Ever since Oakland Athletics’ general manager Billy Beane began applying analytical tools to compose a baseball team, professional sports teams have used advanced metrics to build competitive rosters. We use an exploratory data analysis strategy to find what statistics best predict team wins. Finding that the Player Efficiency Rating (PER) statistic best correlate with wins, we investigate the statistic to find its strengths and weaknesses. We look for ways to improve the statistic and adjust it to better evaluate player effectiveness. We also look for methods to best predict how the PER will change from one season to the next based on player age and experience in the league.
Ward Heilman (Thesis Mentor)
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Original document was submitted as an Honors Program requirement. Copyright is held by the author.
Hamalian, Gregory. (2016). Creating the Perfect NBA Team: A Look at PER and How It Affects Wins. In BSU Honors Program Theses and Projects. Item 182. Available at: https://vc.bridgew.edu/honors_proj/182
Copyright © 2016 Gregory Hamalian