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The Best Offenses, Best Defenses, Best Teams, and NBA Analysis

December 26, 2006 by


The Best Offenses – RANKING REPORTED HERE Which team has the best offense in the NBA? If we look at points scored per game the top teams heading in the Christmas break included Phoenix, Denver, Washington, Golden State, and the LA Lakers. As the likes of John Hollinger and Dean Oliver have noted (and as […]

The Knicks in the Playoffs?

December 23, 2006 by


Suspensions and injuries have decimated the New York Knicks. Once a team with an abundance of scoring guards, last night the Knicks played without the services of Quentin Richardson, Steve Francis, and Nate Robinson. Without these players the Knicks backcourt consisted of Jamal Crawford and Stephon Marbury. Consequently, Isiah Thomas could not play the three […]

Is Dwight Howard the next Shaq?

December 22, 2006 by


In the December 18 issue of ESPN The Magazine, Ric Bucher penned an article entitled “Magic Prince.” In this article Bucher compares the Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard to Shaquille O’Neal. Both players are large men (yes, Shaq is a bit larger) who were chosen with the first overall pick in the draft by the Orlando […]

Week Fifteen Quarterback Rankings

December 21, 2006 by


The Week Fifteen Quarterback Rankings The Overall Rankings Pro Bowl Selections The NFL has announced the Pro Bowl participants for 2007. The AFC quarterbacks will be Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers, and Carson Palmer. The NFC will be represented by Drew Brees, Tony Romo, and Marc Bulger. Each of these players currently ranks in the top […]

Rational Irrationality in Professional Football

December 21, 2006 by


A few days ago I posted this at The Sports Economist. In posting this comment in this forum I thought I would add one more observation. The lesson Michael Lewis is teaching about decision-making in the NFL probably applies to all sports. There is a clear incentive to make decisions in the same fashion everyone […]

Iverson Goes to Denver

December 20, 2006 by


Yesterday I commented on the Iverson trade from the perspective of the 76ers. Because Andre Miller has historically produced more wins than Iverson, a result we are also observing this year, it looks like this trade improves the 76ers. Miller does not solve all the problems in Philadelphia, but coupled with Andre Iguodala and Samuel […]

First Impressions of the Iverson Trade

December 19, 2006 by


Marc Stein and Chris Sheridan of reported today that the Nuggets have acquired Allen Iverson. As of now the trade is Andre Miller, Joe Smith, and two first round draft picks for Iverson. Yesterday I thought that perhaps Billy King – Philadelphia’s president — was just keeping Iverson out of his line-up in an […]

The Wisdom of Billy King

December 18, 2006 by


In The Wages of Wins we note the difference between decision-making in most businesses and professional sports. In most industries if a manager makes bad decisions the firm can lose money and the decision-maker can lose her/his job. In sports, in addition to losing money and/or jobs, managers are also subject to public derision by […]

USF Cougars Tops USF Cougars to Take the Title

December 17, 2006 by


Yesterday the USF Cougars defeated the USF Cougars 23-19 to capture the 51st annual NAIA Football National Championship. Jason Dannelly reported that the victory completed a 14-0 season for USF. It was also a somewhat surprising victory, since USF only gained 214 yards while allowing USF to total 349 yards. The key to the game […]

An Interesting Eddy Curry Stat

December 16, 2006 by


Tonight Eddy Curry, in a loss to the Denver Nuggets, captured three rebounds in 26 minutes. For a 6’11” big man, this is very bad. He also turned the ball over four times. Yes, he lost the ball via turnovers more than he got the ball for his team via rebounds. Again, for a large […]