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John Wall, Derrick Rose, and the State of the Wizards

May 31, 2010 by


Note: This is a joint post by me (DJ) and Robbie O’Malley.  The first part is from me and the last part comes from Robbie. A couple of weeks ago I asked the question: Is John Wall the Obvious Number One Pick for the Wizards?  In response to this question – and my discussion – I […]

Rodney Stuckey Equals Rajon Rondo?

May 30, 2010 by


Ben Gulker is a Program Director for a statewide AmeriCorps program in his home state of Michigan, where he was born and raised. He’s a lifelong Pistons fan that grew up during the Bad Boy era, suffered through the “Teal” era, and spends his current fan time reading up on top 10 draft picks, thanks […]

A New Hope in Indiana?

May 29, 2010 by


Ian Levy is a Third-Grade teacher by day and amateur basketball analyst by afternoon (he usually sleeps at night). Ian suffers from a rare psychological condition known as Anti-Homeritis which renders him incapable of rooting for hometown teams. He grew up in Upstate New York and has therefore been a lifelong Indiana Pacers fan. He […]

Game Changing Draft Picks since 1977

May 27, 2010 by


Arturo Galletti – who has contributed two stories to the WoW Journal (see HERE and HERE) – and Andres Alvarez (who has created the automated Wins Produced website and posted this column) have been looking at my calculation of Wins Produced from 1977-78 to 2009-10.  Soon (not sure how “soon” is defined but I guess […]

The Potential Contenders in 2009-10

May 26, 2010 by


About ten days ago I posted a brief comment examining how many “stars” and “super-stars” a team needs to win a title.  Looking at the teams that won an NBA title from 1980 to the present, we see that only three teams – the 1994 Houston Rockets, the 2006 Miami Heat, and the 2009 LA […]

And Yet Another Look at Drafting Quarterbacks in the NFL

May 26, 2010 by


My latest column for the Huffington Post discusses the research on quarterbacks and the NFL draft I recently published with Rob Simmons. This research has generated quite a bit of interest.  Malcolm Gladwell discussed this in a New Yorker article in December  of 2008.  This article then became part of Gladwell’s What the Dog Saw, and […]

Does the Wizard have Melo’s Help and Karl’s Leadership?

May 24, 2010 by


Andres Alvarez graduated from Colorado State University with an M.S. in Computer Science. He is currently a GIS Analyst who likes to work on geeky stat side projects for fun, including the automated Wins Produced website (which we all appreciate).  He has been a Colorado resident his entire life and a Nuggets fan for most […]

Sunday in the Deseret News

May 24, 2010 by


Doug Robinson of the Deseret News published a lengthy (and I naturally think, quite excellent) article on my research on Sunday: SUU economics professor uses stats to debunk conventional sports wisdom Readers of this forum are likely familiar with all these stories.   But I wanted to note the picture that went with the story.  On […]

The Value Proposition in the NBA

May 23, 2010 by


Arturo Galletti is an electrical engineer and statistician by education (masters in electrical and computer engineering), by vocation (he was worked across the past ten years  for the US government — as well as Baxter and Johnson & Johnson — to convert data into information and improvement actions),  and by passion (Minitab is great for […]

Should the Grizzlies Go Forward with Rudy Gay?

May 22, 2010 by


Jamie Vann Struth is an economist based in Vancouver, BC. He owns an economic development consulting firm and crunches sports statistics for fun. His history with the Grizzlies goes back to the beginning, when they were born in 1995 at the exact time that he arrived in Vancouver to attend graduate school at Simon Fraser […]