Last Friday I did an entry on some simple Super Bowl infographics. Now reader Adam Hainsfurther has pointed me toward a basketball site called Hoopism, which features a bunch of enormously sophisticated NBA-centric infographics, many of which are interactive. It’s one of the most interesting and enjoyable sports sites I’ve seen in a long, long time. Even if you don’t care about the NBA — I don’t care a whole lot about it myself — you’ll like this, trust me.
The most impressive thing on the site, at least that I’ve found so far, is this page devoted to the NBA slam dunk contest. Each dot represents a dunk attempt by a player in a given year’s contest, plotted according to its score as given by the judges. Orange dots are successful dunk attempts; blue ones are unsuccessful. When you mouse over one of the dots, you get info on that dunk attempt. And if you click on that dot, you get a YouTube video clip of that dunk (except for the gray dots, for which no video is available).
There’s a similar page devoted to the NBA’s greatest shots. The blue dots represent — well, shit, you’re smart people, you can read the explanation on the page for yourselves.
Not all of the Hoopism infographics are interactive, but just about all of them are clever and engaging. Here are some others that I like:
• This page generates word clouds based on who played the most minutes, all-time, for each NBA team.
• Here’s another word cloud, based on this year’s all-star voting.
• And here’s the all-star voting broken down by team. Simple but effective.
• This is completely awesome: Players depicted as little caricature figures with each body part size-adjusted to reflect a certain statistic. In addition to being entertaining, it makes it really easy to compare two players.
• This one’s a doozy: a page that shows how each team’s assists are distributed from player to player. You can read the intro on that page, and then click on the link for the interactive graph (if it doesn’t work, try a different browser — it doesn’t seem to like Firefox on a Mac). Once you get to the interactive graphic, pick a team. Then you can drag each player’s dot around on the graph. Endlessly fascinating.
• Another doozy: an interactive chart that maps out each team’s shooting percentage allowed by position on the court. (Again, if you can’t get to the interactive visualization, try a different browser.)
• And we’ll go out with a simple one: a graphic showing each team’s average player age, expressed both in raw terms and weighted for minutes played.
There’s more — a lot more. Have fun exploring it, but don’t blame me if you don’t get anything else done today. Why is this site not famous? Why have its creators not been hired by the league (or by ESPN)?
The perfect way to celebrate pitchers and catchers: On Saturday I went to Brooklyn Kitchen in Williamsburg to check out a beekeeping and honey-extraction presentation. While I was there I also dropped off 80 Meats shirts, because they’d sold through their last batch. That means 80 annoyingly ironic Williamsburgers will soon be wearing this tee. But why should they have all the fun? Order your own Meats T-shirt here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: It turns out Erin Andrews isn’t the only ESPN broadcaster with a shoe contract. Unsurprisingly, this is causing a bit of a stir among journalism ethicists. For the record, I will happily sign a big-money Nike shoe deal just as soon as they let me design a sneaker that says, “Corporate Douchebaggery Sucks.” … In a related item, could there possibly be a more asinine place to put a swoosh than here? Must be made from high-performance, moisture-absorbing straw, right? … Here’s an unsatisfyingly short item about Brad Penny’s high-cuffed pants (with thanks to Don Drever). … John Daly is apparently going to wear FedEx colors for this year’s FedEx-sponsored golf tourney (with thanks to Chris Flynn). … Speaking of early branding treatments, check out this short video clip that shows some discarded proposals for the ABC logo — some awful, some wonderful (major thanks to Tom Adjemian). … Nate Montana can now play for the name on both sides of the jersey. This isn’t the first time this has happened, natch: Jerry West played lots of NBA All-Star Games for the Western Conference, and Curtis Pride briefly played for the Nashua Pride. Any other examples..? … It’s easy to forget that Michael Jordan wore Converse back at UNC (good spot by Larz G. Roberts). … Here are good views of both of the Tigers’ spring training patches: Sparky memorial on one sleeve, spring training 85th anniversary on the other (big thanks to Wayne Koehler). … Turns out Nike was selling at least one of those “hair-itage” T-shirts way back in July, so they definitely did not crib the idea from the guys with the Ron Washington tee, which didn’t hit the streets until mid-October. I’ve spoken to two of the guys who created the Washington tee — they say they weren’t aware that Nike had beaten them to the punch. … Good catch by A.J. Frey, who noticed that Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer has a typo on his backplate. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Felix Potvin used to wear a Felix the Cat patch (or sticker, or something) on his leg pads (nice catch by Mike Engle). … Brian Russell and Dave Northrup have both noticed some disappointing logo creep on Jim Boeheim’s eyeglasses. … In Case You Were Wondering Dept.: Yesterday Doug Keklak asked me if the Pirates were planning to add a memorial patch for Chuck Tanner. I posed that question to the team and was told, “Not at this time, but we’ll let you know if that changes.” … I spent way too much money yesterday to win this 1924 football uniform catalog. Lots more photos once I receive it from the seller. … The Hurricanes are retiring Rod Brind’Amour’s number on Friday (with thanks to Dane Drutis). … If you’ve been dying to know the top five best-selling Maple Leafs jerseys, today’s your lucky day (in which case you should thank Ben Wideman). … A youth hockey team in South Dakota will plans to wear special orange jerseys as a memorial to a former coach who died last summer (with thanks to Cody Schuiling). … I don’t watch much women’s college hockey — or really any women’s college hockey — so I wouldn’t have known this myself, but Max Sellman says it’s very unusual for the zebras to have NOBs, but that was the case at a recent Wisconsin/Minnesota game. … I’d never heard of Charles Kerins — at least not until Richard Stover told me about him — but he apparently did some killer Converse basketball illustrations back in the 1950s. Awesome stuff. … Two tidbits gleaned from the Chris Creamer board: The Dodgers have a Fernandomania 30th-anniversary logo, which they’re using for a giveaway fleece blanket, and there was a footwear controversy in the NLL. … Mikasa, which makes the official FIVB volleyball, has re-upped through 2016 (thanks, Jeremy). … Reprinted from last night’s comments: Injured Red Wing Brad Stuart, who’s recovering from a broken jaw, has been wearing a jaw guard in practice. He’s expected to keep wearing it when he returns to game action tomorrow night. … There are sooooo many things wrong with this photo.