Here are three stories I wanted to bring to everyone’s attention.
1. Tom Sunnergren – at Bleacher Report – has an interesting article on how to end tanking. The title tells the story.
Why that might work? You need to read the article.
2. Speaking of tanking… Drew Cohen alerted me to the following website a few days ago:
As the website indicates, Drew hopes to end tanking via a petition.
As I mentioned to Drew, I have some skepticism regarding this approach. It seems to me that the best protest against “tanking” would be for fans to stop attending the games. But league attendance in 2013-14 seems pretty similar to what we saw in 2012-13 (at least, average per game seems similar). So despite the anger “tanking” causes in some fans, I am not sure the typical fan has demonstrated they care enough to stop giving the NBA their money.
That being said, it is possible a petition could make a difference.
3. Finally, for those interested in “advanced stats”, I very much recommend: RPM and a Problem with “Advanced” Stats. This article – from Andres Alvarez at BoxScoreGeeks – reviews a significant problem with many “advanced” stats. Specifically – unlike Wins Produced – the authors often do not seem inclined to reveal exactly how they arrived at their conclusions. And furthermore – as Arturo Galletti noted three years ago – attempts to re-construct such methods do not reveal a pretty picture.
Speaking of Arturo – it appears he is working on an article on Statistical Adjusted Plus-Minus. Judging by what I have seen so far, this method doesn’t seem to hold up well to scrutiny either.