MULTIVARIATE AND UNIVARIATE DIFFERENCES IN OFFENSE-DEFENSE VARIABLESAMONG THE BEST BASKETBALL LEAGUES

Borce Daskalovski, Milan Naumovski, Miodrag Kocić

A research aiming to determine intergroup differences in offense-defense variables among four studied subsamples was conducted on a sample of 368 basketball players from the NBA league, the Euroleague, the Adriatic (ABA) league, and the First Macedonian Basketball League. A total of fourteen variables were applied to assess the performance of each player, eleven of which were offense and three were defense variables. Based on the results of the performed multivariate analysis of offense variables it was found that there are statistically significant differences in the arithmetic means of the following applied variables among the four subsamples: total two-point field goals (FG), total two-point field goals attempted (FGA), and assists (ASS). NBA respondents achieved best results in the total two-point field goals (FG) variable, meaning they attempt more two-point field goals compared to other respondents, which by all means allows them to achieve higher scores. NBA respondents have the highest number of assists (ASS) per game. The results of the multivariate analysis of defense variables show statistically significant differences in the arithmetic means of the following applied variables among the four subsamples: defensive rebounds (DR) and total rebounds (TOTR). NBA respondents achieved the best results in these two variables.

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