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It's Basketball Season again which means Fantasy Basketball is hotter than ever. Basketball players are incredible

athletes, and their statistics are filled with many mathematical concepts.

As a class we are going to decide, based on 2008-2009 statistics, which Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward,

Power forward and Center we want on our fantasy Basketball team!

Task

In order to beat the other 8th grade classes, we need to choose our players wisely. Our selections must be based on

factual information that we find using resources on the Web.You will search for statistics from the 2008-2009 NBA

season on five different Point guards, Shooting guards, Small forwards, Power forwards and Centers. The class will

be divided into four different groups. Each group will have a different set of statistics to look up and will create

three graphical representations of the statistics they find. Groups will present their work to the class. As a class we

must work together to decide which players we want to draft on our fantasy Basketball team.

Process

The purpose of this assignment is to learn a little about making predictions and have some fun while doing it. We

will do this by dividing the class into groups. Each group will research a different set of statistics of fifteen well

known NBA players. Your group will use these statistics and convert them into fractions, decimals, and percents.

Three graphical representations must be created displaying your statistics.

As a class, we will compare each group’s graphs, and predict which players would most likely score us the most

points on a Fantasy Basketball Team.

Point guard Shooting guard

Chris Paul Kobe Bryant

Tony Parker Kevin Martin

Chauncey Billups Ben Gordon

Derrick Rose O.J. Mayo

Deron Williams Ray Allen

Small forward Power forward

Lebron James Kevin Garnett

Carmelo Anthony Dirk Nowitzki

Richard Jefferson David West

Shane Battier Kenton Martin

Trevor Ariza Pau Gasol

Center

Yao Ming

Shaquille O’Neal

Dwight Howard

Andrew Bynum

Jermaine O’Neal

Group #1:

You have been asked to find the average number of 2 point field goals per game, 3 point field goals per game, and

field goal percentage for each of the players in the above positions. You will use the following URL’s to find

statistical information on these players from the 2008-2009 NBA season. After you have determined the these values

you must be sure to represent this average as a fraction, decimal, and percent of teams points. You will create a

graphical representation of the statistics you found from each position (That’s a total of three graphs). The three

graphs you should use are as follows: circle graph, histogram, and line graph. Remember, your group will present

these graphs to the class.

**Hint: You need to know how many games are played in the regular season**

Group #2:

You have been asked to find the average number of assists per game, turnovers per game, their ratio of assist to

turnovers, the percentage of their team’s points that they scored over the season in the above positions. You will use

the following URL’s to find statistical information on these players from the 2008-2009 NBA season. After you

have determined these values you must be sure to represent this average as a fraction, decimal, and percent. You will

create a graphical representation of the statistics you found from each position (That’s a total of three graphs). The

three graphs you should use are as follows: circle graph, histogram, and line graph. Remember, your group will

present these graphs to the class.

**Hint: You need to know how many games are played in the regular season**

Group # 3:

You have been asked to find the average number of turnovers forced (steals and blocked shots combined) per game,

average number of free throws made per game, and free throw percentage by each of the above positions. . You will

use the following URL’s to find statistical information on these players from the 2008-2009 NBA season. After you

have determined these values you must be sure to represent this average as a fraction, decimal, and percent. You will

create a graphical representation of the statistics you found from each position (That’s a total of three graphs). The

three graphs you should use are as follows: circle graph, histogram, and line graph. Remember, your group will

present these graphs to the class.

**Hint: You need to know how many games are played in the regular season**

Group #4:

You have been asked to find the average offensive rebounds per game, defensive rebounds per game, their ratio of

defensive rebounds to offensive rebounds, minutes played per game, fouls per game by each of the above positions.

You will use the following URL’s to find statistical information on these players from the 2008-2009 NBA season.

After you have determined these you must be sure to represent this average as a fraction, decimal, and percent. You

will create a graphical representation of the statistics you found from each position (That’s a total of three graphs).

The three graphs you should use are as follows: circle graph, histogram, and line graph. Remember, your group will

present these graphs to the class.

**Hint: You need to know how many games are played in the regular season**

http://www.nba.com/statistics/

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/stats

http://prosportsdaily.sportsdirectinc.com/basketball/nba-statistics.aspx?page=/data/nba/statistics/2008-

2009/statistics_playoffs.html

http://regentsprep.org/Regents/math/percent/Lpercent.htm

http://www.purplemath.com/modules/percents.htm

http://www.learningwave.com/chapters/decimal13/basics/convert.html

http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/Converter/

Evaluation

Beginning Developing Accomplished Exemplary Score

1 2 3 4

Graphical Title matches topic.

The title matches the

Representations Title doesn't match topic. Key (legend) is

topic well. Correct and

No key or legend. Scales incomplete. The The title matches the

complete key (legend).

are inappropriate. Data is graph is presentable topic. Good key

Scales are appropriate.

not plotted accurately but lacks neatness. (legend). Graph is neat

Graph is easy to

and graph is hard to Data is not plotted and presentable.

interpret, neat and

interpret. completely

presentable.

accurately.

Oral Presentation Presentation lacks a

Presentation is Presentation shows

sense of organization.

adequately organized. thoughtful planning Presentation is clearly

Members speak softly

Every member and organization. Each organized. Each member

and cannot be

speaks, and eye member contributes speaks clearly, and

understood. Eye contact

contact is used some and maintains proper maintain eye contact.

is minimal or non

of the time. demeanor.

existant.

Accuracy of Work Some of the data

There were many Most data collected All data collected was

collected was

inaccuracies in data was accurate and most accurate and

accurate and some of

collection and computations were computations involved

the computations

computation. accurate. no errors.

were accurate.

Teamwork Student was Student respected other

Student did not partipate Student respected most

respectful and group members and

or respect other group group members and

particpated some of participated all of the

members. participated often.

the time. time.

Conclusion

You've reached the end of your WebQuest, we're almost done! I hope you have enjoyed learning about

mathematics found in the real world. Through this WebQuest you've calculated averages, converted

between fractions, decimals, and percents, and put your data into three different graphical

representations.

It's now time for each group to present their graphs. Together, as a class, we must make a prediction of

which players we should draft for our Fantasy Basketball Team. Keep in mind, we want players that will

score us the most points, because we want to beat the other 8th grade classes. Based upon the data you

found, who will we draft? Did you like this activity?

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