# FanGraphs Audio: Tom Haberstroh, NBA Nerd

Episode 119
Sources close to FanGraphs Audio report that the 2011-12 NBA season is mere days away. To acquaint us with same, we bring in a kindred spirit: ESPN NBA analyst Tom Haberstroh. Topics discussed: the Chris Paul Situation, the Denver Nuggets and scoring efficiency, notable rookies.

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Audio after the jump. (Approximately 38 min. play time.)

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4 years 6 months ago

loved it.

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beachykeen
4 years 6 months ago

There needs to be a Fangraphs Basketball wing of this site

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Dude
4 years 6 months ago

No one cares about the NBA. Also, this is a baseball site. That is all.

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Steven
4 years 6 months ago

I love basketball, but am new to this basketball analytics stuff. Why is Total Shooting % := Pts/(2*(FGA+.44*FTA)) not Pts/(3*3PA+2*(FGA-3PA)+1*FTA). It seems like the latter is more logical. Can someone explain, or point me in the direction of a basketball analytics site I can ask/find the answer? (Also, this .44 weight comes up a lot, why?)

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Steven
4 years 6 months ago

Sorry I meant true shooting %- TS%

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Steven
4 years 6 months ago

I figure it out, if any one cares its: TS% := Made Baskets (weighted for worth) per Possession Ending in a Shot. Made Baskets= 1.5 * 3P + 2P + .5 * FT = PTS/2. Possessions ending with a shot = FGA+.44FTA. Why .44? 2 free throw attempts would usually equal one field goal attempt, but there are also “and 1s”. The stats tell us that 9 Free Throw Attempts = 4 Field Goal Attempts. Thus, the number of possessions that end with a shot are FGA + 4/9 FTA.