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Allocative and Dynamic Efficiency in NBA Decision Making

Part 1: Half-Court Offense, An Optimal Stopping Problem.

Welcome to Hoop Theory! For those of you who are familiar with the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, I am very excited to announce that I have been given the opportunity to present some of my joint research with Justin Rao on Allocative and Dynamic Efficiency In NBA Decision Making at their prestigious venue. I hope that this blog can be a convenient place to discuss the intuition behind the paper and to have a broader conversation about the application of game theoretic models to our understanding of sports.

We are often critical of players who attempt difficult shots early in the shot clock.