Browsing All Posts published on »November, 2010«

Talking Stats and Basketball with Philadunkia

November 30, 2010 by


Back in September I was interviewed by Tom Sunnergren of Philadunkia.  At the time, I noted that there was more questions from Tom to be answered.  And I said at the time that I would get to those questions “this week”.  Okay, I really meant “at the end of the Fall semester”.  Today the rest […]

The Simple Story of How the Hornets Improved that Sports Illustrated Failed to Mention

November 28, 2010 by


A few weeks ago I discussed how the New Orleans Hornets – the last team to lose a game in 2010-11 – managed to improve.  Today – at the Huffington Post – I returned to this subject.  Why am I returning to this story? In the latest issue of Sports Illustrated, Ian Thomsen spends three […]

Southern Utah University Would Have Dominated the Big Ten This Year!

November 27, 2010 by


Transitivity is one of the basic principles in economics.  Specifically, if A is preferred to B, and B is preferred to C, then A is preferred to C.  Of course, what is said about economics often applies to sports (see the Law of Diminishing Returns for another example).  So let’s apply transitivity to the world […]

How the Clippers Are Dominating the NBA (at least for part of this week)

November 26, 2010 by


Earlier in the week I noted that the Clippers were the worst team in the NBA.  Perhaps surprisingly, though, this team has a very good collection of rookies.  Since posting this observation the Clippers have been on fire. Okay, they only won two games in a row. But one of these victories was over the […]

Raymond Felton was “Good” Before He Played for Mike D’Antoni

November 24, 2010 by


Just heard a comment at halftime of ESPN’s broadcast of the Magic-Heat game.  I don’t know which analyst offered this thought, but here is what was essentially said: “What Raymond Felton is doing this year is not that impressive because any point guard will put up numbers in the system of Mike D’Antoni.” Okay, here […]

Questions and Answers with J.C. Bradbury

November 24, 2010 by


With the Holiday Season upon us it is time to start thinking about what gifts to give and what you hope Santa brings to you.  The answer to both questions might by Hot Stove Economics.  J.C. Bradbury’s latest combines both economics and the study of baseball statistics in an exploration of the decisions baseball teams […]

The Most Overpaid and Underpaid in the NBA in 2009-10

November 23, 2010 by


Thomas Van Riper – of – just published a story examining The NBA’s Most Overpaid Players.  The story relies upon Wins Produced and the (somewhat crude) methodology I have employed in this forum in the past.  The method can be described briefly as follows:  From the salary numbers of Patricia Bender we see that […]

Stumbling on Wins Thanksgiving Promotion and Study Questions

November 22, 2010 by


The publisher of Stumbling on Wins – Financial Times Press – is making an offer this week that I don’t think many can refuse.  If you have Kindle, you can download Stumbling on Wins until November 27 for $0.00.  Yes, you read that correctly.  This week – if you have Kindle – Stumbling on Wins […]

The Amazing Rookies of the LA Clippers

November 21, 2010 by


The LA Clippers have played 14 games this season and only won once.  The team’s efficiency differential [offensive efficiency (points scored/possessions) – defensive efficiency (points surrendered/possessions)] is currently -9.9, a mark that ranks last in the NBA.  And of course, one has to wonder…why are the Clippers so bad? Well, maybe no one is really […]

The Amazing Landry Fields

November 18, 2010 by


The amazing Landry Fields is the subject of a Wall Street Journal article by David Biderman.  For those who have not been paying attention, Fields was the 39th player chosen in the 2010 draft.  Despite being drafted in the second round, Fields has started every game for the Knicks this season.  He has also been […]