Timelines

NBA Jump Shot Density for 23 Seasons

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The 2020-21 NBA season tips off tomorrow night with nine games!

2020 has certainly presented its challenges, and it’s been no different for the sports world. In the National Football League, several games have had to be rescheduled this season due to several positive COVID-19 cases from around the league. Earlier this season in the NBA, the entire league moved their games to what became known as the “NBA Bubble,” which was an isolation zone at Walt Disney World in Bay Lake, Florida, with the purpose to protect the NBA players for the remainder of the season.

NBA Jump Shot Density for 23 Seasons from r/DataArt

Jump shots are one of the most exciting parts of the action in the National Basketball Association, and this very interesting graphic from /u/Alexander_Varlamov and CoolBlueData.com takes a look at the jump shot density in the NBA for a span of 23 basketball seasons (it begins with the 1997-1998 NBA season). Some of the greatest jump shooters in the history of the NBA are actually active today, including Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors, Kyle Korver of the Milwaukee Bucks, and Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets.

As the animated timeline ticks past the 2003-2004 season, a shift in how the game is played becomes obvious—players have become much more likely to go for three-pointers than in the past. By 2016-2017, it had become the vast majority of shots, and in the 2019-2020 season, the map seems to indicate that two-pointer jump shots have become a true rarity in the game of basketball. Teams know that three-pointers can win championships, and if you can hit them consistently, the extra points can really add up!

Currently, the longest successful jump shot in the history of the National Basketball Association was 89 feet (27 m), and it was hit by Baron Davis on February 17, 2001. Davis made the shot with just 0.7 seconds remaining in the third quarter of a game at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin against the Milwaukee Bucks. Baron Davis played for the Charlotte Hornets at the time, and also spent time with the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers, and New York Knicks over the course of 15-season NBA career.

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Misc Visuals

A Timeline of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is one of the most popular and lucrative franchises in the world. It’s the highest-grossing film franchise of all time, and also ranks very highly among the highest-grossing overall media franchises of all time beneath global powerhouses like Pokémon and Mickey Mouse. The movies and television series bounce around the timeline of the MCU, and the multitude of characters featured can make it hard to keep track of each hero’s journey throughout the universe.

Reddit user AdamJGarrod posted an original visualization to the Data is Beautiful subreddit which tracks the path of each character chronologically through the movies and television series, starting with Captain America through the not-yet-released The Marvels.

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The graphic, created using digital illustration program Procreate, maps the progress of the most popular heroes in the MCU through the films and TV series that they appear in. Chronologically, the first film in the universe is Captain America, which takes place during World War II. Using the visualization, fans can chart the journeys of the three main characters (Captain America, Bucky Barnes, and Nick Fury) as they make their way through the different movies and shows of the MCU.

It’s also interesting to see where new characters first appeared in the MCU. Some of the heroes, like the Hulk and Iron Man, first appear in their respective eponymous films. Other characters, like Ant Man and Spider-Man, appear chronologically well before their own films were released.

Whether you’re a diehard Marvel buff or a casual fan of the films, you’re bound to find this unique visualization intriguing.

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Which Characters from “The Office” Have the Most Lines?

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Even though the last season of television show “The Office” aired in 2014, it’s still incredibly popular. It has become a cult classic and is one of the most popular shows to binge watch. Many fans of the show have seen the entire series multiple times and can recite the show’s most famous lines word for word.

The following visualization, created by Bo McReady, illustrates which characters from “The Office” had the largest share of lines spoken in each episode of the series.

(Note: spoilers abound!)

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The image utilizes a sparkline visualization to show the 20 characters that had the most on-screen lines throughout the course of the show. Michael Scott, the hapless yet beloved boss of Dunder Mifflin, typically has the most lines in every episode until he leaves the series in season 7. Dwight Schrute, Jim Halpert, and Pam Halpert (formerly Beesly) are close behind him, as the trio’s frequent banter is one of the most memorable parts of the show.

There are also some characters that did not appear in the early seasons of the show that rank highly on the chart. Andy Bernard, who first appeared at the Stamford branch of Dunder Mifflin in season 3, and Erin Hannon, who replaced Pam as the office’s receptionist in season 5, both have high spots on the list.

Interestingly, one of the show’s most popular characters didn’t make the list at all. Fan favorite Creed Bratton, despite appearing in many episodes from the pilot through the finale, is nowhere to be found on the chart. While his non sequiturs and disconcerting rants are unforgettable, they are few and far between in the show.

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Cities that Saw the Most Small Business Openings Through the Years

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Many Americans have ambitions of opening their own business. From restaurants to clothing boutiques, small businesses are one of the hallmarks of the American dream. People from cities all over the country scout out the perfect locations to start their small businesses.

This visualization from WizardPins.com illustrates which U.S. cities had the most small business openings each year between 2009 and 2018.

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The image utilizes sorted stream graphs to visualize the 10 cities that had the highest percentage of new small business openings each year. It also contains a contrasting graph that illustrates the U.S. cities with the highest percentage of small business closings each year. Some cities (like Austin-Round Rock, TX and Midland, TX) manage to make the list nearly every year. In contrast, Charleston, WV sadly has experienced the one of the highest rates of small business closures since 2013.

As of 2018, these are the U.S. cities that have the highest percentages of small business openings:

  1. Boise City, ID — 4.274% increase
  2. Provo/Orem, UT — 4.109% increase
  3. Bend/Redmond, OR — 3.889% increase
  4. St. George, UT — 3.64% increase
  5. Coeur d’Alene, ID — 3.518% increase
  6. Bozeman, MT — 3.434% increase
  7. Midland, TX — 3.326% increase
  8. Austin/Round Rock, TX — 3.11% increase
  9. Greeley, CO — 2.959% increase
  10. Wilmington, NC — 2.802% increase

Surprisingly, Idaho cities make the list multiple times. Boise, Idaho’s capital city, saw a more than 4% increase in small business openings in 2018. This makes them the city with the highest rate of small business openings in the country. Coming in at the number five spot is Coeur d’Alene. It’s the largest city in North Idaho

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