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Did the Pacers Lose a Star?

June 29, 2008 by


Although the deal is not official, it’s been widely reported that the Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors completed a trade prior to the 2008 draft.  The Toronto Raptors will get six-time All-Star Jermaine O’Neal.  The Indiana Pacers are adding four non-stars: T.J. Ford, Rasho Nesterovic, Maceo Baston and the draft rights to Roy Hibbert.  The […]

Falling in Love with Potential on Draft Night

June 27, 2008 by


As I noted yesterday, we just moved to Utah.  Although we have a house and I have an office, the television has not yet been set up.  So I was only able to check in on the draft via the Internet.  Given how much I still have to do to get settled into Utah, what […]

Live From Utah

June 26, 2008 by


Before the NBA Playoffs began, Henry Abbott – of TrueHoop – invited me to participate in the TrueHoop Stat Geek Smackdown.  Last year – in the inaugural year of the contest – I managed to place third.  This year, though, I turned down the opportunity to improve upon my third place finish.  At the time […]

Kobe Myths – Playoff Edition

June 23, 2008 by


Last October I posted Kobe Myths, a column that compared the regular season performances of Kobe Bryant, Paul Pierce, and Michael Jordan.  This column presented evidence – and this should not be a surprise – that Kobe is nowhere near as productive as MJ.  In addition – and this might be a surprise – Kobe and […]

Ending the Tragedy

June 22, 2008 by


A recent comment noted one of the first columns (and still one of the most popular) posted at The Wages of Wins Journal. The Tragedy of Kevin Garnett briefly details how Garnett – when he was in Minnesota – was often the M2P (Most Productive Player) in the league. Unfortunately, his teammates were often quite unproductive.  […]

A Comprehensive Win Score Guide to the NBA Draft

June 20, 2008 by


Erich Doerr – who has contributed a number of articles to The Wages of Wins Journal on college basketball and the NBA Draft – has written the following extensive article for Draft Express.  2008 Win Scores NBA Draft Preview As he notes in the article, the Draft Express article is an expansion on a study […]

Thoughts on the 2008 Finals

June 19, 2008 by


Before I get to my thoughts on the 2008 Finals, let’s talk predictions for a moment. In 2006 I failed to predict the NBA champion before the playoffs started. Actually I am not sure I offered a prediction. Nevertheless, the Miami Heat did not lead the league in efficiency differential that season so if I […]

Game Five Thoughts: Choosing the MVP for the Celtics and Lakers

June 16, 2008 by


Assuming the Celtics manage to win one of the two games remaining in Boston (a pretty good assumption), someone from the Celtics will be named MVP of the Finals.  After Game Four I argued that someone should be Ray Allen.   But when we look at the performances of the players in Game Five, the R. […]

The Best Player in the Game

June 16, 2008 by


Throughout the NBA Finals we have heard over and over again: “The Lakers have the NBA’s best player.” If we look at Wins Produced, NBA Efficiency, PERs, or any other “advanced” metric, I don’t think you will see Kobe Bryant on the top of any list.  The only place Kobe finished on top is in […]

They Got Next: Analyzing the WNBA

June 15, 2008 by


Perhaps today, and certainly by Thursday, the 2007-08 NBA season will come to a close.  And when that happens, what will basketball fans have to talk about?  I think there is an obvious answer. The WNBA is currently playing its 12th season.  This means we have 11 complete seasons of statistics just waiting to be […]