Welcome to the weekend edition of the Wages of Wins Podcast
- Brought to you by “Small Sample Sizes”. They don’t prove anything but are a lot of fun if you want to make bold assumptions that can’t be verified.
Super Stat Team Assemble!
- Andres Alvarez of NerdNumbers.com
- David Berri of the Wages of Wins Journal
- Mosi Platt of the Miami Heat Index
- with a last second addition of Arturo of Arturo’s Silly Little Stats
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- Dave Berri is an active participant in the Truehoop Stat Smackdown. He’s put his money on Chicago winning and his fate as a stat expert is tied to this.
- Mosi Platt in the Wages of Wins Smackdown has put his money on Miami and Oklahoma.
The Miami Heat
- Mosi Platt predicted 75 Wins for this Team. Dave Berri says that with their current playoff line up, that wouldn’t have been far off.
- Turns out Miller and Haslem matter!
- Arturo actually said Miller mattered way back.
The following table illustrates how good the Heat would have been in 2010-11 had they played the players we have seen in Games 2 and 3. As one can see, with Miller and Haslem playing, the Heat are a 75 win team (and clearly the favorites to win the NBA title).
The Chicago Bulls
- Charles Barkley calls the Chicago Defense great. Mosi points out this isn’t exactly true.
- Dave talks how in terms of players they’ve signed the Bulls look good for a while. Andres and Mosi question if the team will keep the right pieces.
Scoring, Role Players and “Playoff Mode”
- Dave’s pointed out that losing your top scorer is not always the end of the world. The fine folks at Basketball-Reference agree (based on your interpretation)
- Does a good playoff series make you the greatest of all time?
- Kobe’s had some bad playoff games. Although the one Mosi brought up didn’t look so terrible (well at least if you just look at Kobe)
Management and Optimism for Next Season
- Can anyone in Toronto really be optimistic?
- Has management in Memphis improved? And do they actually know what they’re doing?
- Mosi says Abbott’s said management doesn’t like listening to their medical staff. A shame OKC decided to.
- Dave tries to be optimistic for Detroit. A good point he makes is that it is really hard in the NBA for a team to get rid of bad players. Even an amnesty clause would likely not stop bad management.
- Arturo tried to be optimistic for Boston. Dave brings up some evidence why that may not be easy to do.
- Mosi said Boston is trying to get more athletic. Ty at the Courtside Analyst explains what that really means.
- Despite claims to the contrary, I am actually a big Kareem fan.
- “On the Shoulders of Giants” is a great film by Kareem that is available if you have Netflix.