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January 11, 2016

Makeover Monday: Stephen Curry Hates Mid-Range Jump Shots

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This week's Makeover Monday looks at this simple stacked bar chart from Sports Chart of the Day:


What works well:

  1. Nice labelling on the axes; this makes it clear what we data is displayed
  2. Nice annotation of the point of the chart


What could be done better:

  1. Needs a better title
  2. Needs to incorporate shooting % so that I can better understand the relationship between shots taken and shooting %
  3. Group together all shots over 30 feet
  4. Find a better way to compare the number of shots taken on each range. I find the stacked bars hard to compare within in a shot distance.
  5. Make the different shot ranges more clear, e.g., what defines a long 2?
  6. Provide a summary
  7. How are Curry's shot selections changing over time?


With these considerations in mind, here is my my makeover of the chart:


Note: If you'd like to participate in Makeover Monday, check this link for the details.

6 comments :

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    1. These aren't lollipops, they're DNA charts or barbell charts. Here's the tutorial http://vizwiz.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/dnacharts.html

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  2. Dear Andy please share how did you draw the basketball court... if possible make the video and upload it.

    Regards
    Arshad

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    1. It's a background image. Download the workbook and you'll see how it's done.

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  3. Hey Andy, did you find the X/Y coordinates to plot on the court? If not, what was your process for mapping that out? Thanks, Brit.

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    1. I got the dimensions of a basketball court and used that. Then I made them slightly larger to account for the sidelines. It took several iterations to get it just right.

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