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Aspiring and determined Sports Analytics student at Trinity University.

On December 15, 2020, after consecutive NBA MVP wins, Giannis Antetokounmpo signed the largest contract in NBA history worth $228 million over five years. This nine-figure contract came after multiple years of success in Milwaukee from the “Greek Freak,” and may result in a future championship. Large deals like this have become a fixture in basketball, and there are no signs of stopping. However, as in all professional sports, certain contracts work out better than others. When these deals are unsuccessful, teams are left paying large sums for players that should be on the bench. Professional teams have an idea…


Applying Julia programming language and machine learning to sports

With 2020 coming to a close, many people are counting down the minutes until 2021. However, basketball fans are counting down the minutes until the tip off of the new NBA season on December 22. The first game of the opening week will feature Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors against Kyrie Irving and former Warrior, Kevin Durant, with the Brooklyn Nets. As a sports fanatic and a data analytics student, I decided to predict the winners of the first week of NBA games. Using the Julia programming language and data from, …

Using machine learning to predict the 2020 NBA Champion


The day the world of sports stopped seems like forever ago. On March 11th, the NBA season suspended in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Going to college in San Antonio and being a part-time employee for the San Antonio Spurs, I was excited to see if our team could snag a final spot in the playoffs. I was excited to work the game when it happened, but that became impossible. Like many other students, I was sent home for our safety. Due to my collegiate studies, I could not enjoy…

Tristan Smith

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