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NBA shots 2006-2011

Color-coded map of all shots taken in the NBA 2006-2011; the areas on the floor that yielded the most points per shot appear red, and those that yielded the fewest points per shot appear blue.

Credit: Kirk Goldsberry

The annual Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, created in 2006, has become something like Bonnaroo for sports nerds. And if there was a breakout star at this year's gathering, held at MIT this past weekend, it may have been Kirk Goldsberry, an assistant professor of geography at Michigan State (and currently a visiting scholar at Harvard).

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