Browsing All Posts published on »October, 2010«

The WoW Network Predicts the Post Season Awards

October 31, 2010 by


A few days ago, the won-loss predictions of the Wages of Wins Network were reviewed.  Today we want to review predictions for post season awards.   Andres Alvarez – at Nerd Numbers the Blog – has collected these predictions.  And his post reviewing these predictons is offered below. Make sure to check out the actual picks […]

The High Value Scoring Percentage and the Sh*t Shot Percentage?

October 29, 2010 by


Last night I had a “great” idea for a post about Derrick Rose.  But as I wrote it out this morning I was less thrilled with my “great” idea (not that it was a “bad” post, just not as “great” as I originally thought).  And had I just waited, I could have simply put up […]

Derrick Rose Likes to Call His Own Number

October 29, 2010 by


Here is a quick, less formal, and not entirely conclusive study after the first game of the season. The Chicago Bulls attempted 93 shots from the field in their opening day loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.  Of these, 31 were attempted by Derrick Rose.   The most taken by another player on the Bulls was […]

Using Math to Predict the 2010-11 Season and the NBA’s Math Doesn’t Add Up

October 28, 2010 by


A number of people have made predictions for the upcoming season as part of The Wages of Wins Network 2011 Super Stat Geek Smackdown.  Andres Alvarez – at Nerd Numbers the Blog – has collected these predictions for both the Eastern and Western Conference.  These two collections are reposted below.  In addition, there was an […]

Hot Stove Economics and Other Baseball Thoughts

October 28, 2010 by


Now that the NBA season is upon us, let’s talk a little baseball.  Okay, maybe this isn’t what readers in this forum are look for.  Still, I have a few baseball thoughts I wish to share (my next post will offer a few basketball thoughts). Hot Stove Economics JC Bradbury – author of the Baseball […]

Can the Nets Make the Playoffs in 2011?

October 27, 2010 by


This past summer (and parts of the fall), reviews of almost every NBA team – using Wins Produced – were posted in this forum (these are all listed at the NBA Analysis Page).  The lone exception was the New Jersey Nets. So with this quick post, every team will have been reviewed. Let me start […]

Blake Griffin Might Rank Among the All-Time Best Rookies (and John Wall probably won’t)

October 26, 2010 by


One of the stories told in Stumbling on Wins is that draft position is a poor predictor of an NBA player’s future per-minute productivity.  A player’s college numbers are a better predictor, although the link between college and pro performance is not nearly as good as we would like.  Up until a few weeks ago, […]

RaptorsHQ and I Talk Basketball

October 25, 2010 by


RaptorsHQ published a Q&A today.  The questions I answered were asked over several weeks, and the topics cover such issues as how did I become interested in sports economics and basketball? variations in the Wins Produced metric (different ways people have changed the measure) the value of Andrea Bargnani will the Raptors be as bad […]

How Does the Injury to Mike Miller Impact the Heat?

October 25, 2010 by


Arturo Galletti – at “Arturo’s Silly Little Stats” – has offered a review/preview of the Miami Heat (reposted below).  The big question he addresses: How will the injury to Mike Miller impact the Heat’s pursuit of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls?  The answer… well, the Bulls record will probably stand for another year. For want of […]

Rookie Preseason Statistics

October 24, 2010 by


Arturo Galletti – at “Arturo’s Silly Little Stats” – has offered a few studies of rookies recently (see his “Prove me Wrong” series HERE, HERE, and HERE).  His latest – reposted below – is a quick look at the preseason rookie numbers.  In the next day or so I am going to build upon the story […]