Browsing All Posts published on »January, 2011«

Commenting on Nate Silver’s Melo Effect

January 17, 2011 by


Why Carmelo Anthony Is the Ultimate Team Player (and What ‘Advanced’ Stats Miss About Him). The ‘advanced’ stat in this article from Nate Silver, is Wins Produced.  And here is what Silver argues Wins Produced is missing. What is missing from formulas like Berri’s is an account of what Anthony does to the rest of […]

Why is LeBron James a More Productive Player than Carmelo Anthony?

January 13, 2011 by


The Nets and Knicks May Be Better Off Without ‘Melo.   Such is the argument made by Jared Diamond in today’s Wall Street Journal.  According to the article… Mr. Anthony is on pace to finish this season worth the equivalent of 6.8 wins, using the metric “Wins Produced” that predicts how statistics correlate to winning. Developed […]

Final Quarterback Rankings for 2010 and Some Football Thoughts

January 11, 2011 by


A few days ago I was watching a panel discussion on quarterbacks on the NFL Network.  Or maybe it was at ESPN.  Actually I am not sure.  In fact, I am not sure who was on the panel.  I do remember, though, the discussion. The discussion focused on the value of Jay Cutler and Aaron […]

Wages of Winning at Three Shades of Blue

January 9, 2011 by


Chip Crain – at Three Shades of Blue – recently sent along a number of questions regarding the Memphis Grizzlies.  My answers – which cover such topics as the play of Mike Conley, Rudy Gay, and Marc Gasol — have now been posted in an interview Chip has called Wages of Winning in 2011.  Here […]

More on the Evaluation of Amare Stoudemire and Landry Fields

January 9, 2011 by


The Knicks this season got off to a very bad start.  And early on, Amare Stoudemire was actually the least productive player in the NBA.  Stoudemire played so poorly, one person offered the following comment (yes, this was Italian Stallion): Sorry to take this a million miles off topic, but I have to vent. Amare […]

Amare Stoudemire for MVP?

January 7, 2011 by


Amare Stoudemire is currently ranked third in All-Star votes for Eastern Conference forwards (behind LeBron James and Kevin Garnett).  Mark Stein of, though, apparently disagrees with the voters.  For Stein, Stoudemire is the Most Valuable Player in the Eastern Conference for the first third of the season. Michael Schwartz – at Valley of the […]

Does the Loss of Caron Butler Matter Much to the Mavs?

January 6, 2011 by


It’s not often you see a 65-year old man referred to as a boy-toy.  But this is what Mark Cuban called Phil Jackson this week.  Cuban’s “odd” statement was in response to another “odd” statement from Jackson. In response to the season-ending injury suffered by Caron Butler, Jackson said (according to the Los Angeles Times): […]

Have the Lakers declined? It depends on your perspective

January 4, 2011 by


On Sunday the LA Lakers lost at home to the Memphis Grizzlies.  Actually the defending champions didn’t just lose.  The Grizzlies – a below 0.500 team that has never won a playoff game – beat the Lakers by 19 points.  And that clearly indicates that the defending champs have taken a step back.  Maybe several […]

Maybe Deron Williams Should Have Expected to be Disappointed

January 3, 2011 by


After 34 games the Utah Jazz boast a 23-11 record and currently are on top of the Northwest division (as of games of Saturday night).  Despite this record, though, Deron Williams – the team’s star point guard – is unhappy.  Here is some of what was reported on New Year’s Day in the Salt Lake […]

J.C. Bradbury says "So Long"

January 2, 2011 by


The Wages of Wins was published in May of 2006.   Before it appeared, J.C. Bradbury – of Sabernomics – urged us to create a blog to promote the book.  At the time I had no idea how to start a blog (or how to promote a book – something I am still not sure about).  […]