NBA Analysis: 2006 to the Present

Since 2006,  each NBA team’s performance was reviewed during the summer after the season ended.  Initially these posts were collected on separate pages.  But in the interest of saving space — and eliminating the need to click from page to page to see how the story of a team changed across time — these posts and tables have all been assembled here.  One should note, all of the reviews from 2006 to 2009 were written by Dave Berri.  Going forward — as one can see — most team reviews will be written by people who have graciously volunteered their time and energy to write these stories.  

If one goes to the end of these team reviews, one will find much of the analysis of the NBA Draft that has been offered in this forum.  Many of these stories were written by Erich Doerr. 

NBA TEAM REVIEWS: 2009-10

During the summer and fall of 2010, the 2009-10 season was reviewed.  For the most part, these reviews were written by people who have volunteered to analzye a team from the perspective of Wins Produced (and the research reported in The Wages of Wins and Stumbling on Wins).  Many of these stories began with a brief biography of the author, and then moved on to their analysis of 2009-10 (and often, a look ahead to the next season).

Atlanta Hawks: Andres Alvarez Reviews the Atlanta Hawks and LA Clippers Andres Alvarez 

Boston Celtics: 35, 34, 33, 32! How about Powe& House? Nicholas Yee

Charlotte Bobcats: The Charlotte Bobcats Have Trouble Letting Go David Berri

Chicago Bulls: A mission from God (The Bulls 2011 Team Preview)Arturo Galletti and What Carmelo Anthony Might Have Cost the Bulls (besides money)David Berri

Cleveland Cavaliers: Major League (A Cleveland Cavaliers Team Preview)Arturo Galletti

Dallas Mavericks: Review and Preview of the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio SpursAndres Alvarez

Denver Nuggets: Does the Wizard have Melo’s Help and Karl’s Leadership? Andres Alvarez

Detroit Pistons: Were the Pistons Decimated by Injuries Last Season?David Berri and Benjamin Gulker

Golden State Warriors: Warriors Stumble On 50 Wins?Jeremy Britton

Indiana Pacers: A New Hope in Indiana?Ian Levy

Houston Rockets: More of the Same in HoustonGreg Steele

LA Clippers: Andres Alvarez Reviews the Atlanta Hawks and LA Clippers Andres Alvarez

Los Angeles Lakers: Is LA still the team to beat?Chris Sabanty

Memphis Grizzlies: Reviewing the Memphis Grizzlies in 2009-10: A Deceptive Step Forward?Jamie Vann Struth

Miami Heat: How Does the Injury to Mike Miller Impact the Heat? Arturo Galletti

Milwaukee Bucks: Fear the Deer? and Forecasting the NBADavid Berri

Minnesota Timberwolves: Minnesota Discovers it Needs More than LovePatrick Minton

New Jersey Nets: Can the Nets Make the Playoffs in 2011? David Berri

New York Knicks: Empire State of Mind: Not quite the BlueprintArturo Galletti

New Orleans Hornets: Can Chris Paul Win in the Big Easy? Arturo Galletti

Oklahoma City Thunder: How the Thunder Charged Forward (and How the Charge can Continue)James Brocato

Orlando Magic: Is there another dominant team in Florida? Andrez Alvarez

Philadelphia 76ers: Trading away your second most productive player when you lose?Sam Cohen and David Berri of “Wages of Wins” Talks 76ers Tom Sunnergren

Phoenix Suns: 1 on 1 with David Berri: Part 1 (an question and answer posted at Valley of the Suns) Michael Schwartz and David Berri

Portland Trail Blazers: Can the Blazers Move from Promise to the Promise Land?Burzin Daruwala

Sacramento Kings: The Trade of the Century?Mike Madden

San Antonio Spurs: Review and Preview of the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio SpursAndres Alvarez

 Toronto Raptors: Can Toronto Overcome the Loss of Chris Bosh?Devin Dignam and Raptors HQ Talks with “The Wages of Wins” David Berri

 Utah Jazz: Al Jefferson and Diminishing ReturnsDavid Berri 

Washington Wizards: John Wall, Derrick Rose, and the State of the WizardsRobbie O’Malley

NBA TEAM REVIEWS: 2008-09

During the summer of 2009, the 2008-09 NBA season was reviewed for each team.  What follows are links to the tables reporting the Wins Produced and WP48 for each player employed by each team that has been reviewed (on the left), as well as a link to the story where the table was initially posted (on the right).

Team Reviews

Atlanta Hawks: Hope for a Plan in Atlanta, Critiquing the Plan in Atlanta

Boston Celtics: KG and Boston Try One More Time

Charlotte Bobcats: Is this the Year a Charlotte Basketball Team – and MJ – Return to the Playoffs?

Chicago Bulls: Chicago Hope

Cleveland Cavaliers: Is a Championship Parade in the Future of Cleveland?, Are the Cavaliers Better?

Dallas Mavericks: Dallas is Now Better than the 2005-06 Mavericks?, An Interesting Path Back to Contention for the Mavericks

Denver Nuggets: Denver Tries to Repeat to Repeat

Detroit Pistons: Showing that Criticism is not Equal to Hate, Should Kuester Rent or Buy?; The Magic and Pistons Go Different Directions

Golden State Warriors: Stephen Jackson Wants a Better Team, What if Don Nelson Embraced Tradition?

Houston Rockets: Is Houston Destined for the Lottery, Does Houston Really Have that Big of a Problem?

Indiana Pacers: The Inconsistent Troy Murphy and the Consistent Pacers

LA Clippers: The Best Clipper Team Ever?

Los Angeles Lakers: Should We Expect the Lakers to Repeat?

Memphis Grizzlies: The Memphis Lions Try and Roar

Miami Heat: Miami Fails to Build on Flash, Beasley or Boozer?

Milwaukee Bucks: Revising Expectations Upwards in Milwaukee

Minnesota Timberwolves: Minnesota Defies Pareto, Did Minnesota Hire the Right Rambis?

New York Knicks: The Knicks Lost Season

New Jersey Nets: The Historical Nets Return

New Orleans Hornets: Is This the Beginning of the Tragedy of Chris Paul?

Oklahoma City Thunder: The Differing Stories on Durant – and a Brief Thunder Review

Orlando Magic: What About Orlando?, The Magic and Pistons Go Different Directions

Philadelphia 76ers: No Longer Miller Time in Philadelphia

Portland Trail Blazers: Portland Misses and Misses and… Wins Again, Portland Misses and Misses and…Wins?

Phoenix Suns: Once Upon a Time in Phoenix

Sacramento Kings: Will the Kings be Crowned the Worst Team in 2009-10?

San Antonio Spurs: The Contending Spurs Fail to Miss Blair

Utah Jazz: The Jazz the Play the Same Tune

Toronto Raptors: Can Toronto Build a Winner Around Bosh?, Dashing Hope in Toronto

Washington Wizards: Are the Wizards one of the ten best teams in the NBA?

League Analysis

The following links are best described as league analysis for the 2008-09 season.  In these tables and columns are discussions of regular season awards and team rankings.

The Underrated in 2008-09

Who was the Most Overrated in 2008-09?

The Underpaid and Overpaid in 2008-09: The Underpaid; the Overpaid

The WoW All-NBA Teams: Top 15 at Each Position in 2008-09

The MVP on Each Team: The Most Productive Player on Each Team in 2008-09

The Bottom 10% and One Big Reason Why the Celtics are Having Problems: The Bottom 10% in 2008-09

An Award for Joel Przybilla?: Candidate for 6th Man of the Year

 

NBA TEAM REVIEWS: 2007-08

During the summer of 2008, the 2007-08 NBA season was reviewed for each team.  What follows are links to the tables reporting the Wins Produced and WP48 for each player employed by each team that has been reviewed (on the left), as well as a link to the story where the table was initially posted (on the right).

The Atlanta Hawks [2007-08] So How Much did Atlanta Improve?

The Boston Celtics [2007-08] The Miles File

The Charlotte Bobcats [2007-08] Okafor Finally Signs

The Chicago Bulls [2007-08] Knowing is Only Half the Battle in Chicago

The Cleveland Cavaliers [2007-08] Building a Winner in Cleveland?

The Dallas Mavericks [2007-08] Jason Kidd Really Did Help the Mavericks

The Denver Nuggets [2007-08] A Zen-Like Vision for Denver

The Detroit Pistons [2007-08] Maybe Flip Saunders is a Good Coach

The Golden State Warriors [2007-08] The Best Failure Ever?

The Houston Rockets [2007-08] Artest the Savior?

The Indiana Pacers [2007-08] Predicting the Pacers

The LA Clippers [2007-08] The Clippers Continue to Meet Expectations

The LA Lakers [2007-08] Beat LA? Dream On

The Memphis Grizzlies [2007-08] The Memphis Mirage

The Miami Heat [2007-08] The Winner Within Miami

The Milwaukee Bucks [2007-08] At Least We Have the Bucks

The Minnesota Timberwolves [2007-08] Is Minnesota the Worst NBA Franchise in the History of the League?

The New Jersey Nets  [2007-08] Richard Jefferson and the Decline of the New Jersey Nets

The New York Knicks [2007-08] Managing Expectations in New York

The New Orleans Hornets [2007-08] Trainer of the Year?

The Orlando Magic [2007-08] The Magic Man in Orlando

The Philadelphia 76ers [2007-08] The Brand Value

The Phoenix Suns [2007-08] The Setting Suns

The Portland Trail Blazers [2007-08] Portland Hope

The Sacramento Kings [2007-08] Artest the Savior?

The San Antonio Spurs [2007-08] Will the Spurs Win in 2009?

The Seattle Super Sonics [2007-08] Spoiling the Fun in Milwaukee and Oklahoma

The Toronto Raptors [2007-08] The Other Side of the Indiana-Toronto Trade

The Utah Jazz [2007-08] Note to the Media — One of the Best Teams in the NBA is in Utah

The Washington Wizards [2007-08] Losing and Gaining Hope in Washington

League Analysis

The following links are best described as league analysis for the 2007-08 season.  In these tables and columns are discussions of regular season awards and team rankings.

Efficiency Differential for the NBA  [2007-08] The Best Celtics Team in History

2007-08 Distortion Score Rankings [2007-08]Does George Karl Not Understand Game Pace? and Introducing Distortion Score

The Top 15 Point Guards  [2007-08] The Top 15 at Each Position

The Top 15 Shooting Guards  [2007-08] The Top 15 at Each Position

The Top 15 Small Forwards  [2007-08] The Top 15 at Each Position

The Top 15 Power Forwards  [2007-08] The Top 15 at Each Position

The Top 15 Centers  [2007-08] The Top 15 at Each Position

Evaluating the Candidates for MVP and All-NBA [2007-08] Evaluating the Sportswriters Choices for MVP and All-NBA

The Most Improved Player  [2007-08] Monta Ellis This Time and Not LaMarcus Aldridge

The 2008 All-Rookie Team [2007-08] The Second Rookies Trump the First

The Most Overpaid [2007-08] The Most Overpaid in the NBA in 2007-08

The Most Underpaid [2007-08] What Do Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, and Tim Duncan have in Common?

Who is the Most Overrated in 2007-08

The Underrated in 2007-08

Ranking the Unrestricted Free Agents [2007-08] Shopping for Unrestricted Free Agents

The Top Trios [2007-08] Pareto Prediction and the Top Trios in 2007-08

 

NBA TEAM REVIEWS: 2006-07

Each NBA team’s performance in 2006-07 has now been reviewed. What follows are links to the tables reporting the Wins Produced and WP48 for each player employed (on the left), as well as a link to the story where the table was initially posted (on the right). Additionally there are links to various posts that can best be described as league analysis.

The Atlanta Hawks (2005-06 and 2006-07)Doing the Same Thing in Atlanta?

The Boston Celtics (2005-06 and 2006-07) The Missing Tables

The Charlotte Bobcats (2005-06 and 2006-07) MJ Makes Some Moves

The Chicago Bulls (2005-06 and 2006-07) The Return of the Bulls

The Cleveland Cavaliers (2007 NBA Playoffs) Final Thoughts on the NBA Finals

The Cleveland Cavaliers (2005-06 and 2006-07) The Next Jordan?

The Dallas Mavericks (2005-06 and 2006-07) The Mark Cuban Era in Dallas

The Detroit Pistons (2005-06 and 2006-07) Are the Pistons Becoming Less Interesting?

The Denver Nuggets (2005-06 and 2006-07) Misplacing the Best in Denver

The Golden State Warriors (2006-07) The Missing Tables

The Houston Rockets (2005-06 and 2006-07) The Rising Rockets

The Indiana Pacers (2005-06 and 2006-07) Predicting Unhappiness for Jermaine O’Neal

The Los Angeles Clippers (2005-06 and 2006-07) Blaming Chris Kaman

The Los Angeles Lakers (2005-06 and 2006-07) Kobe Bryant is Unhappy

The Memphis Grizzlies (2005-06 and 2006-07) Walking in Memphis Back to the Playoffs

The Miami Heat (2005-06 and 2006-07) Miami Parties Like Its 1999

The Minnesota Timberwolves (2005-06 and 2006-07) George Costanza, Danny Ainge, and Are the Timberwolves Better off Without Garnett?

The Milwaukee Bucks (2005-06 and 2006-07) The Least Interesting Team in the NBA

The New Jersey Nets (2005-06 and 2006-07) The Nets Surrender

The New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets (2005-06 and 2006-07) Defending Chris Paul

The New York Knicks (2005-06 and 2006-07) Rewarding David Lee

The New York Knicks (2006-07) Is There a Lesson Being Learned in New York?

The Orlando Magic (2005-06 and 2006-07) The Missing Tables

The Philadelphia 76ers (2005-06 and 2006-07) After the Answer

The Phoenix Suns (2005-06 and 2006-07) The Best Suns Team

The Portland Trail Blazers (2005-06 and 2006-07) Searching for Greatness in Portland

The Sacramento Kings (2005-06 and 2006-07) The Return of the Kings

The San Antonio Spurs (2007 NBA Playoffs) Final Thoughts on the NBA Finals

The San Antonio Spurs (2005-06 and 2006-07) The Next Jordan?

The Seattle SuperSonics (2005-06 and 2006-07) Connecting Seattle Past to Seattle Present

The Toronto Raptors (2005-06 and 2006-07) The Value of WoW

The Utah Jazz (2005-06 and 2006-07) Defending Chris Paul

The Washington Wizards (2005-06 and 2006-07) The Washington Wizards – The Anti-Nets

League Analysis

Efficiency Differential for the NBA (2006-07) Some Nice Things I’ve Missed – NBA Playoff Edition

Most Valuable Player (2006-07) (Talking Boston and Memphis Fans Off the Ledge)

Most Improved Player (2006-07) (Not Monta Ellis)

Rookie of the Year and All-Rookie Teams (2006-07) (Rondo for ROY)

NBA Team Reviews: 2005-06

What follows are the reviews of each team offered during the summer of 2006. These were the first team reviews offered in this forum.

Atlanta Hawks

Boston Celtics

Charlotte Bobcats

Chicago Bulls

Cleveland Cavaliers

Detroit Pistons

Indiana Pacers

Miami Heat

Milwaukee Bucks

New Jersey Nets

New York Knicks

Orlando Magic

Philadelphia 76ers

Toronto Raptors

Washington Wizards

Dallas Mavericks

Denver Nuggets

Golden State Warriors

Houston Rockets

Los Angeles Clippers

Los Angeles Lakers

Memphis Grizzlies

Minnesota Timberwolves

New Orleans Hornets

Phoenix Suns

Portland Trail Blazers

Sacramento Kings

San Antonio Spurs

Seattle SuperSonics

Utah Jazz

 

The NBA Draft

Here are links to the analysis of recent – and not so recent – NBA Drafts.  Below you will find the tables reporting the career performance of the players drafted, as well as a discussion of the stories the numbers are telling.

The 2007 Draft (College performance of drafted players) Looking Back at the NBA Draft – Part Two

The 2006 Draft (All Rookies with 500 minutes played) Looking Back at the NBA Draft – Part One

The 1995 Draft (First Round and Second Round) Looking Back at the 1995 Draft

The 1994 Draft (First Round) Looking Back at the 1994 Draft

The 1993 Draft (First Round) Looking Back at the 1993 Draft

The 1992 Draft (First and Second Round) Looking Back at the 1992 Draft

The 1991 Draft (First and Second Round) Looking Back at the 1991 Draft

Erich Doerr has also offered analysis of the 2007 and 2008 NBA Drafts.  Here are links to his posts:

Win Scores 2008 NBA Draft Recap (at DraftExpress)

2008 Win Scores NBA Draft Preview (at DraftExpress)

The 2008 NBA Draft Preview

2007 NBA Draft Preview – One Year Later

Sweet Sixteen – An NCAA Tournament Update

An Instant Analysis of the NCAA Tournament

An Early Look at the 2008 NBA Draft

Win Score and the NBA Draft

 

 

 

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