Associate Professor Konstantinos Pelechrinis recently wrote an article titled, “Data reveals the value of an assist in basketball” for The Conversation. The Conversation is an independent, nonprofit publisher of commentary and analysis, authored by academics and edited by journalists for the general public. Their mission is “to promote truthful information and strengthen journalism by unlocking the rich diversity of academic research for audiences across America.”

His article discusses the fact that basketball teams now distribute their shots in a different way than they did a decade ago. Three-point shots and shots around the rim are on the rise, while midrange attempts are declining. He goes on to talk about one of the most efficient shots in basketball, the corner three-point shot. Through data, he concludes that more than 90 percent of corner three-point shots are assisted, while shots above the break are assisted at a rate just above 70 percent. The key factor in his research is the assist. Assisted shots are, on average, more open compared to unassisted shots, making the corner three-point shot extremely desirable.

Pelechrinis goes on to discuss how sports offer a great vehicle through which educators can provide data literacy to younger generations.

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