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June 2009

Detroit Refuses Rondo?

This past week we have seen Cleveland acquire Shaq and Orlando acquire Vince Carter.  We have heard that Amare Stoudemire might be going to Golden State and Yao Ming might be done for awhile (if not forever).  And on top of all this we had the NBA draft. All of …

Quick Thoughts on the 2009 NBA Draft

For the past few weeks (or longer) people have wondered who would get drafted and in what order.  Last night the wondering ceased and we got to see how NBA decision-makers ranked the players – both international and collegiate — who hope to embark on a career in professional basketball.  …

Trading Before the Draft

While NBA fans are intently focused on the NBA draft, the following trades were made. San Antonio Spurs get Richard Jefferson [0.064 WP48 in 2,929 minutes] Milwaukee Bucks get Kurt Thomas [0.183 WP48 in 1,404 minutes], Fabricio Oberto [0.033 WP48 in 677 minutes], and Bruce Bowen [-0.013 WP48 in 1,508 …

Playbooks and Checkbooks

When I first started working in the field of sports economics there were no academic journals devoted to the subject, no textbooks, and national meetings for people in the field had just started.  About 15 years later, we now have two journals devoted to the subject (Journal of Sports Economics …

Winning the TrueHoop Stat Geek Smackdown

Very early on Monday morning Henry Abbott – of TrueHoop – posted the following: Congratulations, David Berri June 15, 2009 1:29 AM Champion of the 2009 TrueHoop Stat Geek Smackdown. Berri, the lead author of the Wages of Wins, beat ESPN’s John Hollinger by seven points. Hollinger picked every series …

Superstar Search in the NBA Draft

Here is an interesting factoid about the NBA Finals.  Since 1978 (the first year we can calculate Wins Produced) no team has won an NBA title without one regular player (minimum 41 games played, 24.0 minutes per game) posting at least a 0.200 WP48 [Wins Produced per 48 minutes].  Only …

Evaluating Jordan Hill

Once again it is time for the NBA draft, that wonderful time of the year where we discover that there are suddenly an abundance of future stars just waiting to join your favorite NBA team. Looking Back at 2008 To see this point, here is what Chad Ford – the …