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February 2011

Weekend Podcast and Many Links for Monday

Weekend Podcast! The link is at http://www.nerdnumbers.com/podcasts/STAT_02_12_2011.mp3 but of course smart readers like you are using the RSS feed at: http://www.nerdnumbers.com/podcasts/stat_feed.xml (Advanced->Subscribe to Podcast in iTunes) The cast of the podcast: Andres Alvarez — http://nerdnumbers.com/ Arturo Galletti – http://arturogalletti.wordpress.com/ Mosi Plott – http://miami-heat-index.blogspot.com/ David Berri – http://dberri.wordpress.com/ The discussion ranged …

Visualizing Pareto

Editor’s Note: About a week ago I posted a story detailing how the Houston Rockets were defying the Pareto Principle.   Teams tend to get between 70% to 80% of their wins from their top three players (i.e. about 80% of wins tend to come from 20% of the team’s roster).  …

Ray Allen vs. Reggie Miller

Tonight Ray Allen hit his 2,561 career three-pointer, breaking the all-time mark by Reggie Miller.  This event led me to wonder, how does Ray Allen compare to Reggie Miller?  In fact, I can imagine people spending some time this evening debating this issue (those some people don’t include me… my …

How the Warriors Stumbled Instead

Jeremy Britton, an SF Bay Area interaction designer at ZURB, fell in love with NBA basketball as a kid while watching Eric “Sleepy” Floyd drop 28 fourth quarter points on the Lakers in front of a bank of TVs at a Bay Area Price Club with dozens of Warrior faithful. …

Why are the Sixers not Awful?

The Philadelphia 76ers declined from 41 wins in 2008-09 to 27 wins in 2009-10.  As Sam Cohen noted last June, given the departure of Andre Miller – and the failure to add any productive players – this decline was expected. Sam went on to note that the primary trade the …

Talking Basketball — and other stuff — with Dre and Mosi

Mosi Platt of the Miami Heat Index, Dre (Andres Alvarez) from Nerd Numbers, and I got together for a podcast this weekend.  Here is the link: http://www.nerdnumbers.com/podcasts/STAT_02_05_2011.mp3 but of course – as Dre always notes — smart readers like you are using the RSS feed at: http://www.nerdnumbers.com/podcasts/stat_feed.xml (Advanced->Subscribe to Podcast …

The All-Star Snubs

Editor’s Note: The following was written by Andres (Dre) Alvarez and originally posted at Nerd Numbers.  In this post, Dre reviews the players who should have – and who should not have – been named to the All-Star game (according to Wins Produced).  In addition to Dre’s discussion of “All-Star …