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Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant, and something from Lamar Odom

June 17, 2010 by


Here is the Wins Produced view of the NBA Finals after Game Six:And here are a few additional thoughts… Before Game Six the story for the Lakers was Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant, and not much else.  After Game Six, the story is now Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant, and Lamar Odom.  After this trio, though, there […]

Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant, and then nothing much

June 15, 2010 by


Here is a quick table to think about before tonight’s game. The story being told is that Kobe is doing everything he can to win a title but his teammates aren’t helping.  The Wins Produced story is almost the same.  Except the story would be “Pau Gasol and Kobe are doing everything they can to […]

Trading the Ice Capades for Bill Russell

June 15, 2010 by


As the NBA draft approaches, I thought of the story of Red Auerbach’s acquisition of Bill Russell.  This story*– told in “Let Me Tell a Story: A Lifetime in the Game”, the autobiography Auerbach wrote with John Feinstein, (a book I very much recommend and is available for less than $6 at – was […]

The Top 33 Rookies in the Past 33 Years

June 13, 2010 by


Here is another wayof looking at the lists Arturo and Andres presented yesterday. A few quick observations on the top rookies since 1977… The only other rookie to reach the 10.0 mark in Wins Produced was Kevin Love in 2008-09. In other words, there have been 330 top 10 picks since 1977.  Only 34 rookies […]

Finding Elite Rookies in the NBA Draft or How the NBA Draft is a Lottery

June 12, 2010 by


Andres Alvarez is a software engineer.  Arturo Galletti is an electrical engineer and statistician. Both are avid NBA fans that have been looking over draft data from the last thirty years. The following is an article that started as a long e-mail conversation and hopefully will be the first of several interesting articles on the […]

Write Your Own Kobe Post

June 11, 2010 by


Last night Kobe missed more than he made and committed seven turnovers.  And the Lakers also lost the game.  But Kobe did score 33 points.  So Chris Mannix – of – wrote the following: Stellar Bryant can’t rescue Lakers Okay, I am going to avoid writing another lengthy post on Kobe.  But feel free […]

The Amazing Internet

June 10, 2010 by


This afternoon – somewhere around 4pm EST – my phone rang in my office.  On the other end was Tom Van Riper of  Tom was working on a story on over-paid athletes and he wanted to ask me a few questions.  Our conversation lasted only a few minutes, and in that time we touched […]

The Celtics Challenge

June 10, 2010 by


Tball is an attorney practicing in relative obscurity in New Hampshire.  Beyond a demanding home life, an active practice, and occasional rambling on this site, he devotes an obscene amount of time volunteering at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua (online donations are accepted).  Likes include pop economics, behavioral analytics, and audio nonfiction.  […]

Most Valuable Laker? Might Not be Kobe

June 9, 2010 by


Such is the argument offered by David Biderman in the Thursday edition of the Wall Street Journal.  The argument depends a great deal on Wins Produced.  More specifically, it depends on the Wins Produced playoff numbers provided by Andres Alvarez.  Although Wins Produced consistently indicates Kobe is not the top player on the Lakers in […]

More on the Kobe Bryant Clutch Story at

June 8, 2010 by


Is Kobe Bryant really the best clutch player in the NBA? This is the question posed by Alan Siegel at  His answer draws upon research and numbers from, Wayne Winston, Dan Ariely, and an obscure economics professor from Southern Utah University.  The answer… well, Kobe doesn’t appear to be the best player in […]