Kai’s InfoVis Final Project:
NBA in historical context
Kai Li
10/28/2013
Dataset
• A number of datasets from Basketball-reference.com are consulted
for this visualization project:
• NBA & ABA Mos...
Audience
• Laymen who are interested in NBA games and basketball researchers
are the top two targeted user groups identifi...
Questions
• 1. What are the histories of all the NBA teams?
• 2. Who are the greatest coaches in NBA history, and how are ...
Sketch #1: A history of all NBA teams
• X-axis: years
• Y-axis: list of NBA teams
• Color (of the brackets): each
team’s w...
Sketch #2: The best NBA coaches all
time
• X-axis: winning games / years
• Y-axis: list of (selected)
coaches
• First part...
Sketch #3: The best NBA MVP player
• X-axis: Player efficiency rating
• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla
yer_efficiency_ra...
Sketch #4: How hard it is to become alltime leader?
• Y-axis: historical records
Thank you!
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Proposal of Kai's IST719 (Information Visualization) final project about visualization of historical data in NBA league.

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InfoVis Final Project: NBA in historical context

  1. 1. Kai’s InfoVis Final Project: NBA in historical context Kai Li 10/28/2013
  2. 2. Dataset • A number of datasets from Basketball-reference.com are consulted for this visualization project: • NBA & ABA Most Valuable Player Award Winners: http://www.basketballreference.com/awards/mvp.html • NBA & ABA Coach Directory: http://www.basketball-reference.com/coaches/ • NBA & ABA Team Index: http://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/ • Basketball-reference.com is one of the most comprehensive sources for basketball data online. But the information about their data sources are not discusses in detail on their website.
  3. 3. Audience • Laymen who are interested in NBA games and basketball researchers are the top two targeted user groups identified for this project: • NBA game fans: • Having different level of interests in the games, who may or may not get access to related data and facts • This project will be a source for them to get the data, digest the meaning in a easier way, and have fun • Basketball researchers: • Getting access to a large number of data • This project tries to offer them better perspectives on the relationships between the data and how to present these information in a more meaningful way
  4. 4. Questions • 1. What are the histories of all the NBA teams? • 2. Who are the greatest coaches in NBA history, and how are their performances? • 3. Who are the greatest players in NBA’s history? • 4. How does MVP award reflect a player’s real performance? • 5. How long distances are there between current players and historical records holders?
  5. 5. Sketch #1: A history of all NBA teams • X-axis: years • Y-axis: list of NBA teams • Color (of the brackets): each team’s winning rate by year • Star (inside the brackets): who got the championship that year
  6. 6. Sketch #2: The best NBA coaches all time • X-axis: winning games / years • Y-axis: list of (selected) coaches • First part of bars: winning and losing records for each of the coaches • Second part of bars: his winning rates by year
  7. 7. Sketch #3: The best NBA MVP player • X-axis: Player efficiency rating • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla yer_efficiency_rating • Y-axis: Win Share • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wi n_shares • Each item in this matrix represents the MVP player in a given year, marking six aspects of his performance that year
  8. 8. Sketch #4: How hard it is to become alltime leader? • Y-axis: historical records
  9. 9. Thank you!

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