Guest: Simon Gerszberg, Founder and CEO of ShotQuality
In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, founder and CEO of ShotQuality Simon Gerszberg joins the Basketball Podcast to discuss optimizing a player and teams’ shot selection.
Simon Gerszberg, a data analyst for Colgate Basketball, founded a product that calculates the quality of shots on a play-by-play basis. The goal of the website is to create actual change for coaches by optimizing their player and teams’ shot selection. www.shotquality.com is now used by over 40 NCAA teams and over 5 NBA teams.
Shot Quality is calculated by multiplying the percent chance a shot has of going in, i.e. the probability that the basket is made and the type of shot, denoted by the no. of points that shot entails - either a 2-pointer or a 3-pointer.
Over 90 disparate variables are incorporated to output the overall ShotQuality. The most important aspect of calculating ShotQuality is computing the individual player's shot-making ability, and there are a plethora of factors involved in quantifying this.