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Explaining the Disappointing Wizards

December 30, 2009 by


Each time someone links to the Wages of Wins Journal I am notified by Word Press. A few days ago I noticed a link to the following entry at Ted’s Take: A Really Great NBA Blog Check this one out. That was the entire entry.  Ted Leonsis and the Wizards The Ted of Ted’s Take […]

A Costanza Trade for Joe Dumars

December 29, 2009 by


Patrick Hayes at (my favorites site for Detroit sports) points our attention to a trade suggestion from Bill Simmons: I know that ESPN’s Bill Simmons columns are meant for entertainment and that his trade suggestions have no real basis in reality. ….His latest effort looks at teams that, because of the economy, need to […]

Correlation, Causation, and Jamal Crawford

December 27, 2009 by


Ed Carson of Investors. com reported the following trend a few weeks ago (HT Freakonomics): The best kept secret of the past 20 years has been this: When the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA championship, the market would almost always fall that year. When the Lakers lost, the market would usually rise. The Laker […]

A Quick Note on the Trail Blazers Rash of Injuries

December 23, 2009 by


Yesterday I noted that the Rockets losing their top three scorers from 2008-09 did not appear to dramatically impact the team’s fortunes this year.  Yes, the Rockets are not quite as good as last year.  But the loss of Yao Ming, Tracy McGrady, and Ron Artest is only expected to cost the Rockets about seven […]

A Quick Note on Aging in the NBA

December 23, 2009 by


David Biderman of the Wall Street Journal has a short story today on the aging of NBA players.  The article notes that the peak age – or the point where player stop improving – is around 24 or 25 years of age.  Biderman’s source for this story is some economist from Southern Utah University. The […]

Lawson Regrets and the Amazing Tyreke Evans

December 22, 2009 by


From a statistical perspective – as Table One illustrates — Ty Lawson was the most productive point guard drafted out of college last summer.  Table One: Ranking the Players Selected from College in the 2009 NBA Draft Despite his college production, though, Lawson lasted until the 18th pick in the draft.  Five point guards – […]

The Rockets Surprise

December 22, 2009 by


Before the season started we learned that Yao Ming wasn’t going to play.  Furthermore, Ron Artest had departed for LA and the availability of Tracy McGrady was questionable.  These three players led the Rockets in points per game in 2008-09.  With so much scoring exiting the building, many NBA observers thought Houston was destined for […]

Boston or LA?

December 17, 2009 by


With 30% of the regular season complete, the Boston Celtics lead the Eastern Conference with a 10.3 efficiency differential (offensive efficiency minus defensive efficiency).  And the LA Lakers lead the Western Conference with an 8.3 mark.  Although it’s still early, such numbers suggest that for the 12th time in NBA history the Celtics and Lakers […]

Pointing Fingers at the Miami Heat

December 16, 2009 by


The Miami Heat began the season with a three game winning streak.  After losing a game, the Heat won another three in a row.  Since that 6-1 start, though, the team has only won six of seventeen games.  After one of their latest losses – a 28 point defeat at the hands of the Memphis […]

How Much Has Phoenix Improved and Is Amare An All-Star?

December 14, 2009 by


If the NBA playoffs began today the Phoenix Suns would currently have the 4th seed – and home-court advantage in the first round — in the Western Conference.  The Cleveland Cavaliers – in the Eastern Conference – also hold the 4th seed.  Why is this comparison important? Last year the Cavaliers were the best team […]