Guruvi Basketball

Track Your Favorite Stars to Improve Your Own Game

How much should you improve your basketball statistics? We recommend that you also use the Guruvi Basketball app to score some of the matches of your favorite players. Then use the stats of your favorite player to set reasonable goals for improving your own stats. This works best if the player you are tracking plays the same position as you such as forward, center, or guard. For example, look at how often your favorite player is attempting to pass versus taking shots on the basket then compare those to your stats. Are you shooting much less often because you are playing conservatively? Are you making a much higher percentage of bad passes? Compare all your stats and think about what conclusions you can make.

Spectators have the tendency to just watch and follow the ball. Another benefit of using the Guruvi Basketball app is that it will force you to more closely watch the player that you are tracking and see how they are moving when they don’t have the ball. By watching your favorite player so closely on and off the ball, you’ll get a better understanding of how they play and can apply that understanding to your own playing style.

Ball Handling Assessment

Using the statistics from the Guruvi Basketball app, you can assess your ball handling skills. If a ball possession for the player ends in a successful pass or ends in the player taking a shot, the result was positive from a ball handling perspective. On the other hand if the ball possession ends in an unsuccessful pass or the ball being lost, then the result was negative from a ball handling perspective.

Look at your offensive and defensive event breakdowns. On the offensive events add the percentage of the times that your possession ended in taking a shot with the percentage of the times that your possession ended in a successful pass (circled by blue in the figure below.) On the defensive events just look at the times that your possession ended in a successful pass. Compare this to the percentage of the times that your possession ended in an unsuccessful pass added to the percentage of the times that your possession ended by losing the ball (circled by red in the figure below.) Ball possessions ending in a positive outcome (blue) should be more than twice as much as ball possessions ending in a negative outcome (red.) If you’re turning the ball over too many times, then look at your event breakdown to see if it is mostly due to unsuccessful passes or due to losing the ball too often and make the adjustment in your game to reduce your turnovers.

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Comparing Your Performance in a Match to Your Career Average

Do you wonder if your performance in an important match was better or worse than you normally play? Obviously if you are playing against an unusually good team or unusually bad team, that might explain why your performance was so different than normal. However using the Guruvi Basketball app you can analyze specific parts of your play and determine if there are areas you can improve on to better prepare you for the next big match.

For every match the app shows how your stats for that match compared to your career stats. The career stats are your stats averaged over the last 20 matches. The “vs. Career” column in the Match tab shows the difference between the match average and the career average. For example, if for the particular match the user got 16% of his/her points through free throws and the career average of this stat is 7%, then the “vs. Career” column will show 9% (16%-7%)

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Start by looking at the “vs. Career” column for offensive and defensive events. If any of these numbers are 10% or more, then that particular area of your play was significantly different that normal. For events that have a positive outcome such as making a successful pass, 10% or larger implies that you did better than normal. If these numbers are -10% (negative) or even lower then you did worse than normal. The opposite conclusion holds for events that have a negative outcome such as losing the ball while or making a bad pass. For these events if the “vs. Career” column is 10% or larger then you did worse than normal and if the numbers are -10% or even a more negative number then you did better than normal.

By looking at the offensive and defensive events in this manner determine if your passing game was off. If it was, next time organize with your teammates to establish shorter passes and work on moving without the ball to find the open spots. If on the other hand, you were losing the ball too much, work on passing the ball off sooner.

Similarly analyze the other statistics for the match. Were you fouled more than normal? Did you foul the opposing players more than normal? Were your field goal and free throw percentages higher or lower than normal? Once you understand the answers to these questions, think about what you can do differently in the next big match.

Practice: Drills or Matches?

Most often recreational players get together with friends and teammates and practice by shooting the ball around and playing pick-up matches. Although such practice matches are important, they are not the best way to raise your game to the next level.

Drills are the key element of practice that allow you to elevate your game. Unlike pick-up matches or just taking shots, drills can place emphasis on a specific weakness or an area that you are trying to improve. During pick-up matches, you may also be inclined to hide your weaknesses or play more conservatively in order to win and therefore not practice the skills that you need to develop the most.

Drills can also simulate important match-like conditions and allow for the repetition to give you the confidence and skill to perform in such situations. For example, during a real match, it is likely that you’ll receive a pass with your back to the goal and then have to dribble or turn around quickly to take the shot on goal so drills that re-create such situations are important.

As a general rule, spend at least 33% of your practice time on drills. Uncover your weaknesses using the Guruvi Basketball app, and then practice the drills that target those specific weaknesses.