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Analyzing the NBA Draft with SAP Lumira

The DataViz team at SAP decided to take a look at the top players in the upcoming NBA draft and see how their statistics stacked up against each other.  Looking purely at statistics there was an easy argument for Andrew Wiggins (Kansas), Jabari Parker (Duke), and Joel Emiid (Kansas) as the favorites to go number one in this year’s draft.


Looking at historical stats on NBA draft picks shows the number one pick are typically a center or power forward position. Here’s a visualization of the number one picks over the past 20 years.


This radar chart view gives insight on the DNA of each of the top picks and how they compare in certain statistical categories to analyze who wins out at a quick glance. When looking at this view we can see Wiggins and Parker as clear leaders and have the best collective DNA when looking across offensive and defensive statistics.


This analysis was created using SAP Lumira Cloud running on the SAP HANA Cloud.

*Disclaimer: this analysis and predictions are an attempt to showcase SAP technology not accurately predict sport outcomes.

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      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Looks awesome, especially that last viz where you can see what type of player each of them are.

      Those #1 picks over the past 20 years though, seeing Kwame Brown up there next to all the names, just..............oh Kwame!! 😀

      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas

      The stats were right with Kansas Wiggins and Embiid going 1 and 3 in the draft - can you say "Rock Chalk Jayhawk" KU ?