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March 2008

The Fourth Best Team in the Eastern Conference

The top three teams in the Eastern Conference – whether we look at won-loss record or efficiency differential (offensive efficiency minus defensive efficiency) – are the Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons, and Orlando Magic.  But who is number four? The top nine teams in the Western Conference – again, whether we …

Kobe for MVP?

Apparently there are many candidates for MVP, but two front-runners.  Some people favor LeBron James.  Others insist on Kobe Bryant.   What do these two candidates have in common?  Each are currently ranked first and second in the points scored per game rankings (MVP voting is about more than scoring, but …

Early Returns on the Jason Kidd Trade

A few weeks ago the Dallas Mavericks traded for Jason Kidd.  At the time, this move seemed somewhat desperate.  Yes, Kidd is one of the most productive players in the game.  But at 35 years of age, he seems to be closing in on the end of his career (although …

Sports Economists Getting Press

Darren Everson of the Wall Street Journal asked the question: Is Joe Torre Worth the Money?  At the end of this article is the following: “I think managers are a bit overrated in terms of the impact that they have on their players,” says J.C. Bradbury, an economist and associate …

The Myth of the Declining NBA

Is the NBA becoming a niche sport?  A few days ago, this question was debated at Ball Hype by Dan Shanoff and Tom Ziller. Shanoff –of DanShanoff.com and The Sporting Blog — took the position that the NBA is fading in popularity.  Ziller — of NBA FanHouse and Sactown Royalty …

The Greatness of Chris Webber

Chris Webber announced his retirement this week.  And almost immediately we were treated to a couple of articles reviewing C-Webb’s career and wondering “what might have been?” Webber never won when it mattered most [Johnny Ludden, Yahoo! Sports] Webber’s career path full of promise and pain [ J.A. Adande, ESPN.com] …

David Aldridge and the Wages of Wins

The following sentence appeared in an article by David Aldridge in the Philadelphia Inquirer today: The highly regarded Wages of Wins Web site, which uses statistical analysis to grade NBA players, rated Dalembert an all-star, finding he “produced” 5.9 wins for the 76ers the first half of the season. The …

Horford Also Tops Durant in March

Nine months ago the race for the 2008 Rookie of the Year award had two candidates.  Greg Oden and Kevin Durant, the top two picks in the 2007 NBA Draft, were clearly the front-runners.  And based on the college numbers of each player, both were deserving candidates. Last summer, though, …

FireTheGM.com

Today’s post is going to start with a quiz.  See if you can answer the following questions about the NBA. 1. Who is the leading scorer on each NBA team? 2. Who is the head coach on each NBA team? 3. Who is the general manager on each NBA team? …

Sweet Sixteen – An NCAA Tournament Update

The following is another guest post from WoW Journal reader Erich Doerr. Erich used the Win Score metric to investigate the top prospects for the 2007 NBA Draft. He also provided similar analysis in a first glance at the 2008 draft.  In this post, Erich updates his analysis (posted before …