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README.md

NBA Rookie Statistics

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Summary

A mathematical machine learning model designed to predict the regular season averaging statistics for incoming rookies, by applying the trend of all the NBA player’s (1980 - 2018) college careers compared to their first season in the league, to the 2019 rookies college career statistics. I built this model using Python, and I’m currently working on a UI to display the calculated data.

Data Preparation

Before actually playing with and analyzing the data, I used BeautifulSoup to scrape all the required data, which included the following:

  • Year-by-year in-game NBA statistics of every player from 1980 to 2019
  • Year-by-year in-game College statistics of the every player accounted for above
  • In-game College statistic of every in-coming NBA rookie for 2019

Analysis

Following are the concepts that were applied to predict the 2019 in-game statistics of incoming rookies:

  • Correlation Matrix
  • Linear Regression
  • Extra Trees
  • Random Forest
  • XGBoost
  • Feed Forward Neural Network
  • Differences

Examples

The following are a few examples of the predicted statistics for the 2019-2020 Rookies:

Players Points Assists Rebounds Steals Blocks Draft Pick
Zion Williamson 13.0 2.4 6.2 1.1 0.8 #1
Darius Garland 8.1 1.9 2.9 0.6 0.2 #5
Coby White 7.8 2.3 2.2 0.6 0.2 #7
Cam Reddish 6.1 1.1 1.6 0.6 0.2 #10
Bol Bol 9.4 1.1 4.9 0.5 0.8 #44

Tools

Data: BeautifulSoup, Pandas

Visualization: SeaBorn, Matplotlib

Analysis: TPOT, XGBoost, SkLearn

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