It’s the NBA All Star weekend, so seems appropriate to include a post that incorporates three of our interests: Basketball, data visualization and programming with Processing. Mike pointed me at the site hoopism.com where you can see visualizations of various basketball data written in Processing – pretty neat. In honor of the All-Star weekend , how about a visualization of all the slam dunk contests since 1984. The circles represent a dunk with the height on the graph representing the score. If the circle is not grey you can click it to see footage of the dunk in the upper window. It’s a pretty cool way to see how the contest has changed over the years. In the early days players pretty much just went out there and dunked. Now they need tricks, props, you name it, to get the crowd and judges interested. Personally I like the visualizations of things like where each team is weak on defense, but that’s just me.