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The Best in the West are Essentially the Same

May 16, 2011 by


When the playoffs started, the top contenders in the West were believed to be the LA Lakers and San Antonio Spurs. Those teams, though, are already out playing golf.  The two teams that have survived – the Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder – were not counted by many to be title contenders when the […]

Now I have to Root for the Chicago Bulls?

May 15, 2011 by


I grew up in Detroit, and that means I am not a big fan of Chicago sports.  And I am especially not fond of the Chicago Bulls, the team the Pistons tormented in the late 1980s (only to have the favor returned in the 1990s). But my participation in the TrueHoop Smackdown is forcing me […]

The MVP — or MPP — of Every NBA Team (and the WoW Weekend Podcast)

May 13, 2011 by


Here is something I meant to post sometime ago.  The sports writers name one MVP for the league.  But each team has an MVP, or at least, an MPP (Most Productive Player).  So let’s talk about all those MPPs. And when I say talk, that’s exactly what I mean.  Today’s post is both a podcast […]

Why are the Lakers Already Home for the Summer?

May 10, 2011 by


The following is from Andres (Dre) Alvarez. Were you surprised by Dallas beating LA?  For most people — including the Lakers — surprise is the right word.  But Arturo Galletti — the only person between the Wages of Wins Smackdown and Truehoop Smackdown that had Dallas winning this series — was clearly not surprised.  Most […]

Explaining the Lakers Collapse (and my latest for the Huffington Post)

May 10, 2011 by


Would the NFL be Destroyed if the Players Won?  This is the question I ask (and I think I answer) in my latest for the Huffington Post.  It is my intention to comment again on the NFL’s labor dispute soon. Of course, in this forum the focus tends to be basketball.  So for people wishing […]

Repeating the Rookie of the Year Award at Each Level of Experience

May 8, 2011 by


Today’s post is about the Rookie of the Year.  And the post is going to begin by covering some very familiar territory. Blake Griffin was a unanimous choice by the media for Rookie-of-the-Year in 2011. This was not a surprising choice.  As the following table illustrates, Griffin scored more than 700 points than John Wall, […]

Wages of Wins Network Podcast for May 6

May 6, 2011 by


The following is from Mosi Platt (with an assist from Andres Alvarez): If it’s the weekend, then it’s time for another Wages of Wins Network podcast. You can listen to the podcast three different ways: By downloading it from, Subscribing to the RSS feed or Going to iTunes. The Cast Andres Alvarez from […]

Derrick Rose was Not the MVP on Wednesday Night

May 5, 2011 by


Teachers (and professors) often assign papers to their students.  And in general, the day the assignments are made is different from the day the assignments are due. If you work in the media, though, it is a very different story.  On Wednesday night, the Chicago Bulls defeated the Atlanta Hawks.  Within hours of the completion […]

Explaining the Memphis Grizzlies

May 3, 2011 by


The following is from Andres Alvarez. Here’s a twitter conversation that lead to today’s post Bouncex3 J. O. Applegate Before the season everyone would say someone like Horford, but Z-Bo is (was) by far the most underrated player in the league. NerdNumbers Andres Alvarez @Bouncex3 I’d say Z-Bo is more surprising. He went from ave->good->great. […]

Chicago and LA Look to Move On, but Dallas Might Surprise

May 2, 2011 by


Now that we know that the Memphis Grizzlies are the greatest team ever, there probably isn’t any point to discussing the rest of the teams who are still participating in the 2011 NBA playoffs.  But just in case Memphis falters… here are the four teams that begin playing in the second round on Monday. Chicago […]