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Basketball Players' Long Wingspan Enhances Defensive Upside but Hinders Shooting Capabilities

A Statistical Inquiry of the Effect of NBA Player Wingspans on Shooting Accuracy and Defensive Impact

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.51224/SRXIV.238

Keywords:

NBA, Basketball, Potential, Statistics, Wingspan, Defense, Shooting

Abstract

The objective of this study is to examine the relationship between an NBA player's wingspan and their ability to shoot the basketball and perform defensively. Using regression analysis methodologies, the results of this study suggest that NBA players with a longer wingspan are able to perform better defensively, but also perform worse in shooting the ball. Based on these findings, NBA teams who prioritize length when evaluating draft prospects should potentially reconsider their approach due to the inverse relationship between wingspan and shooting accuracy.

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2022-12-28