You Dunk, You Win

by October 20, 2010

In case you don’t know (according to Wikipedia) a Slam Dunk is a type of basketball shot that is performed when a player jumps in the air and manually powers the ball downward through the basket with one or both hands over the rim. Now how does the amount of dunks an NBA team throws down correlate between that and their winning percentage. A recent study performed by the Harvard Sports Analysis shows that NBA teams that dunk more, win more: “Given that dunking does appear to correlate with winning, what can we take this to mean? The thing to avoid is seeing dunking and winning as a causal relationship (i.e. dunking more means you will win more). Instead, we should view high dunk totals as a representation of a good team (i.e. good teams will produce more dunks). These conclusions support the notion that “Dunks are Awesome!” but also that, despite the complaints of the old guard, dunks have become a fundamental. As if NBA fans needed another reason to fear the upcoming season, the only team that will enter the 2010/2011 season with three players in the top 20 for dunks are, you guessed it, the Miami Heat.”

(H/T: The Big Lead)