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Playing in Space is an NBA-focused podcast hosted by SIS Basketball Strategy Analyst Henry Ward. The show covers the association through conversations on league-wide trends through a philosophical lens, driven by insights derived from SIS’s NBA data. From discussions of player and team performance to basketball decision-making theory, Playing in Space has you covered on all ideas NBA with weekly episodes. Find us @SIS_Hoops and @henrywward on twitter and at sportsinfosolutions.com.

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Playing in Space is an NBA-focused podcast hosted by SIS Basketball Strategy Analyst Henry Ward. The show covers the association through conversations on league-wide trends through a philosophical lens, driven by insights derived from SIS’s NBA data. From discussions of player and team performance to basketball decision-making theory, Playing in Space has you covered on all ideas NBA with weekly episodes. Find us @SIS_Hoops and @henrywward on twitter and at sportsinfosolutions.com.

    #14: NBA Finals Preview with Jackson Frank

    #14: NBA Finals Preview with Jackson Frank

    The NBA Finals have arrived and Jackson Frank rejoins the show to break it all down. Henry and Jackson bid farewell to the Heat and Mavericks before going through every angle, including the overall stylistic battle of the Celtics defense against the Warriors offense, how Boston can maintain their style against a Warriors team that’s built to compromise it, where Warriors role players such as Kevon Looney and Gary Payton II fit in on both ends, how the Celtics can guide their offensive approach to best capitalize on Golden State’s sparse defensive holes, and where the Warriors can funnel Boston to slow some of their firepower. Of course, the episode concludes with some complicated and subject to change predictions.
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    #13: Developments in the NBA and the Life of a Pro with Vic Law

    #13: Developments in the NBA and the Life of a Pro with Vic Law

    A bit of a different episode this week, where Henry is joined by Vic Law, a professional who’s played for the Orlando Magic, Brisbane Bullets, and most recently the Perth Wildcats. The two cover a wide range of topics, including his experience with analytics as a player (1:50), how the NBA differs from the NBL (10:30), his views on the current NBA playoffs (17:51), the directions we think the game is going (23:11), and what his future might hold (29:08).
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    • 47 min
    #11: The NBA’s Heliocentrism Puzzle with Jake Rosen

    #11: The NBA’s Heliocentrism Puzzle with Jake Rosen

    In a more philosophical podcast, Henry and guest Jake Rosen attack the validity of heliocentrism from all angles to try and wrestle with the sustainability of one the NBA’s most common team-building and coaching approaches, largely through the lens of teams that employ it most notably, such as the Mavericks and Hawks. The two discuss the issues that arise from such an approach, the weight it places on off-ball teammates, the difficulty of finding complexity as a roster constructor and coach, the fragile nature of advantages created out of it, and the defensive solves for it (2:31). They also tackle questions in support of the idea, such as if potential alternatives are even preferable, how hard it is to construct an equally viable counter around the stars we see most invested in the approach, and more (30:15).
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    #05: The Raptors as Pioneers in the NBA with Samson Folk

    #05: The Raptors as Pioneers in the NBA with Samson Folk

    Samson Folk of Yahoo! Sports and Raptors Republic joins the show for a discussion of trends currently being pioneered in the NBA through the exemplary Toronto Raptors. The two discuss how Toronto has outpaced expectations this year by embracing trends that the two speculate could become more commonplace league-wide. These include how they operate on offense without a heliocentric creator (7:32), the value of offensive and defensive rebounding and actioning off-ball shooters’ gravity (30:11), democratic rim protection (42:37), and principles based roster-construction (56:05).
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    #02: Unpacking NBA Analytics with Jake Loos

    #02: Unpacking NBA Analytics with Jake Loos

    Host Henry Ward is joined by VP of Basketball and New Initiatives Jake Loos to cut through some common misconceptions and closely held ideas about analytics and their creation, use, and interpretation in the world of basketball decision making. They cover the often-discussed divide between analytics and qualitative analysis (1:35), the areas of decision making in which analytics are most helpful (8:26), the limitations of analytics and how they can be addressed (13:38), how bias affects both quantitative and qualitative decisions (16:48), how analytics are used in NBA front offices decision making (26:25), and why players have the most to gain from the expansion of analytics (41:13).
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    #01: Where We’ve Been and Trade Deadline Discussion with Max Carlin

    #01: Where We’ve Been and Trade Deadline Discussion with Max Carlin

    Our inaugural episode! Host Henry Ward brings on SIS Sr. Basketball Strategy Analyst Max Carlin to discuss what SIS Basketball has been up to (0:50), how their views on basketball evaluation have shifted over the past year (5:13), Tyrese Haliburton’s development (12:30), Domantas Sabonis’ fit with the Kings (26:06), the Celtics’ acquisition of Derrick White (33:41), the partnership of James Harden and Joel Embiid (47:58), and some general thoughts on other deadline deals (1:07:56).
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    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

_iamTG ,

Excellent!

Highly recommend to any basketball junkie who wants to learn more about the game & experience it through the lens of an educated mind like Henry Wards. Definitely worthy of a subscription as guests from SIS & within the basketball community join the show to share their thoughts. Looking forward to more episodes!

ianmck ,

Off to a great start!

Great first episode for what should be an in-depth basketball podcast with a lot of unique data based insights!

Henry Ward's Lover ,

Sensational

The analysis Henry Ward brings to the game of basketball is amazing. If I was an NBA team I would want him running my analytics department. Not to mention his voice is so smoothing. I like to fall asleep every night listening to his voice.

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