On the heals of the announcement today that the Sacramento Kings have traded All-Star DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans, I got inspired to open up an old data set that I had used a few years ago to create an infographic about the Sacramento Kings Franchise History. Probably the most visually striking component of that infographic is the streamgraph showing the top 5 scoring players each season dating back to the 1948-1949 season when the Kings debuted as the Rochester Royals. I created the streamgraph using RAW Graphs to generate the initial graph then did a lot of modification in Adobe Illustrator. I decided to update the the dataset with the latest two years of data and limit it to when the Kings moved to Sacramento in the 1985 – 1986 season. The rough version of this, without any modification in Illustrator is below.
It is a visually striking representation of the data, but if I were to bring it into Illustrator and do some extensive modifications it would still have some flaws, namely that it’s really difficult to visually compare players to each other. So I decided to try a variation on a line chart, and since I’m (finally) teaching myself Tableau, decided to try it all in Tableau Public. Scroll to see the embedded viz (I don’t know why the embed inserts a big empty white space above it), or open in a new tab/window.
As it turns out this simple interactive chart was incredibly quick and easy to create in Tableau. Furthermore, I think this representation is much better for comparing players across time. For instance it’s much easier to show see how Peja Stojakovic, Mitch Richmond, or Chris Webber compared in scoring to the now departed DeMarcus Cousins.