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Backpick | noun | [Bak-pik]:  1. Basketball: A screen set off the ball in order to free a cutting teammate. Often not observed by the lay person. See: Back screen.

Welcome! I’m Ben, a behavioral scientist who loves basketball. I’ve had this blog in some form or another since 2011. Since then I’ve developed a bunch of historical metrics, hand-tracked hundreds of games, tried to start a basketball data company and written a book about basketball and cognition. You can explore all of these in the site menu above, along with many of my old posts in the archives.

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