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The Top 6th Man after 41 games

January 31, 2010 by


Last week I posted the WP48 and Wins Produced numbers for each player on each team in the NBA.   From these numbers we could see that the current MPP (Most Productive Player) is LeBron James (13.8 Wins Produced).  And the current MPP for Rookies would be DeJuan Blair and Tyreke Evans (4.2 Wins Produced).   Today […]

Is Derrick Rose Already a Star?

January 29, 2010 by


As noted yesterday, Rose currently has an 0.053 WP48 [Wins Produced per 48 minutes].  Such a mark is well below average (average WP48 is 0.100).  Of all the players selected for the sophomores in the Rookie Challenge, Rose was the least productive.  And now he has been promoted to the actual All-Star game. On the […]

Jonny Flynn Makes His Choices and Ty Lawson Has to Stay Home

January 28, 2010 by


The NBA’s assistant coaches have made their choices for the NBA’s Rookie Challenge.  And missing from the roster – as Henry Abbott at TrueHoop noted yesterday — is Ty Lawson. The argument that Lawson is a very good player has been made by many people (John Hollinger, David Thorpe, etc…).   But apparently these arguments didn’t […]

Every Team and Player at the Midpoint of the 2009-10 Season

January 24, 2010 by


After Friday night, every single team finally played its 41st game in the 2009-10 season.  And that means that I am able to evaluate every player on ever team at the season’s midpoint.  As I noted last year, many stories could be told with this data.  But it’s probably best to hold off on the […]

Disagreeing with Doug Moe

January 22, 2010 by


Doug Moe is synonymous with the Denver Nuggets.   No one had a longer tenure as coach of this team. And no coach led this franchise to more victories.  So one suspects Moe knows the Nuggets. Recently the “Big Stiff” (as Moe is known) was asked who is the greatest player in the history in the […]

Who is not MVP in 2010?

January 21, 2010 by


The NBA has essentially reached the midpoint.  As of last night, only five teams – Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Golden State, and Milwaukee — have yet to play 41 games.  As each team reaches the 41 game mark I have measured the productivity – via Wins Produced – of each player these teams employ.  After this […]

The Shooting Guard Penalty

January 18, 2010 by


So you want to be “like Mike?”  As noted by David Biderman of the Wall Street Journal, there is a downside to this objective.  It appears that shooting guards – relative to the other four positions the NBA employs — are getting ‘short’-changed. Biderman’s article draws upon a story we very briefly note in “Stumbling […]

Mixed Messages on Chris Bosh

January 14, 2010 by


One of the prizes in the 2010 free agent market is Chris Bosh.  His status in the market can be seen when we consider that across the past four seasons Bosh has averaged at least 22 points per game. been named to four All-Star teams. been named second team All-NBA (in 2007). consistently ranked in […]

A History Lesson from Detroit that Seems to be Repeating

January 12, 2010 by


On Monday evening the Detroit Pistons were blown out by the Chicago Bulls.  This was Detroit’s 13th consecutive loss, the team’s longest losing streak since the 1993-94 season (thankfully the streak ended on Tuesday night). When I saw the comparison with the streak from more than 15 years ago my thoughts turned back to that […]

Who Besides Ed Stefanski Should be Unhappy in Philadelphia?

January 10, 2010 by


After 36 games, Philadelphia’s mark is only 11-25.  Apparently, such a record had made Ed Stefanski – president of the Philadelphia 76ers – unhappy.  And furthermore, he thinks every0ne – including Eddie Jordan (the team’s head coach) – is to blame. There is a tendency in sports to credit everyone with a team’s success, and […]