player vs no touch would add even more information that could lead to new insights. Now you could also work with simple player tracking data to look at ultimate team points per touch and possessions used per touch, etc. Or better yet, use both player tracking and RAPM approaches.

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