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March 2011

Weekend Podcast with Links

If it’s the weekend, it’s time for another Wages of Wins Network podcast.  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) …

LeBron is Wrong about LaMarcus Aldridge

Here are two non-controversial statements: LaMarcus Aldridge did not play well enough to be an All-Star his first three years in the league [2006-07 to 2008-09]. LaMarcus Aldridge did not play well enough to be an All-Star in 2009-10. This past week, though, LeBron James called LaMarcus Aldridge the “biggest …

How Good are the Nuggets Without Carmelo

The Carmelo Anthony trade has been frequently discussed from the perspective of the Knicks.  But what about the supposed “losers” in the trade?  How did this trade impact the Denver Nuggets? When the trade was announced I offered the following “quick” thoughts on the Nuggets. Denver really should have insisted …

Is Michael Jordan Employing the Cuban Plan?

The Charlotte Bobcats are currently 9th in the Eastern Conference standings.  And since only eight teams make the playoffs, this means the Bobcats are currently scheduled for a date with some lottery balls in May. Although the Bobcats would not be in the playoffs if the season ended today, the …

Deconstructing the Adjusted Plus-Minus Model

Arturo Galletti has written an excellent column detailing the calculations behind adjusted plus-minus (APM). This column explains how this measure is calculated, and in the process, casts further doubt on the validity of this approach.  Below is a comment on Arturo’s post.  Before you read this, please read what Arturo …

Will Mike Bibby Help the Heat?

Mike Bibby’s career in Washington is only going to last two games.  And now he is headed to the Miami Heat. Judging by the comments from the Heat, the addition of Bibby is being met with a fair amount of optimism. “…the Heat’s players were already in a welcoming mood …