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October 2006

The LA Times Tells Us That Money Is Not Everything

Greg Johnson of the LA Times states in today’s edition that Seriously, Money Isn’t Everything (the article is free to read, but you do have to register first). Johnson observes that although playoff teams like the Yankees and Mets rank towards the top in baseball’s payroll rankings, other playoff teams …

The Dallas Mavericks in 2005-06

As the following posts indicate, Dirk Nowitzki and The Dallas Mavericks were discussed in some detail last June. Yglesias and the Least Valuable MVP Myth and Measurement after Game Three of the NBA Finals Thoughts After Game Four: The Dallas Mavericks Story Four Thoughts on Game Five Given these previous …

What Wins Produced Says and What it Does Not Say

I posted the following last June.  Unfortunately I made the mistake of giving it the title: What Wins Produced Says and What it Doesn’t Say.   Apparently, you can’t use the word “Doesn’t” in the title.  Now when I link to this story the link won’t work.  So I am re-posting so that in the future when …

Commenting on Gilbertology

Yesterday I completed the analysis of every team in the Eastern Conference with a posting on the Washington Wizards. In the course of reviewing the Wizards in 2005-06 I made what I thought was a fairly obvious observation – Gilbert Arenas is a very good player, but not one of …

The Washington Wizards in 2005-06

An average team will win half its games. Obviously this implies that per 48 minutes the average team wins 0.500 games. Given the nature of basketball, this in turn implies that an average player will produce 0.100 wins per 48 minutes played. So if we observe a team where every …