Thoughts about visualizing NBA shooting

I am still tweaking the graphs I’ve already shown and working on some new things1 but I want to post something about the decisions I made in this process. The biggest puzzle in making these kinds of visuals has to do with binning. Binning data is taking data and sorting it into discrete bins to make it easier to interpret. Here’s a shooting graph where the data has been binned very very little (into 1ft x 1ft squares):

No binning!

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  1. Graphs of the on-court/off-court difference players make, adjusting or normalizing graphs to account for teammates and opponents, graphs focused on offense rather than defense, and other things.