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Durant Disappoints Again

July 21, 2007 by


The NBA Summer League did not end in Las Vegas or Orlando.  This past week the Rockie Mountain Revue took place with the Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs, Seattle SuperSonics, and Utah Jazz each fielding teams.  Most of the players who participated will not be playing much (if at […]

Stackhouse vs. Jordan

July 20, 2007 by


The Dallas Mavericks recently re-signed Jerry Stackhouse. Ian Thomsen of Sports Illustrated described this move as a “No-brainer.” This led me to wonder — who is a better basketball player – Jerry Stackhouse or Michael Jordan? (no, Thomsen didn’t make this comparison. But this comparison is part of the story I am telling today). If […]

Looking Back at the 1992 Draft

July 19, 2007 by


Alonzo Mourning has announced that he will return for one more season. In making the announcement Mourning said he was unhappy with how the 2006-07 season ended. “I want to redeem myself and try to help this team redeem ourselves as an organization and try to get back on track,” Mourning said. “That wasn’t the […]

Looking Back at the 1994 Draft

July 18, 2007 by


Last week I looked back at the 1993 NBA Draft. Today I thought I would discuss the 1994 draft. This draft is one that stands out in my memory. The 1993-94 season did not go so well for the Detroit Pistons (the team I have always followed). And as I recall, that was not my […]

Disappointing Durant

July 17, 2007 by


Eight rebounds. That’s it. Kevin Durant played 137 minutes of summer league basketball and all he could get were eight rebounds. At the Summer League games 94 players logged at least 100 minutes. Durant was out-rebounded by all of these players except Warriors guard Marco Belinelli. Let’s put that production in some perspective. From 1993-94 […]

Not Monta Ellis

July 16, 2007 by


Most post-season awards in the NBA are determined by the media. It’s the sportswriters we turn to when we want to know who is Most Valuable, Rookie of the Year, All-NBA, Best 6th Man, and Most Improved. Okay, we don’t always learn who these players actually are, but we do learn about the opinions of […]

The Playing Time Illusion

July 15, 2007 by


Imagine a baseball player with nine years of experience. Across his first eight seasons he bounced around baseball playing for seven Major League teams. For none of these teams was he ever more than a player off the bench. His batting average for these eight seasons was only 0.250, which is below average. Given that […]

On Books

July 14, 2007 by


Phil Miller is an economist at Minnesota State. He is also a fellow contributor at The Sports Economist as well as man behind Market Power (an economics blog currently ranked 61st by Brian Gongol). Last week Phil issued a “Book Challenge”. Basically he answered a few questions regarding books and asked that I and a […]

Looking Back at the 1993 Draft

July 13, 2007 by


Today I am going to look back at the 1993 NBA draft. You might ask why I am doing this. Or you might not. Regardless, here is the reason. My research this summer is focused on the NBA Draft. I have a few other projects, but my study of the NBA Draft is the one […]

Looking Back at the NBA Draft, Part Two

July 12, 2007 by


In Part One of this post I looked at the link between college performance and what a player does his first season in the NBA. The analysis revealed that there is a link. Furthermore, it appears that college performance is a better predictor of professional success than a player’s draft position. For example, the college […]