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Team VMI's


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EAST

TEAM  09-17    09-18    09-19    09-20  YTD
Atlanta Hawks
na
na
na
na
-0.26
Boston Celtics
na
na
na
na
+0.59
Brooklyn Nets
na
na
na
na
+0.42
Charlotte Hornets
na
na
na
na
-0.12
Chicago Bulls
na
na
na
na
-0.13
Cleveland Cavaliers
na
na
na
na
-0.16
Detroit Pistons
na
na
na
na
+0.02
Indiana Pacers
na
na
na
na
-0.20
Miami Heat
na
na
na
na
+0.47
Milwaukee Bucks
na
na
na
na
-0.12
New York Knicks
na
na
na
na
+0.47
Orlando Magic
na
na
na
na
+0.32
Philadelphia 76ers
na
na
na
na
+0.41
Toronto Raptors
na
na
na
na
+0.29
Washington Wizards
na
na
na
na
+0.63

 

WEST

TEAM  09-17    09-18    09-19    09-20  YTD
Dallas Mavericks
na
na
na
na
+0.11
Denver Nuggets
na
na
na
na
-3.87
Golden State Warriors
na
na
na
na
+0.74
Houston Rockets
na
na
na
na
+0.83
LA Clippers Clippers
na
na
na
na
+0.41
LA Lakers Lakers
na
na
na
na
+0.49
Memphis Grizzlies
na
na
na
na
+0.30
Minnesota Timberwolves
na
na
na
na
+0.04
New Orleans Pelicans
na
na
na
na
+0.67
Oklahoma City Thunder
na
na
na
na
-0.21
Phoenix Suns
na
na
na
na
-0.32
Portland Trail Blazers
na
na
na
na
+0.99
San Antonio Spurs
na
na
na
na
+0.65
Sacramento Kings
na
na
na
na
+0.80
Utah Jazz
na
na
na
na
-3.47

Team VMI's    

The Visual Memory Index (VMI) gauges how familiar is the team with how far their longer shots will travel given the normal thrust the players are used to applying to the basketball.  

Today's VMI formula tracks not only the schedule, but also includes significant shoot-around workouts between games. 

In previous collegiate basketball studies, there was a 9% drop in three point percentage when road teams played at a "significantly" different altitude than their home court.  All games and workouts form the touch of the shooter.  When the touch must change to create a shorter shot by more than an inch, or a longer shot by the same or greater amount, then the VMI gauges that distance.  If the team of outside shooters sports a minus VMI, then their normal thrust will place the ball a little short.  If the team sports a plus VMI, then their typical thrust for that distance will be a little long.  One and one half inches differential is enough to clip the rim and cause a miss. 

How quickly and how many players adjust to that distance differential will affect the win percentages over the course of the NBA or College season.   The greater the VMI, the greater the adjustment amount.  The VMI is set up so that one inch of adjustmeent is gauged by a 4.00 VMI, 8.00 VMI would be 2 inches, etc. 

There is not a superior side of zero VMI.  Whether plus VMI or minus VMI, the adjustment is still necessary.  Early in the season, the players' touch is not so cemented into a norm, it appears.  This is most likely due to playing summer games, pre-season travel, and shoot-arounds anywhere they are available.  After a couple months of the season, the teams are more settled into their home shoot around and home court, so the VMI seems to be more accurate later in the season.  

 

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