Does height matter in the NBA?

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Introduction:

For the people who don't know, the acronym NBA stands for National Basketball Association. NBA's mission is to be the most respected and successful sports league and sports marketing organization in the world. Basketball popularity has been increasing through out the years and many consider the sport as second most popular in the world. Like every sport basketball, has its share of myths and misconceptions. One of the most popular myths that surround this sport is the height factor. The general population tends to think that height is a key factor when playing this sport. This report's purpose is to clear up the misconception of the height factor that the general population has.

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"The formula Player Efficiency Rating (PER) sums up a players' accomplishments (the statistical ones, anyway) for a season. The ratings are not intended to be the final word on how a player performs, but are designed to inform the debate." (http://www.alleyoop.com). The PER ratings will be taken for the top ten players from the last 3 seasons. This comparison is to show whether height is a factor to become a top-level player or not. There is also a player ranking to show which player fits what category. In this research method, the mean and the standard deviation of the heights and the PER ratings will be taken. The standard deviation of height shows if there is a wide range of variation in the data. If its small then it might indicate that height affects the game. If the range of data is large, then height does not affect it that much.

NBA Draft: Picks VS Height:

This method is done to find the answer to research question 3. Teams often see good players in college anywhere from 6'7" to 6'9" who play in the paint. "However, teams are often leery of picking such a player because they are afraid that he will not be able to make the transition from college to the pros. They often label these types of players, "tweeners." In other words, they feel that the player does not really have a set position in the pros. This leaves GMs in a bit of a quandary as to what to do."(nbadraft.net)

In this research method, the mean and the standard deviation of the heights will be

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