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November 2007

The Magical Magic and the Ariza Trade

One of the early surprises of the 2007-08 season is the Orlando Magic.  After 12 games the Magic have won ten times (the first team to get to double digits in wins) and currently hold the second best record in the Eastern Conference.  And by handing the Celtics their only …

The Top NBA Trio

Marc Stein of ESPN.com wrote a column this weekend asking where the combination of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen rank in the NBA. Specifically, is there a better trio in The Association?

A Guide to Evaluating Models

One of my tasks this past weekend – beyond watching football and basketball — was to review a paper for the Journal of Sports Economics.  Although I can’t reveal the details of the paper, I can note that this paper was relatively standard in the sports economics literature.  A model …

Choosing the Best Rookie in November

Way back in October the NBA season began.  And here we are, already halfway through November.  So with this much time elapsed, it’s time to determine the NBA’s Rookie of the Year.  I know, what took us so long? Okay, teams haven’t even played 10 games yet.  But David Thorpe …

Starbury Loses His Star

If I understand the story correctly (and that’s a big if) Stephon Marbury decided this week he was not happy coming to work anymore because he didn’t want to come off the bench.  The Knicks responded by taking away his paycheck, which suddenly caused Starbury to come to work.  Given …

Chris Paul vs. Deron Williams, Again

Maurice Brooks (a feature writer at NBA.com) and John Jacobson (an editor at NBA.com) had an on-line debate last week concerning the relative merits of Deron Williams and Chris Paul.  Here is an excerpt from their conversation:  Here is an instant messenger conversation I had with NBA.com editor John Jacobson. …

Are All Scorers Over-Hyped?

The Wages of Wins tells many stories about baseball, football, and basketball.  Of all these stories, though, the one that has received the most attention is that scoring in the NBA is over-valued by decision-makers.  Players like Allen Iverson, Ben Gordon, and Eddy Curry are not as valuable as people …