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How to collect stats in NBA?

In NBA there are a lot of available stats: Points Rebounds (def/off) Assist Blocks Steals % of free throw/2p/3p Minutes played and maybe many more that I do not remember. How does all the stats ...
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Is header allowed in basketball?

I know kicking ball in NBA is not allowed, how about header? is header like football allowed in basketball?
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Can a NBA team buy a draft pick?

Can a NBA team buy a draft pick for cash from another nba team?
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Offensive Player Injured on Foul

Watching the NBA Finals game 4 last night, LeBron was injured on a shooting attempt where he was fouled. The announcers said that if he didn't shoot the free throws, that he would not be able to come ...
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How does the NBA get paid by the networks for playoff games?

How does the NBA get paid by the networks for playoff games? Do they get more money the more games that are played?
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Does the precision of NBA timekeeping go beyond tenths of a second?

As NBA viewers, we see that they keep time up to tenths of a second. But officially do they keep track of time to hundredths (or perhaps even thousandths) of a second? Here's an example. Say there ...
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Why are the teams in NBA's Western Conference outperforming those in the Eastern Conference?

In the NBA, the West has been the stronger conference over the past decade or two as the graph below shows. The difference between the conferences is usually evident in the playoffs and in the All-...
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Finish College after NBA Draft

After a college student declares that they will enter the NBA draft, do they have to finish the school year, or do they have to un-enroll from school (unless they commit back to their school before ...
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Seasons in which all teams in a division made the playoffs

During the 2014-2015 NBA season, each team in the Southwest Division (Houston, Memphis, San Antonio, Dallas, New Orleans) of the Western Conference made the playoffs. Has this happened before? If so,...
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Has a college team ever played against a professional team?

This question is inspired by the recent debate[1][2][3][4] about whether the 2014-15 University of Kentucky men's basketball team (who had been undefeated until tonight's loss to Wisconsin) could ...
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Why win the jump ball?

In basketball, why win the opening jump ball if there's no advantage (possession will be rotated afterwards).
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Do basketball referees sometimes try to save players from fouling out?

While watching American college basketball games or NBA games, I'll often see players drive to the basket and get fouled. When this happens in the second half of a game, I frequently hear the ...
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Rebounding your own miss when the ball only hits the backboard [duplicate]

is it legal to dribble the ball after rebounding your own miss when the ball only hit the backboard?
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What does the "bonus" tag over the score in NBA games means? [duplicate]

Sometimes, while watching a NBA game, I see a "bonus" tag text over the telecast scoreboard. What does it means? Which rule or set of rules influence this?
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MVP Candidate not on 1st Team

Has there ever been an MVP candidate that was not on the All NBA 1st team but listed on the 2nd/3rd team? I just want to know how realistically possible would it be to finish 2nd in MVP voting for the ...
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Why didn't Michael Jordan appear in NBA Live 97?

I remember playing NBA Live 97. This was back when the Bulls were the team to beat. And every time I would go to the Bulls roster, every player was there except Michael Jordan. At the time, I was ...
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Has there ever been an NBA team with alternating starting units?

For instance, play group A, then play group B for second game in a back to back.
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Why does every American sport except Football seem to have a farm league?

Baseball (MLB) has a minor league, Hockey (NHL) has the AHL, Basketball (NBA) has the D-League, and even Soccer (MLS) has the USL and NASL although they may not be farm leagues in the same sense as ...
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Can you make a free throw off the backboard?

I understand there would be no advantage to do so but was just wondering if it's allowed. Also has it ever happened?
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Who is the oldest player who was drafted in the NBA?

I would like to know who the oldest player was that ever got drafted into the NBA?
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How does NBA players' salary increase during the playoffs?

In a sports column I was reading, the writer mentioned something about "win shares", that existed to provide a financial incentive to win games during the playoffs, especially since otherwise players ...
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Is an NBA team ever allowed to pay an injured player less than his contract

I was wondering about this after some of the recent high-profile injuries, such as Paul George, and before that Derrick Rose. The reason is obvious, a team doesn't want to be paying a player millions ...
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How does the NBA salary cap work?

I'm not American, and I live in a foreign country. I have been watching NBA since about 2000. I was a New jersey fan, when Kidd went to Mavs, I became a Mavs fan and still am. As far as I know, the ...
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Has any information come out that clarifies how sick Jordan was during his famous "flu game"

Michael Jordan's flu game is one of his most famous performances as a basketball player. Yet I remember that at the time there was some question about how sick he really was: had he been acting some ...
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What dates are NBA matches guaranteed to be between?

I have a set of NBA matches (both regular and playoffs) and their dates and I need to determine which season they belong to. I was thinking of having an interval for each season that the matches are ...
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Offensive rebounding % on missed 3FG vs 2FG (NBA)

Amongst missed 3FG, what % are rebounded by the offensive team? Amongst missed 2FG, what % are rebounded by the offensive team? Is there a significant difference between these two percentages?
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What's the maximum number of games at the playoff phase in NBA?

I was checking out the playoff bracket the other day and I realised that a significant number of the games (in the first round) went up to the 7th game. Considering that there are 15 series in total x ...
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why is a team's front office called front office?

I heard of the expression "the team's front office" in US professional sports teams like the NBA, and I would like to know what does it exactly mean and why is it called "front" office.
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Is there a way that I can rank NBA teams in each season?

I would like to rank NBA teams in each season by some sort of metric, and I'm not sure if something like this exists already or not. It would be better if it was a metric that can tell me how good an ...
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How long and how much is each contract of the four main NBA on TNT hosts?

What is the length and amount of each of the following's contract with TNT? Charles Barkley Kenny Smith Ernie Johnson Shaquille O'Neal
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Is this a held ball (which should have led to a jump ball)?

Please see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxY47I-pc-Q Greg Anthony (the commentator) is quite insistent that this should have been a jump ball. But it looks to me that the ball was not in Hibbert'...
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24-second shot clock: Has the NBA ever considered reducing it?

The NBA is constantly tweaking the rules to make the game more entertaining, faster-paced, etc. So has the NBA ever considered reducing the 24-second shot clock (say by even one second)?
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NBA 7 game playoff series where every game was won by the road team?

I have only ever come across this 5-game series (1984 ECR1, NJN vs PHI, NJN win 3-2), where the road team won every game. Has this ever happened in a 7-game series? (In recent memory, one series in ...
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Types of technical fouls in NBA

Generally there are various types of technical fouls in NBA at what sort of situation which technical foul will be called?
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Looking for an objective crybaby metric... Are there any NBA "complainer" statistics?

I was watching Heat vs. Knicks last night with a few friends, and each and every one of them is a LeBron hater. I'd understand if they disliked him because he abandoned his hometown and conspired with ...
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In NBA, what is/are the benefit(s) of a team that will acquire an expiring contract?

I always thought that if an expiring contract was included by some draft picks in a trade proposal, it seems attractive to a receiving team. Is it just about draft picks? Or there is another benefits ...
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Which player scored the most points in one game in each season?

I would like to see a statistic showing which player has scored the most points in one basketball game every season. I know Wilt Chamberlain holds the general record, but it would be nice to see who ...
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NBA draft picks as a team rebuilding strategy

I am reading about strategies that general managers use to rebuild an NBA basketball team. By rebuilding I mean the process of letting go existing players and signing new young players with the aim of ...
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In the NBA, why is the sign-and-trade a thing? [duplicate]

The sign-and-trade is relatively common when stars leave a team that they've been with for a long time. I don't understand why this practice exists. Take Lebron going to the Heat, for example. He was ...
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NBA / MLB ball boy interference

In the NBA, when the ball is in one end of the court, a ball boy usually squeegees the other end. In some cases the ball boy is caught off guard by a steal or an unexpected play and in some cases ...
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What is the name of a guy who comment highlights in NBA

Does anyone know the name of the guy who does most of the postgame highlights on NBA. http://www.nba.com/video/games/heat/2013/11/09/0021300089-bos-mia-recap.nba http://www.nba.com/video/games/bulls/...
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Why don't more NBA teams use the triangle offense?

Does anyone use the triangle offense other than Phil Jackson? He won 11 rings with it. In the NFL, teams copy each other all the time. How come teams don't copy Phil? I don't think the argument that '...
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Is the hand a part of the ball?

Can you hit the hand, if it's on the ball? I need proof that it shows that if you hit the hand, it isn't a foul.
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What do referees do during halftime?

This question largely pertains to basketball and American football. I've seen footage from the team locker rooms during halftime where the coaches and players go over issues from the first half that ...
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What is the motivation behind using the 2-3-2 (vs. 2-2-1-1-1) series format for the NBA Finals?

Each conference round in the NBA playoffs is a best-of-seven series played in a 2-2-1-1-1 format...or the team with home-court advantage hosts games 1, 2, 5, and 7 while their opponent hosts games 3, ...
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How much revenue does a team make for a playoff game?

Before the 2013 NBA playoffs, many people speculated that the Miami Heat would go 16-0 (e.g. sweep every series) en route to their 2nd straight title. As I watched the Miami Heat trounce the Indiana ...
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What happens if a basketball stops on the rim as time expires?

In Game 5 of the first-round playoff series between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Clippers, Tony Allen's layup attempt stopped on the back of the rim: youtube This is ruled a jump ball. ...
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What is the motivation behind short-sleeve jerseys in the NBA?

The Golden State Warriors introduced a basketball jersey with short-sleeves during the 2012-2013 NBA Season. Traditionally, basketball jerseys have been without sleeves. What is the motivation behind ...
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Why do NBA teams wear spanish jerseys?

Several times, I have seen several NBA teams wear jerseys that say, "Los Lakers," "El Heat," and "Los Spurs" for example. What is the motivation behind why NBA teams wear spanish jerseys?
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The NBA's New Flopping Rule -- Any Official Records? [closed]

Most NBA fans are aware of the new flopping rule that was imposed this season. You can find details about it here. The basic idea is that whenever the NBA determines that a player has flopped, he gets ...