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July 2009

Beasley or Boozer?

A few days ago John Hollinger of ESPN.com made the following observations (Insider Access Required): 1. Michael Beasley averaged 22.4 points per 40 minutes with a 17.29 PER. 2. This is the same PER Boozer recorded.  3. Therefore, “upgrading from Beasley to Boozer has no impact whatsover. None. Zero.” 4. …

The Underrated in 2008-09

Who is the most “underrated” player in the NBA?  As I noted a few days ago, the answer to such a question requires two perspectives.  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 …

Who was the Most Overrated in 2008-09?

Dictionary.com tells us that the word “overrated” means: to rate or appraise too highly; overestimate The word “high” is a relative term.  To argue that something is “too high” or “too low” requires a reference point.  Actually, to be precise, you need two points of reference.  For example, batting average …

Motivating Morrison

A few days ago the following story from Lisa Dillman appeared in the L.A. Times: “Adam Morrison rides a hot hand in Las Vegas.” Reading the reviews might have been the first mistake for the Lakers’ Adam Morrison. “I had a lot of criticism after my first year,” Morrison said …

Are the Cavaliers Better?

The Cleveland Cavaliers were the best team in the NBA in 2008-09.  At least, that’s what you would conclude if you looked at efficiency differential (offensive efficiency minus defensive efficiency) or Wins Produced during the 2008-09 regular season.   If you look at the smaller sample from the post-season, you would …

The Magic and Pistons Go Different Directions

The Detroit Pistons defeated the Orlando Magic in the 2008 Eastern Conference Semifinals.  Since this victory, each team has gone in very different directions.  The Magic advanced to the NBA Finals in 2009, and given the moves made this summer (moves I will discuss in a moment) should be even …

The Reasons to Sign Iverson

Adrian Wojnarowski  — of Yahoo! Sports – is reporting that the LA Clippers are interested in signing Allen Iverson.   Why would The Answer be the answer for the Clippers?  Here is what Wojnarowski said: The answer is as simple as it’s flawed: box office over basketball. The worst owner in …

Should Kuester Rent or Buy?

Judging by the reaction to my last post, if you tell fans of a team that there is little hope more than three months before the season even starts, those fans are going to become unhappy.  Unfortunately, the story I told about the Raptors is not unique. And to illustrate …

Dashing Hope in Toronto

There are 29 cities who currently host at least one NBA team.  Of these, only 15 have ever witnessed an NBA title.   And if we focus on life in the NBA since 1980, we see only eight teams winning an NBA title (Lakers, Celtics, 76ers, Pistons, Bulls, Rockets, Spurs, and …

An Interesting Path Back To Contention for the Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks finished the 2008-09 season with a 2.1 efficiency differential (offensive efficiency minus defensive efficiency).  Although such a mark surpasses anything done by the Clippers in their time in Los Angeles (or San Diego or Buffalo), it was the worst performance by the Mavericks since the 1999-00 season.  …