Date of Award
Director of Thesis
Dr. David Hitchcock
Dr. Judith Kalb
A common saying in sports is that “defense wins championships.” However, the past decade of play in the modern NBA has seen a rise and focus in offensive efficiency and 3-pointers. This thesis tests whether defense can truly predict a championship winning team in today’s NBA through two-sample hypothesis testing and multiple logistic regression models. The results found that both defensive and offensive statistics were significant predictors of championship teams, meaning that a balanced team, rather than one specialized in defense alone, is a more accurate predictor of championship success.
Burkett, Thomas, "Does Defense Actually Win Championships? Using Statistics to Examine One of the Greatest Stereotypes in Sports" (2021). Senior Theses. 468.