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The Fourth Best Team in the Eastern Conference

March 31, 2008 by

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The top three teams in the Eastern Conference – whether we look at won-loss record or efficiency differential (offensive efficiency minus defensive efficiency) – are the Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons, and Orlando Magic.  But who is number four? The top nine teams in the Western Conference – again, whether we look at won-loss record or […]

Kobe for MVP?

March 30, 2008 by

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Apparently there are many candidates for MVP, but two front-runners.  Some people favor LeBron James.  Others insist on Kobe Bryant.   What do these two candidates have in common?  Each are currently ranked first and second in the points scored per game rankings (MVP voting is about more than scoring, but scoring certainly plays an important […]

Early Returns on the Jason Kidd Trade

March 29, 2008 by

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A few weeks ago the Dallas Mavericks traded for Jason Kidd.  At the time, this move seemed somewhat desperate.  Yes, Kidd is one of the most productive players in the game.  But at 35 years of age, he seems to be closing in on the end of his career (although his production suggests otherwise). At […]

Sports Economists Getting Press

March 29, 2008 by

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Darren Everson of the Wall Street Journal asked the question: Is Joe Torre Worth the Money?  At the end of this article is the following: “I think managers are a bit overrated in terms of the impact that they have on their players,” says J.C. Bradbury, an economist and associate professor at Kennesaw State University […]

The Myth of the Declining NBA

March 27, 2008 by

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Is the NBA becoming a niche sport?  A few days ago, this question was debated at Ball Hype by Dan Shanoff and Tom Ziller. Shanoff –of DanShanoff.com and The Sporting Blog — took the position that the NBA is fading in popularity.  Ziller — of NBA FanHouse and Sactown Royalty — took the opposing viewpoint. […]

The Greatness of Chris Webber

March 26, 2008 by

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Chris Webber announced his retirement this week.  And almost immediately we were treated to a couple of articles reviewing C-Webb’s career and wondering “what might have been?” Webber never won when it mattered most [Johnny Ludden, Yahoo! Sports] Webber’s career path full of promise and pain [ J.A. Adande, ESPN.com] These articles primarily focus on […]

David Aldridge and the Wages of Wins

March 26, 2008 by

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The following sentence appeared in an article by David Aldridge in the Philadelphia Inquirer today: The highly regarded Wages of Wins Web site, which uses statistical analysis to grade NBA players, rated Dalembert an all-star, finding he “produced” 5.9 wins for the 76ers the first half of the season. The article —Big factors in Sixers’ […]