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Should the Rookie of the Year Help His Team Win More Games?

December 31, 2007 by


Given that the objective of NBA teams is to win (at least on the court), one would think that player evaluation would focus on that goal.  When we look at the race for Rookie of the Year, though, it’s hard to see that focus. The leading candidates for this award are Kevin Durant, Yi Jianlian, […]

Boston, Brady, and Brian Burke

December 30, 2007 by


The Boston Red Sox won the World Series.  The Boston Celtics currently have the best record in the NBA, and perhaps the best efficiency differential in NBA history.  And now the New England Patriots are undefeated.   Could there be a happier city than Boston right now?  Could there be anything else to make the rest […]

The Best in the NBA

December 29, 2007 by


Before the season started I predicted that the Boston Celtics would defeat the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals.  This prediction was motivated by two issues. 1. My forecast – which required that I guess how many minutes each player would play – indicated that Celtics were clearly the best team in the East […]

Houston Still Has a Problem

December 28, 2007 by


The writer’s strike has meant that we have had to learn to live with re-runs.  Consistent with the current state of television, the WoW Journal is also repeating its programming.  About a month ago I posted the following on the Rockets struggles this season. The Houston Rockets Fail to Launch This column made the following two […]

The Lakers are Contenders Again

December 27, 2007 by


At the onset of the season the Phoenix Suns were considered contenders for the NBA title.  On Christmas Day the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Suns, and suddenly there’s talk that Phil Jackson, Kobe Bryant, and company are once again among the NBA elite. One might suspect that because this game was on national television, […]

Reviewing Every Player on Every Team

December 26, 2007 by


Over the past few weeks I have reported the Wins Produced and WP48 [Wins Produced per 48 minutes] of every player in each division.  Although I am sure it’s fun to look through six different columns searching for this or that player, I thought I would save everyone such effort and report every player in […]

Reviewing the Pacific Division

December 25, 2007 by


It’s Christmas Eve (Merry Christmas to anyone who is reading this) and I would like to get this posted before Santa Clause comes.  So here is the Pacific division, the last division to be reviewed (previously I reviewed the Atlantic, Central, Southeast, Northwest, and Southwest). Wins and Efficiency Differential As I have done with each […]

A New Review of The Wages of Wins

December 24, 2007 by


It’s been quite awhile since a new review of our book has been written. In fact, I honestly didn’t expect to see anymore. Nevertheless, here’s a review from Jeff Fox at collegehoopsnet . Numbers don’t lie.  So when the authors of The Wages of Wins write that Dean Garrett was the most productive NBA rookie […]

The Missing MVP

December 23, 2007 by


Last year the Dallas Mavericks won 67 games and appeared poised to win the first NBA championship in franchise history.  And then Dallas met the Golden State Warriors in the first round and a different kind of history was made. In the off-season the Mavericks made very few changes, returning the same starting line-up and […]

Snubbing Jaguars for Steelers and the Importance of Usage in the NFL

December 22, 2007 by


The rosters for the NFL’s Pro Bowl have been named and much to my surprise, not a single player from the Detroit Lions is going to Hawaii.  To imagine the Pro Bowl without… okay, not sure who on the Lions is worthy of going to the Pro Bowl.  So maybe it’s not surprising that no […]