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Ranking Every Player for the Los Angeles Lakers since 1977

May 31, 2009 by


Okay, let’s continue with the “history” theme.  Previously I posted rankings of every player in the history (since 1977) of the Utah Jazz and the Boston Celtics (see below): Ranking Every Player in the History of the Utah Jazz Ranking Every Player for the Boston Celtics since 1977 Given the response to these “rankings”, I thought I […]

Ranking Every Player for the Boston Celtics since 1977

May 28, 2009 by


A few days ago I posted a Ranking Every Player in the History of the Utah Jazz. Jason Chandler noted in the comments to this post that it was “Best. Post. Ever.” There have been 892 posts in this forum, and although I don’t wish to disagree with Jason, am not sure I think this […]

A Comment on the NBA Draft and Some Cutting and Pasting

May 26, 2009 by


Not sure everyone is aware of this fact, but DraftExpress reports Win Score per 40 minutes for every player in the NCAA.  You will not see PAWS (Position Adjusted Win Score), but positions are provided.  Therefore if you know the average Win Score at each position it’s easy to make comparisons across positions. Previously I […]

Ranking Every Player in the History of the Utah Jazz

May 24, 2009 by


This past season was the 35th in the history of the Jazz.  In honor of this anniversary, The Salt Lake City Tribune spent the season counting down the top players in the history of the franchise.  Each morning another player from Jazz history would be profiled and as I read these stories over breakfast I […]

Has Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis played his way out of Boston?

May 21, 2009 by


Such is the title of an article by Robert Lee in the Providence Journal.  Here are some excerpts from this story: The Celtics’ first priority this offseason will be deciding whether to bring back restricted free agent Glen Davis. … The 23-year-old forward will certainly entertain some big offers from other teams who have ample […]

The Passing of a Pioneer in Sports Economics

May 19, 2009 by


Earlier this month one of the pioneers in sports economics – Gerald Scully – passed away.  Given Scully’s importance to the field of sports economics I wanted to offer a few thoughts.  Scully and the Developing Field of Sports Economics In about six weeks the Western Economic Association meetings will convene in Vancouver.  A perusal […]

Picking the Conference Finals and Playoff Science

May 18, 2009 by


After the games on Sunday I believe I have now taken over first place in the TrueHoop Stat Geek Smackdown.  And this means… well, let me make my Conference Finals picks and I will then discuss what this means. Once again, my approach is quite simple.  All I am considering is a team’s efficiency differential […]

The WoW All-NBA Teams

May 14, 2009 by


We are currently racing to finish our second book.  So although I don’t want to completely ignore this forum, I need to keep my posts as brief as possible. With that in mind – and given the media’s selection of the All-NBA Teams this week – let me simply post the Top 15 players at […]

Danny Granger is the Most Improved?

May 12, 2009 by


Danny Granger was the subject of the following two posts in the month of March. There is Not Much Difference Between Danny Granger and Kobe Bryant? Bob Newhart, Danny Granger, and Group Therapy in Indiana Of these two, I really like the one connecting the Bob Newhart show to Danny Granger.  In fact, it’s such a good […]

The MVP on Each Team and a Comparison of Kobe and Flash

May 10, 2009 by


The sports media has declared LeBron James as the Most Valuable Player in the league.  If we define MVP as Most Productive (which seems reasonable), and we define Most Productive in terms of Wins Produced (which seems reasonable), then the sports media is correct.  That is, the media is correct if we are looking at […]