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Conversation with Links (Mosi Platt and I Talk the NBA)

February 27, 2011 by


The line-up for this week’s podcast was the minimum necessary to actually have a conversation.  For 45 minutes, Mosi Platt of the Miami Heat Index and I discussed a whole host of NBA issues.  To listen, follow these links: of if you are using the RSS feed: Mosi did more than just lead […]

Kevin Durant May Finally Be Playing for a Contender

February 24, 2011 by


“Hi Danny, this is Sam Presti calling” “Hi Sam.  What can I do for you?” “Remember a few years ago when I gave you Ray Allen” “Well, you didn’t give me Ray… “Hold on, let me finish.  Remember when I gave you Ray Allen.  And you then were able to trade for Kevin Garnett; which […]

Deron Williams, Devin Harris, and the Best Point Guard in the NBA

February 23, 2011 by


Here is Billy King – the Nets general manager – commenting on the Nets acquisition of Deron Williams:“I feel Deron Williams is the best point guard in the NBA. And when you want to try to win you need a point guard and a center, and I think we have two of the best.” Okay, […]

More Melo Musings

February 23, 2011 by


Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal asks: Does Adding Anthony Mean Wins? His answer begins with the following observation: The megadeal that sent Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks has in many ways become a battle between the old and new schools of understanding basketball. On one side, some so-called experts—generally analysts in the media—are […]

Quick Thoughts on the Melo Trade

February 21, 2011 by


Carmelo Anthony is going to the Knicks.  Finally.  Here are the details (as reported by The New York Knicks Receive: Carmelo Anthony Chauncey Billups Shelden Williams Anthony Carter Renaldo Balkman Corey Brewer The Denver Nuggets Receive: Raymond Felton Wilson Chandler Danilo Gallinari Timofey Mozgov First Round Pick in 2014 (plus other picks, cash, and […]

Who Are the Title Contenders at the All-Star Break? Hint: Maybe not the Mavericks (or the Lakers?)

February 21, 2011 by


The following table reports the regular season efficiency differential (offensive efficiency minus defensive efficiency) of the 37 teams that have won an NBA title since 1974. Some quick observations from this table: these 37 title teams averaged a 6.5 efficiency differential and 59 regular season wins 15 team led the league in efficiency differential (offensive efficiency […]

The NBA Anti-Awards at the All-Star Break

February 20, 2011 by


Editor’s Note: The following is from Ian Levy (of Hickory High), who has created the NBA Anti-Awards.  These are awards for actions that people tend not to focus upon (because often these are actions that don’t earn players much praise and don’t really help teams win games).  What follows is his latest update of the front-runners […]

Friday Podcast, Saturday Links, and Micro Yay Points!

February 19, 2011 by


Blogs are essentially imitations of newspaper columns.  And podcasts are essentially radio programs.  Having demonstrated (at least to ourselves) that we can write, members of the Wages of Wins Network have now branched out into the world of podcasts.  Friday afternoon, Mosi Platt of the Miami Heat Index, Devin Dignam of NBAEh?, and Arturo Galletti […]

Would Michael Redd Have Made A Difference in Milwaukee this Season?

February 18, 2011 by


Michael Redd – the highest paid player on the Bucks (he is collecting $18 million this season) – has yet to play this year.  But he is now scheduled to re-join the team (although when he will play again is unclear).  And that leads one to ask, how much of a difference would a healthy […]

A Comment on Coaching and Learning

February 17, 2011 by


Henry Abbott – at TrueHoop – had a nice column Tuesday on the “Punitive Coach”.  The story focused on a specific high school coach and the tactics she used to elicit better performances from her players.   For anyone who has watched sports, the tactics are not surprising.  Yelling and punishments are often used in response to […]