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NBA Passing 2017

Posted by Andy Bergmann on October 17, 2017
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Here’s a new NBA passing chart covering all teams for the 2016-17 season. The thickness of each line represents the average amount of passing per game between those two players. The thicker it is, the more they passed back and forth to each other. Companion piece on NBA.com here.

Dubly NBA Passing 2017 Infographic
Dubly NBA Passing 2017 Infographic
Dubly NBA Passing 2017 Infographic
Dubly NBA Passing 2017 Infographic

Special thanks to Brittni Donaldson

NBA 2017 Offseason Moves

Posted by Andy Bergmann on October 16, 2017
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Where did everybody go? This year’s offseason featured some serious migration between teams. Here’s a look at some of the big name transitions.

NBA 2017-18 Offseason Moves

Is Your Grill Hot Enough?

Posted by Andy Bergmann on September 01, 2017
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Original story on Consumer Reports.

Here’s a look at how some of the top selling gas grills perform according to Consumer Reports lab data. Red areas represent the ability to sear a steak at 500° F. Temperatures show are after ten minutes of preheating.

Methodology: Temperature patterns created using CR’s preheat test data (collected from thermocouples distributed evenly across grill grates, recorded 10 minutes after turning burners on high).

All Curry 2015-16 Threes

Posted by Andy Bergmann on June 24, 2016
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Steph Curry demolished the record for most three point shots in a season (previously set by himself last year). Here’s a look back at every three pointer Steph hit in the 2015-16 season and playoffs. Line height represents shot distance. Originally posted on NBA.com.

Playoff Blowouts of 25+ Points

Posted by Andy Bergmann on June 24, 2016
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The 2016 playoffs have seen an unprecedented number of blowout wins by 25 points or more. Here’s a comparison of the playoff years that featured the most 25 point blowouts. Originally posted on NBA.com

Catch

Posted by Andy Bergmann on March 22, 2016
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If you haven’t checked out Catch download it today for free from the iOs app store. Coverage on Fast Company

Kristaps Porzingis – First 50 Games

Posted by Andy Bergmann on February 02, 2016
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Original post on NBA.com

Latvian wunderkid Kristaps Porzingis just completed his 50th game in the NBA. Already he’s been compared to some of the league’s greats, due to his size and agility. Let’s take a look at how Porzingis’ stats match up to other rookie big men in their first fifty games.

Guster T-Shirts

Posted by Andy Bergmann on January 22, 2016
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Looks like there are a few of the T-shirts I did for Guster remaining. Grab one if you’re XL or XXL at Guster.com.
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NBA Finals MVPs

Posted by Andy Bergmann on June 18, 2014
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Original post on NBA.com with all Finals MVPs since 1969

NBA Finals MVPs

All Tanaka Batters

Posted by Andy Bergmann on April 24, 2014
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Published here on Sports Illustrated.

After only three games in the MLB, Masahiro Tanaka has already taken the world by storm. Here’s a look at every batter that he’s pitched to so far. Of those 82, he’s only let up sixteen hits and a single walk. Pretty good start.

All Tanaka Batters Infographic

NBA Playoff Teams

Posted by Andy Bergmann on April 18, 2014
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Original post on NBA.com. Featured on Washington Post and Deadspin.
See how your team fared against other playoff teams during the 2013-14 regular season.

NBA Passing

Posted by Andy Bergmann on March 19, 2014
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Original post on NBA.com.
Coverage on: USA Today, Deadspin, Washington Post, Fast Company, Fansided, Visually, Flowing Data, Give Me Sport

Here’s a look at how starters on all 30 NBA teams share the basketball. The thickness of the gray lines on the accompanying chart represents the average number of passes per game between two players.

A very clear picture emerges on which teams distribute the ball more evenly between players, such as the Nets, Bulls and Cavaliers. On the flip side, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin dominate passing for the Clippers, and likewise for Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio of the Timberwolves.

This data would have been virtually impossible to collect in the past. However, all NBA arenas are now equipped with SportVU technology. Several cameras are installed overhead which are used to track every move of the game.

NBA Passing

Some notes on methodology: The top level center, point guard, shooting guard, small forward and power forward were selected from all team depth charts. The average number of passes were calculated from data from this season only (through Tuesday), taking into account only those games where all five players were active and saw playing time. In-bounds passes were excluded. Line thickness represents combined passing in both directions between two players.

40-Point Games

Posted by Andy Bergmann on March 06, 2014
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Created for NBA.com. Original post here

There has been a lot of buzz about LeBron James’ 61-point game Monday night, but Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant racked up his 10th 40-point game of the season on Tuesday. Here’s a look at players who consistently have been scoring big this year.

NBA Players that have shot multiple 40 point games.

How 40-yard dash times affect NFL draft odds

Posted by Andy Bergmann on February 26, 2014
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Here’s a piece for Sports Illustrated on how 40-yard dash times affect draft odds in the NFL Combine. Extra Mustard

How 40-yard dash times affect NFL draft odds

Breaking Bad Character Map

Posted by Andy Bergmann on November 25, 2013
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Featured in Fast Company, Visually and Heisenberg Chronicles

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There are a lot of characters to keep track of in Breaking Bad, so I thought it would be fun to plot them out and explore the connections between them.

Click for a high resolution image of the character map

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Steinway Piano Costs

Posted by Andy Bergmann on September 13, 2013
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We picked up an upright 1905 Steinway model “K” for fifty dollars at an estate sale a few weeks ago. Steinway has been the world’s premiere piano-maker for over a century, so even though ours is in rough shape, it’s pretty cool just to have one sitting in the living room.

Here’s a look at the costs of the classic Steinway model “D” grand piano since 1900. Values reflect the lowest retail price for each year and no, they are not adjusted for inflation! (It’s about what pianos actually cost at the time)

Scaling Areas in Illustrator

Posted by Andy Bergmann on July 24, 2013
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Using varied sizes of a two-dimensional shape is often an effective way to visually compare quantities. One might think that scaling an object 200% in Illustrator would cause its area to become twice as large. This is not the case. It will actually result in an area four times as large, due to the fact that both the linear height and linear width are scaled by 200%.

Here is a simple formula to calculate the necessary scale percentage, based on the relationship of two values.

Example: We need one square to represent 100 people and another to represent 200 people.

Now just take a copy of the first square and scale it 141.4% in Illustrator.

Personal Space

Posted by Andy Bergmann on April 04, 2013
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Featured on CNN and Visually.

Population density measures the amount of people in a given area, generally per square kilometer or mile. It’s difficult to get a clear image of what these vast spaces actually represent, so I thought that it would be interesting to flip the equation on its head and figure out how much space there is on average per person. This “Personal Space” is very easy to calculate. In the imperial system, ft2 per person = 27,878,000/(people per mile2). In the metric system, m2 per person = 1,000,000/(people per km2).

NBA Titles

Posted by Andy Bergmann on December 11, 2012
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One very simple bit of data stood out in the research for the last set of visualizations: The Celtics and the Lakers have won more NBA Championships than all other franchises combined. Pretty amazing.

(Almost) Five decades of Bulls

Posted by Andy Bergmann on November 14, 2012
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Best Sports Infographics of 2012 on Deadspin. Featured on Fast Company.

It clearly takes a village. Jordan was already a force to be reckoned with in the late eighties, but it wasn’t until Pippen, Grant and Kukoc stepped onto the court that the championships started rolling in. This phenomenon was obviously not missed on LeBron in “The Decision” to join forces with Wade and Bosh.

Five Decades of Celtics

Posted by Andy Bergmann on November 14, 2012
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Best Sports Infographics of 2012 on Deadspin. Featured on Fast Company.

With seventeen total Championships, the Celts are the most decorated franchise of all time. However, none of the big stars ever averaged over thirty points a season (Bird got pretty close at 29.9 in the 1987-88 season), again exemplifying the power of a rounded team effort.

It’s also interesting to see how the unparalleled run of wins in the sixties tapers out into the double decade drought that began in the mid-eighties.

Five Decades of Lakers

Posted by Andy Bergmann on November 14, 2012
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Best Sports Infographics of 2012 on Deadspin. Featured on Fast Company.

Many of the biggest names in the history of the sport were dressed in gold. With sixteen wins, the Lakers fall just one shy of Boston, and once again the championships coincide more closely with the clusters than the peaks.

Some of the team’s best played in the 60’s, but due to Celtic domination, Baylor, West and Chamberlain didn’t take the finals until quite late in their careers.

Five Decades of Knicks

Posted by Andy Bergmann on November 14, 2012
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Best Sports Infographics of 2012 on Deadspin. Featured on Fast Company.

The thought of the Knicks bringing home the gold seems somewhat far fetched, but apparently it actually happened in ’70 and ’73. The days of Clydesanity must have been pretty exciting.

Evolution of Disk (and a tape)

Posted by Andy Bergmann on June 28, 2012
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Evolution of Disk

We were cleaning out some drawers in the office yesterday and came across a clunky old SyQuest disk. Memories of a particular workflow suddenly came back to me:

– Flip through a book of stock images. Choose one.
– Walk to the stock agency and pick up the chrome.
– Drop the chrome off at a service bureau for a drum scan.
– Return to the office and wait.
– Receive package from courier several hours later.
– Take out chrome and SyQuest disk with “hi-res” image.
– Try repetitively to mount the disk until it finally works.

This last step was particularly fun, as it often required several OS reboots.

All of this is of course now accomplished with a scroll and a click (and in turn a few extra inches around the waistline), but SyQuest certainly deserves a tip of the hat for making large graphic files portable and quietly revolutionizing the design field.

This graphic focuses on some of the more popular magnetic removable storage formats from the 70’s through the mid 90’s, before optical and ultimately solid state technologies came on with a vengeance.

A quick note: Each of these formats were revamped several times to increase storage capacity over the years. I’ve just included the sizes that were most popular for long periods of time as a frame of reference.