Browsing All Posts published on »March, 2010«

The Al Harrington Market

March 19, 2010 by


According to the NY Post, Al Harrington wants to join the New Jersey Nets next season. (HT: ESPN Rumor Central) Knicks forward Al Harrington often wears a ballcap with a scripted “NJ.” The former star at St. Patrick’s High in Elizabeth, who lives in Edgewater, said he’s not trying to send out any subliminal messages […]

Early NCAA Returns

March 18, 2010 by


Jessica — my youngest daughter — is 10 years old.   On her NCAA bracket she is currently 8-0.  She picked Murray State, Saint Mary’s, and Old Dominion.   This is her method:  She says she picked the teams that didn’t win as much because she thinks they try harder.  Not sure about the statistical validity of this […]

The First Reviews of Stumbling on Wins!!

March 17, 2010 by


Our next book – Stumbling on Wins (FT Press) – will officially be released next week. But you can already order the book at (in hardcover and the Kindle edition).  And now we have some early reviews. Henry Abbott has actually offered two comments on the book.  On the back cover of the book […]

Clyde Drexler and Kobe Bryant: The Second Best Career

March 17, 2010 by


The post “Kobe Makes Pau Gasol Unhappy” has apparently made fans of Kobe unhappy.  Such fans are quite interesting.  As many people have learned, any suggestion that Kobe is not the greatest basketball player in both this world and all future worlds is quickly met with a great deal of anger in the Internet.  And […]

An Instant Analysis of the 2010 NCAA Tournament

March 14, 2010 by


Today’s guest post – and instant analysis of the 2010 NCAA Tournament (posted within hours of the brackets being announced) — is yet another excellent offering from Erich Doerr .  Erich first contacted me prior to the 2006 NBA Draft with a statistical preview in hand.  Each subsequent year has seen improvement in the depth […]

Kobe Makes Pau Gasol Unhappy

March 14, 2010 by


According to Adrian Wojnarowski (of Yahoo! Sports), Pau Gasol isn’t happy.  Gasol seems to think the Kobe Bryant is taking too many shots.  Or more specifically, Gasol is not taking enough. The Focus on Scoring Leads to Frustration When we look at the data, we see that Gasol has a point.  His per-game scoring average […]

Assigning Blame in Atlanta and Boston

March 12, 2010 by


After 41 games the Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtics posted the following marks: Atlanta: 27 wins, 5.9 efficiency differential (offensive efficiency – defensive efficiency) Boston: 28 wins, 6.4 differential In the 22 games since this midpoint (as of Wednesday night), both teams have – as the following numbers indicate – performed somewhat worse.  Atlanta: 13 […]

The Wall Street Journal Looks for Teams that Make the Nets Look Good

March 10, 2010 by


David Biderman – of the Wall Street Journal – reports today on The Teams that Make the Nets Look Good. Biderman’s story is based on the following question he asked me to consider:  Across the past 10 years, have their been other teams in professional sports as bad as the Nets? To answer this question […]

Imagine Hasheem Thabeet using WP48 to defend his NBA career

March 9, 2010 by


Here is a fictional story – by Jonathan Bertag – about the early professional career of Hasheem Thabeet.  Bertag tells the tale of Thabeet coming to the Grizzlies, meeting and becoming friends with Allen Iverson, and ultimately being sent to the Dakota Wizards.  Along the way, we see the hero of the story (Thabeet) attempt […]

A Short Post on the Hornets

March 7, 2010 by


The post on adjusted plus/minus involved an examination of Darious Songaila.  And that examination required that I look at the New Orleans Hornets this year.  It would be a shame to let this analysis go to waste.  So here is a brief post on the Hornets. Let’s begin with the play of Darren Collison.  That […]