Date of Publication

Winter 12-17-2015

Document Type

Undergraduate Project

Professor's Name

Emily Dane-Staples


Moreyball is the concept of emphasizing three pointers and points in the paint over mid-range shots on offense, while forcing mid-range shots on defense. Understanding this concept is crucial not just for front office personnel, but the players and the coaches of the NBA. This research explored whether or not Moreyball accurately predicts success in the NBA. The methodology used multiple regressions between specific NBA statistics and the Win/Loss record of NBA teams. The results of this research showed that on its own, the main statistics of Moreyball were significant in predicting team success in the NBA. However when additional statistics were included, the strength of the model increases, demonstrating there is more than just the Moreyball variables that contribute to team success.