This NBA Passing Chart Looks at Players' Passing Tendencies

 - Mar 21, 2014
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Sports infographics can often be cluttered, and difficult to read and understand, but Andrew Bergmann's NBA passing infographic is anything but; it has a smart, simple design that gets the message across without any unnecessary visual gimmicks.

The infographic shows how each of the NBA's 30 teams pass the ball to each other. Each team is represented by a star, with five points representing the five starting players. Each pair of points, representing players, is connected by a line; the thickness of the line is directly proportional to the number of passes between that particular pair of players. Specifically, the line takes into account the average number of passes per game between the two players.

A cursory glance at this beautiful sports infographic reveals that the Chicago Bulls, New Jersey Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers tend to share ball possession, and passing duties. Meanwhile, teams like the Los Angeles Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves tend to have passes dominated by one pair of star players.