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January 2008

Every Player at Halftime of the 2007-08 Season

Reviewing Every Player on Every Team was a post offered last month.  This column reported every player’s WP48 [Wins Produced per 48 minutes] and Wins Produced somewhere around the quarter-pole of the season.  On Tuesday night, the Atlanta Hawks finally played their 41st game.  So now every team has reached …

Who is the Raptors’ true MVP?

TSN.ca (Canada’s Sports Leader) posted the following story on their website last night: Who is the Raptors’ true MVP? [hat tip to Steven Trainor] The story draws upon The Wages of Wins and the WoW Journal.  And it also reports part of a table (analyzing the Raptors at the midpoint …

An Early Look at the 2008 NBA Draft

The following is a guest post from WoW Journal reader Erich Doerr. Erich used the Win Score metric to investigate the top prospects for the 2007 NBA Draft. And now he is back with a first look at some of the prospects for the 2008 draft. Although the Win Score …

The NFL Playoffs and Steroids in Baseball

For the past few weeks I have been posting less and working on the second book more (really).  In the middle of Saturday afternoon, though, I posted a comment on Andray Blatche.  And on Sunday morning I am here commenting on the NFL playoffs (and steroids in baseball).  So what’s …

The Rise of Andray Blatche?

On Wednesday we officially reached the mid-point of the NBA season.  As each team has reached its own midpoint, I have been downloading the team’s data from NBA.com.  And after the Hawks cross the halfway point next Tuesday, I will be able to complete my mid-season data base.  With data …

Pledging Allegiance to the Brooklyn Nets?

Imagine you are a resident of New York who wishes to pledge allegiance to an NBA team. Naturally your thoughts turn to the home town Knicks.  Unfortunately, the Knicks don’t exactly inspire allegiance. Currently their record stands at 13-28, one of the worst marks in the league. And if you …

Praising Nazr Mohammed

On December 14 the Charlotte Bobcats sent Walter Herrmann and Primoz Brezec to the Detroit Pistons for Nazr Mohammed.  At that time, none of these players was averaging more than 14 minutes per game for their respective teams.  Consequently, this trade didn’t create much of a stir among NBA observers. …

The Third Way of Bryan Colangelo

Traditionally there are two ways to build an NBA playoff contender.  You can acquire new NBA talent in the draft.  Or you can acquire existing NBA talent via free agency and trades.  Colangelo’s Third Way Apparently, tradition only applies to teams located in the United States.  The lone team north …