This set of small multiple scatter plots shows the guard’s v forward’s fantasy points for each NBA team through Nov 22, 2015. Each scatter plot show the performance of a team. The horizontal position of each dot gives the total fantasy points for that team’s starting forwards and the vertical position that for the starting guards.
The Hornets in the upper left show the most negative correlation: when the guards get a lot of fantasy points the forwards get few. At the other extreme in the lower right the Nuggets show the most positive correlation: when their guards do well so do their forwards.
Also notable is the relatively tight correlation (seen by the narrow shaded region of normalcy) for the Jazz, Thunder and Grizzlies and that the Wizard’s Forwards are most consistent in their Fantasy output.
These scatter plots show the combined fantasy points of the starting guards v combined fantasy points of the starting forward for each NBA player-game in 2014: that is, each dot represents player performance in a single game.
This matplotlib graphic was made at SportsDatabase.com
with the SDQL
S(FP@position=F and date and team) as Forwards,S(FP@position=G and date and team) as Guards,R(team) @ season =2014 and team and date|$1,$2@1 as ‘Guard v Forward Fantasy Points\n all NBA teams in 2014’?polyfit=3&transparency=0.3&polyfit_show=0
A small change of the SDQL breaks this relationship down by team.
This scatter plot shows the average final margin v the margin at the half for NBA teams through Jan 21, 2015.
Also show in the linear fit with error-bar swath.
The positive slope of the fit line (1.4) shows that teams leading at the half generally tend to extend their lead. That the slope is less than two indicates that the winning team doesn’t generally double their lead.
Teams above the fit line tend to do better in the second half while teams below the fit line tend to fold. The Blazers, Bulls and Jazz look to be the best 2nd half teams while the Heat, Magic and Lakers tend to do worse in the 2nd half.