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Will Kevin Durant Be the Best Rookie?

October 31, 2007 by


How much does the pre-season data tell us about a rookie’s first season? Last year there were 17 rookies who played at least 100 minutes in the pre-season and at least 500 minutes in the regular season.  Yes, 17 is a small sample.  Still, it’s all we got so let’s tell a story about Kevin […]

A Few Wednesday Notes

October 31, 2007 by


Here are a few comments for Wednesday.  A quick summary…. Stacey Brook is going to be on the radio, a column from Ed Glaeser indicates that we don’t know how to blog, and I posted a few more comments on the Milwaukee Bucks.

Forecasting the NBA Champion and MVP

October 30, 2007 by


Forecasts for the regular season in the Eastern Conference and Western Conference have been posted.  Now it’s time to take a stab at the post-season.  Assuming the regular season forecasts are correct (so we are already starting off badly), here is how I see the playoffs unfolding (and additionally, my pick for MVP).

Forecasting the Western Conference for 2007-08

October 29, 2007 by


Yesterday I offered a forecast for the Eastern Conference that had many, many words and very few specifics.  Primarily that is because the Eastern Conference has a few dominant teams (Boston, Chicago, and maybe Cleveland and Detroit), one bad team (the Milwaukee Bucks), and ten teams that are hard to separate from each other. Today […]

Forecasting the Eastern Conference for 2007-08

October 28, 2007 by


Okay, the season starts this week so I better post my forecast.  Today I am going to give my forecast for the East.  Tomorrow I will talk about the West and give my projections for the playoffs and the post-season awards. Before I get to the forecast, let me start with a list of assumptions […]

Joey Harrington and the Worst Job in Professional Sports

October 28, 2007 by


The supply of jobs in professional sports falls far short of the demand.  From players to coaches, more people want to land jobs in sports than slots exist.  Given this scarcity, some would take any job that was offered. In other words, any job would be considered a “good” job. Despite this perspective, some jobs […]

Why does the quarterback rating measure of the NFL persist?

October 27, 2007 by


The last few weeks I have been just posting the QB Score and RB Score rankings for the week with just a brief story.  Today I will again post the rankings.  But I want to offer a discussion of the NFL’s quarterback rating that will note the limitations of this measure and why – from […]

Are the Pistons Becoming Less Interesting?

October 25, 2007 by


Finally, the end is here. Since July I have been reviewing each team in the NBA. These reviews consisted of more than just posting a table recording each team’s Wins Produced the past two seasons.  No, for each team I tried to come up with some storyline that would make the review “interesting.”  And frankly, […]

Misplacing the Best in Denver

October 24, 2007 by


Across the past few years the Nuggets have had three problems building a championship contender.  First, the Nuggets have put their money into unproductive scorers (i.e. Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson).  Second, the players who do produce wins for this team have a history of injuries.  Finally, and perhaps the strangest trend, is that the […]

Melo, King James, and the Human Highlight Film

October 24, 2007 by


Tony Mejia of offered an interesting assessment of Carmelo Anthony in his preview of the Denver Nuggets.  (Anthony is) not the all-around threat James is, but he does exude greatness, able to put the ball in the basket as well as anyone in the game. All that has been missing are key ingredients like […]