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Scorers and Role Players in the NBA

July 23, 2006 by


In The Wages of Wins we make the observation that it might be best to evaluate scorers in the NBA relative to other scorers.  Recently I updated the analysis seen in our book in this forum via an examination of the top scorers in 2005-06 – which one can see HERE. This analysis demonstrated that […]

Respect – For a Moment

July 21, 2006 by


A few days ago I posted a comment entitled Growing up a Sports Economist where in essence I downplayed the importance of being respected by economists at top institutions.  For a person not at a top school, whose research primarily applies economics to the world of sports, my happiness cannot depend upon having people like […]

Reading The Wages of Wins Randomly

July 21, 2006 by

3 has added additional features to how The Wages of Wins is displayed on their website.  You can now see a blown-up picture of the front cover (not sure why you would want to, but you can).  You can also see that our book is has been copyrighted (again, not sure why this is important […]

Making Ben Gordon Rich

July 21, 2006 by


One of the points we make in our book is that Ben Gordon is not exactly the second coming of MJ.  Although Gordon is a shooting guard who can score, he is not above average in shooting efficiency and doesn’t do much else particularly well.  Consequently, unlike MJ, he doesn’t produce many wins.  But he […]

Scorers and Wins Produced, Again

July 20, 2006 by


There has been some confusion on my post from a few days ago entitled: Do we under-value scorers and should Al Harrington cash in? The purpose of this post was to refute the contention that we under-value scorers.  Please go HERE for the analysis of scorers in 2005-06 which shows that most of the game’s […]

The Baseball Economist

July 20, 2006 by


As I have noted, we are not the only economists interested in studying sports.  And, we are also not the only economists who have attempted to craft a book on the subject. I have been told that in a couple of months I will get my hands on the next draft of The Baseball Economist. […]

Pinning Your Hopes on Eddy Curry?

July 15, 2006 by


According to the New York Post, “Isiah Thomas believes he’ll ultimately be judged by the development of Knicks center Eddy Curry next season.”  The Knicks owner, James Dolan, has given Isiah one year to fix the Knicks and if this quote is to be believed, we can now see that the odds are not in […]

Growing up a Sports Economist

July 15, 2006 by


JC Bradbury of Sabernomics (and a sports economist at the University of the South and this fall, Kennesaw State University) has posted a comment entitled So, You Want to Study the Economics of Sports. The post was written in response to a comment I offered on The Field of Sports Economics and some advice offered […]

In the Best Interests of Baseball?: A Book Review

July 15, 2006 by


Over the past few weeks our book has been reviewed a few times.  Having had our work reviewed, I thought I would give the book reviewing game a try.  Earlier I made mention of National Pastime, a book by Stefan Szymanski and Andrew Zimbalist.  Today I would like to discuss Zimbalist latest book. For the […]

Do we under-value scorers and should Al Harrington cash in?

July 12, 2006 by


A few days ago I posted a comment on Carmelo Anthony receiving a maximum contract.  In that post I noted that Anthony is a leading scorer in the NBA, but not a leader in the production of wins.  One criticism people have directed towards our valuation of NBA players is that it appears to under-value […]