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December 2011

Checking in on a Prediction

Economists aren’t known for getting predictions right.  Nevertheless, we keep trying.  My latest prediction – which was revealed in an article by Ron Dicker at Huffington Post – was that television ratings for NBA games this Christmas would exceed the ratings seen for games played on Christmas last year.  This …

Yes, Al Harrington is that bad.

I use the “basic” stats for this post to show how terrible Al Harrington is. That said, the Wins Produced numbers have been saying that for years. Why don’t you check out our Wins Produced numbers for yourself! Some players are terrible. The dangerous players are the terrible players that …

Awesome NBA links

With the season in full swing there’s actually been some pretty cool basketball related blog posts. Mosi Platt(@MIA_Heat_Index) over at the Miami Heat Index has been keeping busy. A blow by blow account of how there won’t be a repeat of last year’s finals. Podcasting about everything you need to …

Toronto will be terrible.

The following post uses the Wins Produced metric. During the long offseason Dave Berri took a little time to tweak it a little. You can find all of the numbers for last decade or so here, as well as a handy tutorial! It’s opening day as I write this, so …

How to judge predictions

Here is something we occasionally hear from time to time: “If your model is so good then predict the next season to prove it!” In the past, members of the WoW network have tried to do just this. But as I will note in the moment, this exercise is mostly …

Are the Lakers still contenders?

The Lakers were blocked on a trade to send them the best player in the league. A backlash from this move was that they lost their second best player for nothing. Now it seems Kobe’s marriage is falling apart and he is also dealing with injuries. The Lakers appear to …

A closer look at Kobe’s clutch

The Lakers questionable moves and Kobe’s possible injury woes this season had some of us looking into the Lakers fate. While I was in the midst of doing research for that I decided to take a closer look at a common theme for Kobe fans: Kobe is clutch and wins …

Dopes about doping #3

The NBA lockout gave me a chance to write about non-NBA topics that I feel strongly about. The other day I wrote the overview and second post in my series about doping; today’s post is the third in the series and covers some arguments against a ban on PEDs.  WADA WADA WADA Like the …