Sports and statistics go hand in hand. You don’t get one without the other. Stats are the primary evidence of how well a player or a team plays. Simple statistics suggest that an NBA player averaging 20 points per game must be better than another player scoring just 10 points per game. The further you delve into statistics, the more information about a player or team you will get. Many baseball teams use statistics to help put together a winning team.
Sadly, many journalists, bloggers, color commentators and people in general like to gloss over stats and generally try to ignore them. They think statistics are too complicated and sometimes even misleading. These people will be called Visualists. Visualists believe that there is more to be gained by simply watching a team and making judgments based on what they see. Thus, statistics have often been pushed to the background and ignored. When statistics do pop up in an article or a commentary, they usually take the form of either outrageous facts and records or simple, base stats that don’t hold much substance.
My writings will be focused on statistics and why stats and visual results actually go together.