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December 2007

Boston, Brady, and Brian Burke

The Boston Red Sox won the World Series.  The Boston Celtics currently have the best record in the NBA, and perhaps the best efficiency differential in NBA history.  And now the New England Patriots are undefeated.   Could there be a happier city than Boston right now?  Could there be anything …

The Best in the NBA

Before the season started I predicted that the Boston Celtics would defeat the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals.  This prediction was motivated by two issues. 1. My forecast – which required that I guess how many minutes each player would play – indicated that Celtics were clearly the …

Houston Still Has a Problem

The writer’s strike has meant that we have had to learn to live with re-runs.  Consistent with the current state of television, the WoW Journal is also repeating its programming.  About a month ago I posted the following on the Rockets struggles this season. The Houston Rockets Fail to Launch This …

The Lakers are Contenders Again

At the onset of the season the Phoenix Suns were considered contenders for the NBA title.  On Christmas Day the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Suns, and suddenly there’s talk that Phil Jackson, Kobe Bryant, and company are once again among the NBA elite. One might suspect that because this …

Reviewing Every Player on Every Team

Over the past few weeks I have reported the Wins Produced and WP48 [Wins Produced per 48 minutes] of every player in each division.  Although I am sure it’s fun to look through six different columns searching for this or that player, I thought I would save everyone such effort …

Reviewing the Pacific Division

It’s Christmas Eve (Merry Christmas to anyone who is reading this) and I would like to get this posted before Santa Clause comes.  So here is the Pacific division, the last division to be reviewed (previously I reviewed the Atlantic, Central, Southeast, Northwest, and Southwest). Wins and Efficiency Differential As …

A New Review of The Wages of Wins

It’s been quite awhile since a new review of our book has been written. In fact, I honestly didn’t expect to see anymore. Nevertheless, here’s a review from Jeff Fox at collegehoopsnet . Numbers don’t lie.  So when the authors of The Wages of Wins write that Dean Garrett was …

The Missing MVP

Last year the Dallas Mavericks won 67 games and appeared poised to win the first NBA championship in franchise history.  And then Dallas met the Golden State Warriors in the first round and a different kind of history was made. In the off-season the Mavericks made very few changes, returning …