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Best Basketball Books: The Ultimate Collection

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Basketball books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. A Tale of Two Basketball Towns and Their Coach Jim Musburger: Strandquist and Karlstad, Minnesota 1956 – 1979 (2019)

 Best Basketball Books: The Ultimate CollectionThis is the story of two basketball teams and their coach, Jim Musburger, who coached and taught in Strandquist and Karlstad, two small towns in northwestern Minnesota from 1956 to 1979. They were single-minded in their pursuit of excellence and good sportsmanship, in a way unique to small town basketball and other sports as well. Before computers, cell phones and video games, basketball, often the only winter sport in small towns, provided countless thrills and excitement for players, fans and coaches. Stories of small town sports are endlessly…
Author(s): Jill A. Johnson

2. Basketball Analytics: Objective and Efficient Strategies for Understanding How Teams Win (2013)

 Best Basketball Books: The Ultimate CollectionBasketball Analytics is a must-read for any sports analytics enthusiast or student of the game of basketball. Authors Stephen Shea, Ph.D. (Professor of Mathematics) and Christopher Baker (Software Engineer) utilize their unique skill-set to introduce original metrics for analyzing player performance, team style and team construction in the NBA. While demonstrating an awareness of the industry’s best ideas, the authors present original, objective and efficient strategies for understanding how teams win. New player performance statistics include Offensive Efficiency (OE), Efficient Offensive Production (EOP), Defensive Stops…
Author(s): Stephen M. Shea, Christopher E. Baker

3. Youth Basketball Playbook: Notebook with blank basketball court diagrams, notes, and undated calendar (8.5×11) (2019)

 Best Basketball Books: The Ultimate CollectionThis basketball notebook is a must have for coaches. With 70 pages of court diagrams, it can be used as a playbook, scouting notebook, or practice planner. There are also lined pages for notes and an undated 12 month calendar to keep you organized during the season.SIZE: 8.5×11 inchesINTERIOR: 70 half page basketball court diagrams, 28 lined notes pages, 12 month calendarCOVER: Soft cover Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Charlie Arcano

4. The Magic of Basketball (2019)

 Best Basketball Books: The Ultimate CollectionOne dribble, two dribbles, three dribbles, four. One step, two steps, in the basket, score! When Kayla is first introduced to the game of basketball, she quickly learns that there is more to the sport than learning how to play. Kayla discovers that basketball is magical, and gives many gifts along the way! Written in rhyme, this book is inspired by the true story of a young Canadian girl who used an orange basketball to live out her dreams. ‘The Magic of Basketball!’ encourages children to recognize all of the gifts and opportunities that sports can provide. It teaches…
Author(s): Kayla Alexander, Kesia Alexander

5. The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to The Sports Guy (2010)

 Best Basketball Books: The Ultimate CollectionForeword by Malcolm Gladwell   Newly updated with fresh takes on LeBron, Kobe, the Celtics & more*Bill Simmons, the wildly opinionated and thoroughly entertaining basketball addict known to millions as’s The Sports Guy, has written the definitive book on the past, present, and future of the NBA. From the age-old question of who actually won the rivalry between Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain to the one about which team was truly the best of all time, Simmons opens—and then closes, once and for all—every major pro basketball debate. Then he takes it further by completely reevaluating not only how…
Author(s): Bill Simmons, Malcolm Gladwell

6. Coaching Youth Basketball: A Baffled Parent’s Guide (Baffled Parent’s Guides) (1999)

 Best Basketball Books: The Ultimate CollectionDavid G. Faucher shares his successful “full-participation model” of coaching youth basketball in this Baffled Parent’s Guide. Faucher, the head coach of the men’s basketball team at Dartmouth College, covers creating good habits, offensive skills and defensive basics, dealing with parents, first aid and safety, and game rules….
Author(s): David Faucher

7. Coaching Basketball For Dummies (2007)

 Best Basketball Books: The Ultimate CollectionSo you’re thinking about volunteering to coach youth basketball? Great! You’re in for a fun, rewarding experience. Whether you’re new to the sport and looking for some guidance or you’re a seasoned coach hunting for some fresh tips, Coaching Basketball For Dummies will help you command the court with confidence. Each friendly chapter is packed with expert advice on teaching the basics of basketball—from dribbling and shooting to rebounding and defending—and guiding your kids to a fun-filled, stress-free season. You get a crash course in…
Author(s): The National Alliance For Youth Sports, Greg Bach

8. Basketball on Paper: Rules and Tools for Performance Analysis (2004)

 Best Basketball Books: The Ultimate CollectionJourney “inside the numbers” for an exceptional set of statistical tools and rules that can help explain the winning, or losing, ways of a basketball team. Basketball on Paper doesn’t diagram plays or explain how players get in shape, but instead demonstrates how to interpret player and team performance. Dean Oliver highlights general strategies for teams when they’re winning or losing and what aspects should be the focus in either situation. He describes and quantifies the jobs of team leaders and role players, then discusses the interactions between players and how to achieve the best fit. Oliver conceptualizes the meaning of…
Author(s): Dean Oliver

9. Mind Over Basketball (Coach Yourself to Handle Stress) (2007)

 Best Basketball Books: The Ultimate CollectionUsing an interactive approach, this book includes study guides, exercises to develop confidence and relaxation skills, and self-quizzes, all designed to help kids learn to coach themselves through everyday worry and stress. #322,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #2001 in Children’s Health Books (Books) #207 in Children’s Basketball Books (Books) #826 in Medical Clinical Psychology Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Jane Weierbach, Elizabeth Phillips-Hershey

10. Allie’s Basketball Dream (1998)

 Best Basketball Books: The Ultimate CollectionHooked on basketball from the moment she first plays, Allie nearly gives up trying to get her girlfriends to play the “boy’s game” with her, but her persistence is finally rewarded. Reprint. #529,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #1203 in Children’s African-American Story Books #1830 in Children’s Parents Books #311 in Children’s Basketball Books (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Barbara E Barber, Darryl Ligasan

11. How to Be Better At Basketball in 21 days: The Ultimate Guide to Drastically Improving Your Basketball Shooting, Passing and Dribbling Skills (Basketball in Color) (2017)

 Best Basketball Books: The Ultimate CollectionWant to learn the exact basketball skills, strategies, and techniques the pros use? Discover a 21-day fast-track program to break through your basketball barriers. Struggling to nail that winning shot? Can’t seem to pull off the spectacular passes and incredible crossovers you see on TV? James Wilson is a 30-year veteran of basketball coaching with experience gained in 20 countries. Wilson’s genius, laser-focused 21-day program is designed to improve your game no matter your current skill level. How to Be Better At Basketball in 21 Days: The Ultimate Guide to Drastically Improving…
Author(s): James Wilson

Best Basketball Books: The Ultimate Collection

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some basketball books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Basketball (and other things): a collection of questions asked, answered, illustrated

Author(s): Serrano, Shea;Torres, Arturo
ID: 2762403, Publisher: Abrams Image, Year: 2020;2017, Size: 152 Mb, Format: epub

The Back Roads to March: The Unsung, Unheralded, and Unknown Heroes of a College Basketball Season

Author(s): John Feinstein
ID: 2486878, Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Year: 2020, Size: 19 Mb, Format: epub

Basketball Data Science: With Applications in R

Author(s): Paola Zuccolotto; Marica Manisera
ID: 2564334, Publisher: CRC Press, Year: 2020, Size: 8 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are really best-sellers according to The New York Times, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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