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The Return of the Lakers?

December 31, 2006 by


In 2005-06 the LA Lakers won 45 games. This past summer the Lakers made very few changes to their roster, leading one to expect very little change in the outcome we were going to observe this season. After 20 games, though, the Lakers were 14-6 and appeared to be on-pace to win more than 55 […]

Artest for Maggette?

December 30, 2006 by


It has been reported that the Sacramento Kings and LA Clippers have discussed the trade of Ron Artest for Corey Maggette. Although it has also been reported this trade is not going to happen it doesn’t stop us from looking at who would get the better of this hypothetical deal. Each of these players primarily […]

The Decline of Kevin Garnett?

December 30, 2006 by


In the first seven seasons of Kevin Garnett’s career he produced 108.7 wins and posted a Wins Produced per 48 minutes [WP48] of 0.262. An average NBA player only offers a WP48 of 0.100, so Garnett was clearly well above average. In the past four years, though, Garnett has gone beyond “well above average.” From […]

Why are the Clippers back to being the Clippers?

December 29, 2006 by


Last year was a historic season for the LA Clippers. For the first time in the history of the Clippers organization (not including the Buffalo Braves years) this team won 47 games in a single season. Furthermore the Clippers advanced to the second round of the NBA playoffs and even pushed the Phoenix Suns to […]

Is Vince Carter the Problem in New Jersey?

December 28, 2006 by


The Nets won 49 games last year and fully expected to dominate a very weak Atlantic Division. But after 29 games the Nets have only won 11 contests and find themselves in third place in the weakest division in the history of professional team sports. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports argues that the problem is […]

Take the Grizzlies Job!!

December 28, 2006 by


An NBA coach is hired to be fired, a lesson Mike Fratello just learned from his good friend Jerry West. The Memphis Grizzlies were the first NBA team (and probably not the last) to fire its coach this season. Typically taking over a struggling team in mid-season is an iffy proposition. Bad teams tend to […]

Taking Requests — The Dallas Mavericks

December 28, 2006 by


The Mavericks after 28 games. Okapi asked yesterday for an analysis of the Mavericks this year. After looking at the data there are few surprises about this team. As expected, the Mavericks are one of the better teams in 2006-07. Last year this team was led by Dirk Nowitzki, with help primarily coming from Erick […]

Week Sixteen Quarterback Rankings

December 28, 2006 by


The Week Sixteen Quarterback Rankings The Overall Rankings The Averageness of Young and Leinart ESPN the Magazine has listed the 2006 Rose Bowl as the top story of this past year. The game featured two quarterbacks – Vince Young and Matt Leinart — taken in the top 10 of the 2006 NFL draft. Young and […]

Taking Requests – The Golden State Warriors

December 27, 2006 by


Yesterday I noted how one can use offensive efficiency, defensive efficiency, and Wins Produced to examine how well NBA teams and players are performing this season. At the end of the post I said I would take requests. As I noted earlier today, apparently people are reading The Wages of Wins Journal and thought enough […]

Reviewing the Signing of Big Ben

December 27, 2006 by


Yesterday I posted on how we can use offensive and defensive efficiency to evaluate a team and its players. In that post I said that I would begin offering evaluations of how teams have performed thus far in 2006-07. The first two teams I would like to analyze were involved in what I think was […]