This image is from my husband's most recent issue of ESPN Magazine. Now, everybody knows that ESPN is definitely not hurting for financial resources. However, I have noticed that their infographics are consistently confusing. Even my sports-genius husband has no idea what this graphic is trying to say.
One of the biggest issues with the image is information overload. Apparently it is trying to convey information about a team's ranking, bench efficiency, opponents' bench efficiencies, and efficiency differentials. And while all of this information is presented, there are no clear connections between all of the numbers and shapes. The funny part about this graphic is that the article is specifically about the Trailblazers and that this infographic is supposed to be illustrating an issue with that team that could be stated in one sentence. What a waste of space!
The other big issue with this graphic is that there are too many numbers. The way they are organized gives no clear clue to how the numbers are related or their importance. We get numbers for team rank and efficiency differential. Plus we get these strange data labels that are never explained. Something goes from 0-50, but we have no idea what kind of metric they are using.
My other beef with ESPN Magazine is qualitative. They always shape their graphs as circles. Maybe because there are a lot of balls in sports? So confusing.