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Evaluating the Top Scorers in 1977-78

August 20, 2007 by


In my career my two favorite courses to teach have been the History of Economic Thought and Economic History (which is not the same as HET). I probably would have been a historian, but I have found that as an economist I can get paid more to teach the same material (in perhaps a more […]

Evaluating Talent and the Assessment of Legal Issues

August 19, 2007 by


On Friday Andray Blatche was re-signed by the Washington Wizards.  Given that Blatche has only played 860 minutes in his entire NBA career, such a signing seemed hardly newsworthy.  And it probably would not have been had Blatche not recently had some legal issues. The Associated Press article detailing Blatche’s signing included comments from both […]

The Worst of the Best

August 17, 2007 by


We often debate who is the best?  Occasionally we talk about the worst.  But what about the worst of the best? Back in 1973 the NBA began tracking all the statistics for teams that are reported in a typical box score (statistics for players would not be fully reported until 1977).  These statistics can be […]

Pollard, House, and Who Else? A Look at the Remaining Free Agents

August 15, 2007 by


The Boston Celtics traded away much of their roster from 2006-07 to acquire both Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett.  Although these two moves resulted in a starting line-up with four very productive players (Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Allen, and Garnett), it left the team with very little depth.  Consequently the Celtics have turned to the […]

Miami Parties Like Its 1999

August 13, 2007 by


The Pareto Principle tells us that 80% of output is created by 20% of the population. Although I am not sure how widely this principle applies, it certainly appears to work in the NBA. The top 20% of players in Wins Produced do create about 80% of the league’s wins. Given that each team employs […]

MJ Makes Some Moves

August 12, 2007 by


Kelly Dwyer posted a comment at TrueHoop on Friday entitled “Bobcats? You Betcha.” Here is how the column starts: C: Emeka Okafor, Primoz Brezec PF: Walter Herrmann, Sean May SF: Gerald Wallace, Adam Morrison SG: Jason Richardson, Matt Carroll PG: Raymond Felton That’s a good team. That could be a really good team. A trade […]

Shots That Are Destined for Nothing But Hot Air

August 10, 2007 by


This story has already received a fair amount of attention at ESPN. Marc Stein at penned a column last week examining the plethora of players who did not play last season but hope to play in 2007-08. And then this morning, Kelly Dwyer – subbing for Henry Abbott – also noted the number of […]

Pistol Pete — An Early Answer

August 9, 2007 by


Henry Abbott – of TrueHoop – posted a lengthy story on Kobe Bryant on Monday entitled “To Be Determined: Kobe Bryant’s Place in History”. Towards the end of his story (which is a lengthy but good read) is a comparison of Kobe and Pistol Pete Maravich. Just like Pistol Pete, Kobe is the leading scorer […]

More on Bonds – Lifting Comments from

August 9, 2007 by


As noted yesterday, JC Bradbury at had done a wonderful job correcting some of the stories that have been told about Barry Bonds.  Yesterday he offered a short post that simply congratulated Barry Bonds (which included video of the at-bat). This post elicited a number of comments, two of which I found especially interesting. […]

A Tribute to Barry Bonds and Other News

August 8, 2007 by


Last night, as my daughters were going to bed, I turned the TV to the Giants-Nationals game. When the TV went on Barry Bonds was at the plate. The very next pitch was deposited over the wall and history was made. Before this historic moment I was just about to sit down and write out […]