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Detroit Refuses Rondo?

June 29, 2009 by


This past week we have seen Cleveland acquire Shaq and Orlando acquire Vince Carter.  We have heard that Amare Stoudemire might be going to Golden State and Yao Ming might be done for awhile (if not forever).  And on top of all this we had the NBA draft. All of this news gives me plenty […]

Quick Thoughts on the 2009 NBA Draft

June 26, 2009 by


For the past few weeks (or longer) people have wondered who would get drafted and in what order.  Last night the wondering ceased and we got to see how NBA decision-makers ranked the players – both international and collegiate — who hope to embark on a career in professional basketball.  In a few days I […]

Trading Before the Draft

June 24, 2009 by


While NBA fans are intently focused on the NBA draft, the following trades were made. San Antonio Spurs get Richard Jefferson [0.064 WP48 in 2,929 minutes] Milwaukee Bucks get Kurt Thomas [0.183 WP48 in 1,404 minutes], Fabricio Oberto [0.033 WP48 in 677 minutes], and Bruce Bowen [-0.013 WP48 in 1,508 minutes]   Minnesota Timberwolves get […]

Playbooks and Checkbooks

June 22, 2009 by


When I first started working in the field of sports economics there were no academic journals devoted to the subject, no textbooks, and national meetings for people in the field had just started.  About 15 years later, we now have two journals devoted to the subject (Journal of Sports Economics and the International Journal of […]

Pondering Potential First Round Point Guards

June 18, 2009 by


We are now less than a week from the 2009 NBA Draft.  In looking over Chad Ford’s latest mock draft at ESPN one is struck by how many point guards are projected to go in the first round.  Nine of the thirty players Ford thinks will go in the first round are classified as a […]

Winning the TrueHoop Stat Geek Smackdown

June 16, 2009 by


Very early on Monday morning Henry Abbott – of TrueHoop – posted the following: Congratulations, David Berri June 15, 2009 1:29 AM Champion of the 2009 TrueHoop Stat Geek Smackdown. Berri, the lead author of the Wages of Wins, beat ESPN’s John Hollinger by seven points. Hollinger picked every series of the playoffs right, except […]

Superstar Search in the NBA Draft

June 14, 2009 by


Here is an interesting factoid about the NBA Finals.  Since 1978 (the first year we can calculate Wins Produced) no team has won an NBA title without one regular player (minimum 41 games played, 24.0 minutes per game) posting at least a 0.200 WP48 [Wins Produced per 48 minutes].  Only one team – the 1978-79 […]

Evaluating Jordan Hill

June 11, 2009 by


Once again it is time for the NBA draft, that wonderful time of the year where we discover that there are suddenly an abundance of future stars just waiting to join your favorite NBA team. Looking Back at 2008 To see this point, here is what Chad Ford – the draft expert at – […]

Superman, Shaq, Magic History, and Reader Comments

June 7, 2009 by


On Thursday I had the privilege of giving a seminar at BYU.  The subject was the next book and it was fun talking with the students about some of the stories we will tell.  While I was having fun, though, the usual Thursday post in this forum was skipped. To make up for this, here […]

Fooled by Randomness, the NBA Playoffs, and the TrueHoop Smackdown

June 3, 2009 by


At the start of each football game a coin is tossed to determine who will receive the opening kick-off.  Let’s imagine if instead of just one team calling heads or tails the fans in attendance were also asked to make a call.  And let’s further imagine that if you make the correct call, you get […]