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Every Player at Halftime of the 2007-08 Season

January 31, 2008 by


Reviewing Every Player on Every Team was a post offered last month.  This column reported every player’s WP48 [Wins Produced per 48 minutes] and Wins Produced somewhere around the quarter-pole of the season.  On Tuesday night, the Atlanta Hawks finally played their 41st game.  So now every team has reached the midpoint of the season.  […]

Chris Paul, Deron Williams, and the Surprising Hornets?

January 30, 2008 by


In honor of the on-going writer’s strike, today’s column is a re-run.  Okay, it’s not word-for-word something posted before. But the Chris Paul and Deron Williams story has been told before in this forum.  What I am doing in this column is updating this tale with data from the first half of the 2007-08 season.  In […]

Who is the Raptors’ true MVP?

January 29, 2008 by

8 (Canada’s Sports Leader) posted the following story on their website last night: Who is the Raptors’ true MVP? [hat tip to Steven Trainor] The story draws upon The Wages of Wins and the WoW Journal.  And it also reports part of a table (analyzing the Raptors at the midpoint of this season) from the […]

An Early Look at the 2008 NBA Draft

January 28, 2008 by


The following is a guest post from WoW Journal reader Erich Doerr. Erich used the Win Score metric to investigate the top prospects for the 2007 NBA Draft. And now he is back with a first look at some of the prospects for the 2008 draft. Although the Win Score metric was designed to analyze […]

The NFL Playoffs and Steroids in Baseball

January 27, 2008 by


For the past few weeks I have been posting less and working on the second book more (really).  In the middle of Saturday afternoon, though, I posted a comment on Andray Blatche.  And on Sunday morning I am here commenting on the NFL playoffs (and steroids in baseball).  So what’s going on? This weekend I […]

The Rise of Andray Blatche?

January 26, 2008 by


On Wednesday we officially reached the mid-point of the NBA season.  As each team has reached its own midpoint, I have been downloading the team’s data from  And after the Hawks cross the halfway point next Tuesday, I will be able to complete my mid-season data base.  With data in hand, I will then start […]

Pledging Allegiance to the Brooklyn Nets?

January 25, 2008 by


Imagine you are a resident of New York who wishes to pledge allegiance to an NBA team. Naturally your thoughts turn to the home town Knicks.  Unfortunately, the Knicks don’t exactly inspire allegiance. Currently their record stands at 13-28, one of the worst marks in the league. And if you look over their recent history […]

How Has Texas Survived the Loss of Kevin Durant?

January 24, 2008 by


Last week I received an e-mail from Thomas Hackett, a writer for the Austin Chronicle.  Thomas wished to know why the Texas Longhorns were able to survive the loss of Kevin Durant. Hackett thought that it was because of the play of D.J. Augustin, but wanted to know if the numbers agreed with his assessment.    […]

Praising Nazr Mohammed

January 23, 2008 by


On December 14 the Charlotte Bobcats sent Walter Herrmann and Primoz Brezec to the Detroit Pistons for Nazr Mohammed.  At that time, none of these players was averaging more than 14 minutes per game for their respective teams.  Consequently, this trade didn’t create much of a stir among NBA observers. At the time of the […]

The Third Way of Bryan Colangelo

January 21, 2008 by


Traditionally there are two ways to build an NBA playoff contender.  You can acquire new NBA talent in the draft.  Or you can acquire existing NBA talent via free agency and trades.  Colangelo’s Third Way Apparently, tradition only applies to teams located in the United States.  The lone team north of the border -led by […]