Comparing NBA Stars to their Statistical Contemporaries: An Application of Machine Learning

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry reacts after making a 3-point shot against the Chicago Bulls during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. Warriors won 106-94. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

It’s human nature to compare, and nowhere is that tendency more present than with sports. We have an almost debilitating dependency on analyzing players by comparing them to others. And well, if we’re gonna do that, may as well do it in as informed a way as possible. Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t.

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