Game-related statistics that discriminate basketball players, across playing positions, in the finals of the European Championships (1988-2006). Differences between starters and nonstarters

Jaime Sampaio

Alberto Lorenzo Calvo

Miguel Ángel Gómez Ruano

Jorge Matalarranha

Sergio José Ibáñez Godoy

Enrique Ortega del Toro

*Corresponding author: Jaime Sampaio ajaime@utad.pt

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Sampaio, J., Lorenzo Calvo, A., Gómez Ruano , M. A., Matalarranha , J., Ibáñez Godoy, S. J., & Ortega del Toro, E. (2009). Game-related statistics that discriminate basketball players, across playing positions, in the finals of the European Championships (1988-2006). Differences between starters and nonstarters. Apunts. Educación Física y Deportes, 96, 53-58.

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to analyze the differences in game-related statistics between basketball player’s specific positions for starters and non-starters. Archival data report to individual game-related statistics from the final games of the three European competitions for clubs from 1987-88 to 2005-06 season. The players were divided in two starters and non-starters and the analysis of the discriminant function was based on the observation of the structure coefficients (SC). Guards, forwards and centre starters’ were discriminated by offensive rebounds (SC=-0,57), blocks (SC=-0,52), successful (SC=0,51) and unsuccessful 3-point field-goals (SC=0,37). These results may suggest that the guards were the most influent players in team structure during theses games. In nonstarters, the emphasis was on blocks (SC=0,36), defensive rebounds (SC=0,31) and successful 2-point field-goals (SC=0,31). The results suggest the centres as the most important non-starter players to the team structure. Coaches can use these results in teams’ recruitment and team preparation and direction to the games.

Keywords: Basketball, Player Status, specific position, Statistics.

ISSN: 1577-4015

Published: April 01, 2009