Thanks to some prodding from Chris Yeh (@chrisyeh) of Adventures in Capitalism the Wages of Wins Network podcast is back! To mark this occasion I decided it would be a good idea to have Chris on himself to talk Jeremy Lin and other things NBA. Sorry about the volume difference. I’ll work on it for next time.
- Chris wrote a great piece: Jeremy Lin, Women in VC, and the Bigotry of Pattern Matching that pointed out Jeremy Lin was not in fact a surprise.
- Another stereotype for NBA players is height.
- Another problem with stereotyping is things like Flynnsanity.
- “Monta Ellis is the classic example of believing your eyes instead of the statistics“
- Kwame Brown is overrated but Chris still found a few nice things to say about him.
- My cats decide to make a cameo.
- Mark Cuban has said he likes plus-minus stats but his title moves smacked of Wins Produced.
- We agree Nash defied the odds and ignores aging.
- The Mavs passed on a 30 year old Steve Nash for $10 mill a year to sign a 30 year old Jerry Stackhouse for $8 mill a year.
- Chris thinks that if smart GMs get more in fashion we’ll see a shift in the NBA.
- To create a shot you just need to send the ball at the hoop and not have it caught by an opponent.
- Magic Johnson the “god of advanced statistics“
- Can chemistry make a difference on teams? Arturo has said so before. There was a cool paper at Sloan on this too.
This was a lot of fun and you can thank Chris for convincing me to start up again. My plan is to do a podcast every Wednesday night. Keep your ears open! Also if you want even more podcasts from great stats minds don’t forget that Mosi Platt (@MIA_Heat_Index) and Alfredo Arteaga (@UptownReport) do their weekly Heatcast at the Miami Heat Index.