From college to the NBA: what determines a player’s success and what characteristics are NBA franchises overlooking?
Applied Economics Letters
Considering NBA players who were drafted between 2006 and 2013, the author analyses the determinants of draft position, playing time and player productivity. By comparing these factors simultaneously, one is able to consider if there are some factors that correlate with players’ draft positions, but fail to correlate with on-court performance. For example, the results reveal that a player’s college turnover rate does not predict his draft position or his playing time in the NBA despite evidence that turnover-prone college players are less effective in the NBA. These results can be used to improve draft-day decisions for NBA executives.
Evans, B.A. (2018). From college to the NBA: what determines a player’s success and what characteristics are NBA franchises overlooking? Applied Economics Letters, 25(5): 300-304.