The interactive infographic “Where the Heat and the Thunder Hit Their Shots [nytimes.com] by the New York Times combines pure eye-candy with sophisticated statistical display, as it conveys the overall shooting patterns of the players on the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The size of a dot on the court map corresponds to the number of attempts at that location, while its color depicts the actual points scored at that location. The maps are based on court maps and analysis by Kirk Goldsberry, who is a professor at MSU and Harvard, and the creator of Court Vision Analytics.
Users can filter the maps by 3-pointers, mid-range or close-range shots. Or they can simply enjoy the exploding hexagonal depictions of the most popular team players, of course.