Browsing All Posts published on »December, 2010«

The Same Story for Chris Paul and the Need for a New Trevor Ariza

December 30, 2010 by


About a month ago an Ian Thomsen story appeared in Sports Illustrated detailing the resurgent New Orleans Hornets.  At the Huffington Post – again, about a month ago — I took issue with Thomsen’s story.  For Thomsen, the story was all about changes to both the team’s roster and the team’s front office.  This focus, […]

Brook Lopez is Untouchable?

December 27, 2010 by


Once again, trade talks between the Nets and Nuggets are heating up.  The Nets obviously want Carmelo Anthony.  And it appears the Nets are willing to give up almost anyone to land him.  But there is one name that appears to be untouchable.  According to a story from Adrian Wojnarowski – offered a few days […]

Still Hoping for a Plan in Atlanta

December 26, 2010 by


Prior to the 2009-10 season I offered a review/preview of the Atlanta Hawks that was titled: Hoping for a Plan in Atlanta.  During the summer of 2009 the Hawks made very few moves to improve their roster.   So it was clear the Hawks were simply hoping that players already on the team would improve. At […]

The Person Buying the Groceries Might Be the Problem in Charlotte

December 23, 2010 by


Last season, the Charlotte Bobcats won 44 games while posting an efficiency differential (offensive efficiency minus defensive efficiency) of 1.55.  Although this mark wouldn’t be impressive for most NBA teams, Charlotte’s efficiency differential in 2009-10 was the best differential in franchise history (a history that dates back to 2004-05). The team’s success resulted in the […]

Which NBA Team is Currently the Least Efficient? Taking a question from Bloomberg Television

December 21, 2010 by


Michele Steele – the Sports Business reporter at Bloomberg Television – e-mailed on Monday with the following question:  Who are the least efficiently run teams in basketball (i.e. the teams who spend the most wastefully above the luxury tax threshold)? The answer to this question was reported by Michele this morning on Bloomberg TV.  And […]

The Suns Look to Extend the 2010-11 Season By a Few Days

December 20, 2010 by


The big story this weekend was the two trades made by the Orlando Magic.  Much of the discussion of these transactions focused on the Magic.  And that discussion – at least around the Wages of Wins Network (and I also think, in many other places) – concluded that the Magic didn’t help themselves. But what […]

The Magic Move but Probably not Forward

December 19, 2010 by


Once upon a time the Orlando Magic were the “best” team in the NBA (where “best” is defined in terms of efficiency differential).    Okay, it was just last year.  The Magic’s efficiency differential (offensive efficiency minus defensive efficiency) was 7.95 last season.  This mark actually led the NBA in 2009-10.  And only 25 teams […]

Late Friday Bullets

December 17, 2010 by


One of my favorite features at TrueHoop – the leading NBA blog in the world – is the daily bullet list.  This week, though, we only got two lists.  Henry Abbott says he is busy with other aspects of the blog, like writing actual stories on Yao Ming and LeBron James (which I think […]

A Simple Question with a Simple Answer

December 16, 2010 by


Ben Gulker – who has offered posts in this forum in the past – now has his own blog.  And today at Pistons by the Numbers, Ben offered the Pistons some simple answers to their questions.  Below is Ben’s post in its entirety. Over at, another Q&A with Keith Langlois and Joe Dumars has […]

Decoding the Knicks Secret Rebuilding Plan

December 15, 2010 by


The discussion of the problems facing the Detroit Pistons led Italian Stallion – a person who frequently comments in this forum – to argue that the Pistons could learn from the New York Knicks.  According to IS, the Knicks pursued a strategy of getting worse before getting better.  And the key part of this strategy […]