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Beasley or Boozer?

July 30, 2009 by

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A few days ago John Hollinger of ESPN.com made the following observations (Insider Access Required): 1. Michael Beasley averaged 22.4 points per 40 minutes with a 17.29 PER. 2. This is the same PER Boozer recorded.  3. Therefore, “upgrading from Beasley to Boozer has no impact whatsover. None. Zero.” 4. Odom has a 16.60 PER […]

The Underrated in 2008-09

July 28, 2009 by

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Who is the most “underrated” player in the NBA?  As I noted a few days ago, the answer to such a question requires two perspectives.  The first metric should capture popular perception.  The second should approximate reality.  Of course, to make such an argument you have to argue that your reality differs from popular perception […]

Who was the Most Overrated in 2008-09?

July 26, 2009 by

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Dictionary.com tells us that the word “overrated” means: to rate or appraise too highly; overestimate The word “high” is a relative term.  To argue that something is “too high” or “too low” requires a reference point.  Actually, to be precise, you need two points of reference.  For example, batting average in baseball will overestimate a […]

Motivating Morrison

July 23, 2009 by

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A few days ago the following story from Lisa Dillman appeared in the L.A. Times: “Adam Morrison rides a hot hand in Las Vegas.” Reading the reviews might have been the first mistake for the Lakers’ Adam Morrison. “I had a lot of criticism after my first year,” Morrison said of his rookie season with […]

Are the Cavaliers Better?

July 22, 2009 by

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The Cleveland Cavaliers were the best team in the NBA in 2008-09.  At least, that’s what you would conclude if you looked at efficiency differential (offensive efficiency minus defensive efficiency) or Wins Produced during the 2008-09 regular season.   If you look at the smaller sample from the post-season, you would reach a different conclusion.  Of […]

The Magic and Pistons Go Different Directions

July 19, 2009 by

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The Detroit Pistons defeated the Orlando Magic in the 2008 Eastern Conference Semifinals.  Since this victory, each team has gone in very different directions.  The Magic advanced to the NBA Finals in 2009, and given the moves made this summer (moves I will discuss in a moment) should be even better in 2009-10. Meanwhile, the […]

The Reasons to Sign Iverson

July 16, 2009 by

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Adrian Wojnarowski  — of Yahoo! Sports – is reporting that the LA Clippers are interested in signing Allen Iverson.   Why would The Answer be the answer for the Clippers?  Here is what Wojnarowski said: The answer is as simple as it’s flawed: box office over basketball. The worst owner in sports, Donald T. Sterling, believes […]

Should Kuester Rent or Buy?

July 14, 2009 by

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Judging by the reaction to my last post, if you tell fans of a team that there is little hope more than three months before the season even starts, those fans are going to become unhappy.  Unfortunately, the story I told about the Raptors is not unique. And to illustrate this point I thought I […]

Dashing Hope in Toronto

July 12, 2009 by

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There are 29 cities who currently host at least one NBA team.  Of these, only 15 have ever witnessed an NBA title.   And if we focus on life in the NBA since 1980, we see only eight teams winning an NBA title (Lakers, Celtics, 76ers, Pistons, Bulls, Rockets, Spurs, and Heat).  Such a record suggests […]

An Interesting Path Back To Contention for the Mavericks

July 9, 2009 by

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The Dallas Mavericks finished the 2008-09 season with a 2.1 efficiency differential (offensive efficiency minus defensive efficiency).  Although such a mark surpasses anything done by the Clippers in their time in Los Angeles (or San Diego or Buffalo), it was the worst performance by the Mavericks since the 1999-00 season.  In other words, it was […]