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Yglesias and the Least Valuable MVP

June 11, 2006 by


On June 7 Matthew Yglesias wrote a column for, boldly entitled “Least Valuable MVP” where he made the following argument: “The conventional wisdom says that great players in general, and Nash in particular, make their teammates better. But in the case of the Mavericks, Nash made Nowitzki—the team's best player and his best friend—distinctly […]

The Law of Diminishing Returns in the NBA

June 11, 2006 by


Very few ideas in economics rate the title “Law.” The idea of diminishing marginal returns is one of these. For those who did not take an introductory economics class in high school or college, or simply forgot the formal definition, here is what this law states: As one increases a variable input (such as labor), […]

Writing for the New York Times

June 11, 2006 by


Last Sunday I posted a list of items I would write about last week. The week has ended and it turns out I wrote, let me see… okay, none of these.  The week ended and I posted zero new items. I do have an excuse.  On Monday morning I received an e-mail from an editor […]