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Problems with Talent Evaluation in Toronto

February 15, 2011 by

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About two weeks ago Jeff Zillgitt argued in the USA Today that DeMar DeRozan is “stepping up” in his second season in the NBA.  More comfortable and confident in his second year, DeRozan wants to stand out. DeRozan has 14 games of 20 or more points — but 11 since Dec. 1. Those include 37 […]

Weekend Podcast and Many Links for Monday

February 14, 2011 by

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Weekend Podcast! The link is at http://www.nerdnumbers.com/podcasts/STAT_02_12_2011.mp3 but of course smart readers like you are using the RSS feed at: http://www.nerdnumbers.com/podcasts/stat_feed.xml (Advanced->Subscribe to Podcast in iTunes) The cast of the podcast: Andres Alvarez — http://nerdnumbers.com/ Arturo Galletti – http://arturogalletti.wordpress.com/ Mosi Plott – http://miami-heat-index.blogspot.com/ David Berri – https://dberri.wordpress.com/ The discussion ranged from why we blog to […]

Visualizing Pareto

February 12, 2011 by

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Editor’s Note: About a week ago I posted a story detailing how the Houston Rockets were defying the Pareto Principle.   Teams tend to get between 70% to 80% of their wins from their top three players (i.e. about 80% of wins tend to come from 20% of the team’s roster).  The Rockets, though, have been […]

Ray Allen vs. Reggie Miller

February 10, 2011 by

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Tonight Ray Allen hit his 2,561 career three-pointer, breaking the all-time mark by Reggie Miller.  This event led me to wonder, how does Ray Allen compare to Reggie Miller?  In fact, I can imagine people spending some time this evening debating this issue (those some people don’t include me… my wife and I are watching […]

What if Melo got to Switch Places with LeBron?

February 9, 2011 by

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Carmelo Anthony clearly wants to leave Denver. Okay, when I started writing this story, this seemed clear.  Now we hear that Carmelo Anthony might stay in Denver.   And if that happens, this story doesn’t work as well.  So let me proceed as if I never saw Melo say he “would take a real hard look” […]

How the Warriors Stumbled Instead

February 8, 2011 by

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Jeremy Britton, an SF Bay Area interaction designer at ZURB, fell in love with NBA basketball as a kid while watching Eric “Sleepy” Floyd drop 28 fourth quarter points on the Lakers in front of a bank of TVs at a Bay Area Price Club with dozens of Warrior faithful. The Warriors took that thrilling […]

Why are the Sixers not Awful?

February 7, 2011 by

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The Philadelphia 76ers declined from 41 wins in 2008-09 to 27 wins in 2009-10.  As Sam Cohen noted last June, given the departure of Andre Miller – and the failure to add any productive players – this decline was expected. Sam went on to note that the primary trade the Sixers made last summer – […]

The Lions are the Greatest!!! And That's Factorial

February 6, 2011 by

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There is a basic axiom in economics.  If A is preferred to B, and B is preferred to C, then A is preferred to C.  Well… The Lions played the Green Bay Packers twice this year.  The first time the Lions lost 28-26; although the Lions gained more yards (432 to 261) and committed fewer […]

The Lions are the Greatest!!! And That’s Factorial

February 6, 2011 by

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There is a basic axiom in economics.  If A is preferred to B, and B is preferred to C, then A is preferred to C.  Well… The Lions played the Green Bay Packers twice this year.  The first time the Lions lost 28-26; although the Lions gained more yards (432 to 261) and committed fewer […]

Talking Basketball — and other stuff — with Dre and Mosi

February 6, 2011 by

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Mosi Platt of the Miami Heat Index, Dre (Andres Alvarez) from Nerd Numbers, and I got together for a podcast this weekend.  Here is the link: http://www.nerdnumbers.com/podcasts/STAT_02_05_2011.mp3 but of course – as Dre always notes — smart readers like you are using the RSS feed at: http://www.nerdnumbers.com/podcasts/stat_feed.xml (Advanced->Subscribe to Podcast in iTunes) Both Dre and […]