While watching the Olympic recap this morning, the sportscaster mentioned that the U.S. men’s basketball team struggled shooting the 3-point shot. I punched up the box score for the game, and, sure enough, the team did struggle making only 5 of 21 shots (23.8%). Then I looked at the individual player shooting percentages and saw that Kobe Bryant made 0 of his 8 3-pointers, which means the rest of the team made 5 of 13 (38.5%). This is close to the average of 40% that all teams average. In reality, one player shot rather poorly while the rest of the team shot at an average clip.
This reminded me of an attendance presentation given to our staff last year. We were being given a long, long lecture about our inability to take attendance and were threatened with returning to a more labor intensive method of attendance submission. Continue reading