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May 2008

Shopping for Unrestricted Free Agents

Teams often turn to the NBA draft to change their fortunes.  A few days ago, Erich Doerr provided a wonderful analysis of how much talent teams will find at the end of this June. Although there does appear to be some players who can help next year, it’s important to …

The 2008 NBA Draft Preview

Today’s guest post is by Erich Doerr .  Erich first contacted me prior to the 2006 NBA Draft with a statistical preview in hand.  Each subsequent year has seen improvement in the depth and breadth of his analysis. This post continues the WoW Journal’s 2008 NBA Draft coverage. Outside of …

Nyhan Wonders About a Selig Quote

Brendan Nyhan – of Brendan-Nyhan.com – asked me (via e-mail) to look at the following quote from Major League Baseball commissioner, Bud Selig. “…. I think we have more parity than any [sport].” The partial quote appears in an article by Tom Verducci (The Bizarro Superman) examining the level of …

Monday Playoff Thoughts

Here are some less than serious thoughts NBA playoff thoughts for a Monday: Imagine that both the Spurs and the Pistons knew before this current round began that after three games of the conference finals each would be down 2-1.  Knowing this would these teams rather – have won the …

The Underrated in 2007-08

Who is the most “underrated” player in the NBA?  As I noted a few days ago, the answer to this question requires two metrics.  The first metric should capture popular perception.  The second should approximate reality.  Of course, to make such an argument you have to argue that your reality …

News and News and News

Today is all about announcements.  We have news from Stacey Brook (co-author of The Wages of Wins), Andrew Feinstein (co-author of Girls&Sports and Opening Lines, Pinky Probes, and L-Bombs , and John W. Davis and Deven Khrucell of Pistonscast.  Two big Stacey Brook announcements. First, after eleven years at the …

Competitive Imbalance Continues in the NBA

The following NBA cities have never hosted an NBA championship parade: Atlanta, Charlotte, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, East Rutherford (New Jersey), Indianapolis, Memphis, New Orleans, Orlando, Phoenix, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, and Toronto.  In all, of the 29 cities hosting a team, 14 – or 48.3% — have never won a …