NBA Finals 2020

Basketball is back, being played in the "bubble" in Orlando Florida.  Teams are competing in the playoffs and the NBA Finals are right around the corner.  Let's do a little sports history and data analysis through the context of NBA Finals math!  In this activity students consider scatter plots, circle graphs, bar graphs, Venn Diagrams and the concept of mean.

To start the activity check out the Infographic below.  What do you notice?  What does it make you think?  What questions do you have? How does the average age of  NBA champion teams compare to the league's average team age?  How can we use this information to help us predict future NBA champs?

Infographic created by Paul Van Slembrouck, @ptvan at Original data compiled by Idris Raja.

Continue exploring NBA championship data in our handout by exploring the dominance of a select few teams in NBA history.  Students work the data, data representations and statistics.  For which kind of observations are circle graphs or bar graphs most useful?  Who has won the most NBA titles NBA history?  Lots of math!

The activity: 2020-NBA-finals.pdf

CCSS: 8.SP.1, 7.SP.4, 6.SP.3, 6.SP.5 

For members we have an editable Word docx, an Excel sheet, and solutions.

2020-NBA-finals.docx    NBA-Championships2020.xlsx    2020nba-finals-solutions.pdf

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