On Friday the cast was as follows:
- Mosi Platt from the Miami Heat Index
- Devin Dignam from Nbeh?
- Arturo Galletti from Arturo’s Amazing Stats
- and me (from this forum)
And here are the topics (and corresponding links) we discussed:
Small Markets vs. Super Teams
- Dre Alvarez on the history behind such moves
- David Stern seems okay with stars moving out of small markets (and I am not sure we disagreed)
- For more on the competitive balance and the short supply of tall people, see The Wages of Wins [or this post from 2008].
March Madness and the NBA Draft
- Ty Willihnganz had two great posts recently on the NBA Draft. First is a post on the weak correlation between scoring in college and the NBA. Then he looked back on the 2010 lottery picks. Both note how hard it is to forecast from college to the pros in the NBA (although not as hard as it appears to be in the NFL).
- In addition, we discussed the benefit of trying to improve draft position by losing games (an issue discussed by Devin - in Champions and Drafted Players — and in this forum HERE).
Arturo has also written extensively on this topic. Here are some of his posts on the NBA Draft.
- Value of a Draft Pick and Changing Value in the NBA draft
- Ranking Thirty Years of Draft Picks
- and the very important: Build me a Winner (rev. 1.1)
We also discussed the 2011 draft. DraftExpress reports each player’s Win Score. In evaluating these Win Score numbers, keep in mind the average performance at each position (average of player drafted out of college in recent seasons):
- Point Guard: 7.40
- Shooting Guard: 8.40
- Small Forward: 9.95
- Power Forward: 12.59
- Center: 12.32
As one can see, Kenneth Faried is well above average (at whatever position he plays).
Our last topic of conversation was the NFL labor dispute.
This discussion began with an article written in the Washington Post (which quotes some professor from Southern Utah University). It is my hope to write more on this topic in the next few days.