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Can the Blazers Move from Promise to the Promise Land?

July 31, 2010 by


Burzin Daruwala is an engineer at a Fortune 500 company in Oregon, and has been a fan of the Portland Trail Blazers from the moment he learned about the existence of the NBA. Twelve years ago when he arrived in the US as a student, one of his friends persuaded him to take time off […]

The Miami Heat Index Joins the Wages of Wins Network

July 30, 2010 by


We have another member of The Wages of Wins Network.  Mosi Platt has started “Miami Heat Index”, a blog that will examine the Miami Heat from the Wins Produced perspective.   Mosi’s blog started yesterday, and he already has two columns posted: The Bottom Three – For Love or Productivity? The Three Kings and the Five […]

Why Macroeconomists Should Watch Sports

July 29, 2010 by


My latest for the Huffington Post links the stories told in Stumbling on Wins to recent Congressional testimony by Nobel Laureate Robert Solow.  My interest in this story is twofold. First, I wanted to once again emphasize a major story in Stumbling on Wins.  What we see with respect to decision-making in sports applies to […]

Another Look at Team USA in 2010

July 28, 2010 by


About a week ago, Patrick Minton offered a look at Team USA in 2010.  This examination noted that despite the loss of every player from Team USA 2008, a few “stars” remained.  Now, though, we have even more information. Chris Sheridan reports that Team USA has cut Tyreke Evans, O.J. Mayo, Gerald Wallace, and Javale […]

Part Two of a Q&A at Valley of the Suns (and a discussion of conventional wisdom and advanced statistics)

July 27, 2010 by


The second part of my Q&A with Michael Schwartz (of Valley of the Suns) has now been posted.  In part two, we discussed why the Suns were wise to allow Amare Stoudemire to depart. how the Suns might be able to overcome the loss of Stoudemire. At the very end of the discussion, I note […]

A Q&A with Valley of the Suns

July 26, 2010 by


Michael Schwartz – from Valley of the Suns – recently sent me a series of questions focused on Stumbling on Wins and the Phoenix Suns.  The first part of my answers — 1 on 1 with David Berri: Part 1 – were posted today.  Michael tells me that the second part should be posted tomorrow. […]

D-League Players vs. Late First Round Picks: A Surprising Result

July 25, 2010 by


Andres Perezchica grew up in California and was at UC Berkeley during the Warriors’ We Believe era. He then studied a master’s program in Finance in Monterrey, Mexico, where he became intrigued by the growing field of Sports Economics. He is currently living back in California. During the 2009-10 NBA season, the Golden State Warriors […]

A Jordan Myth and the Latest and Greatest from the Wages of Wins Network

July 24, 2010 by


My latest at Huffington Post – LeBron James is doing for himself what Jerry Krause did for Jordan – examines MJ’s recent criticism of LeBron.  More specifically, the post attacks the notion that Jordan managed to win titles all by himself.  In addition to shamelessly drawing attention to my work, I would also like to […]

Are There No “Stars” for Team USA?

July 22, 2010 by


Patrick Minton was born and raised in Minnesota.  After graduating with a degree in Psychology, he travelled abroad in Germany.  In Germany he did a number of odd jobs to pay the bills, including coaching basketball at all levels.  He says he has always been a numbers freak, going so far as to enlist friends […]

Can Toronto Overcome the Loss of Chris Bosh?

July 21, 2010 by


Devin Dignam grew up in small town about 45 minutes north-west of Toronto, before moving to Ottawa (you know, the capital of Canada?), where he completed a B.Sc in Human Kinetics and a B.Ed. Devin is getting tired of tolerating the constant hockey coverage in Canada, and wishes for Canada’s lone remaining NBA team to […]