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Anatomy of a Basketball Possession

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I promised to communicate why I use advanced metrics more clearly, and this is my first project toward that goal. A game is made up of possessions. Each team ends up with roughly the same number of possessions, because possessions can't end until the other team has the ball. This diagram shows what can happen in a possession, and what ends a possession.

The possession-ending plays are in green and red polygons. Other plays do not end possessions, and progress to one of the next steps. Later, we'll look at how often possessions end for the Kings, Kings' opponents and the league at large. But for now ...