Title

Importance of Team Height to Winning Games in the National Basketball Association

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-8-2017

Publication Title

International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching

Volume

13

Issue

4

First page number:

559

Last page number:

568

Abstract

A recent trend in the National Basketball Association, so-called “small-ball,” questions the importance of height in basketball. The present study examined the association of team height, defined as an average height of players weighted by playing time, to team performance in the 2006–2007 through 2015–2016 National Basketball Association seasons. Relationships of team height to winning games, to offensive and defensive ratings, and to four factors were assessed using Pearson’s correlation coefficients. A generalized estimating equation was used to examine the association of team height to winning games, separately for the Eastern and Western Conferences, while using performance variables above as covariates... (see full text for full abstract)

Disciplines

Sports Sciences

Language

English

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