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The Boston Celtics in 2005-06

Paul Pierce is a good player.  Okay, he is a great player.  In 2005-06 he produced 17.3 wins, which ranked 12th in the NBA.  And last year was not a fluke.  Pierce has already produced more than 100 wins in his career and has never posted a level of productivity …

Al Harrington Finally Signs

The Al Harrington free agent story, which I discussed previously HERE and HERE, has finally come to a close.  According to ESPN, Harrington has signed a four year contract worth $35.3 million.   Towards the end of the ESPN story was the following paragraph:   “Atlanta’s reluctance to deal with the …

Knowledge and the Wealth of Nations

Amazon.com often pairs a book with another it thinks readers might enjoy.  For The Wages of Wins, the pairing is often Dean Oliver’s Basketball on Paper.  Oliver’s book is quite good and well worth reading.  This post, though, is not about Oliver’s book.  I recently read another book that Amazon.com …

The Atlanta Hawks in 2005-06

The Hawks last year won 26 games. When a team performs this badly it generally indicates that much of its roster is filled with below average performers. And when we look at the Hawks in 2005-06 — which you can see HERE — we see that this is basically true. …

Reviewing the NBA in 2005-06

A few people have asked to see Wins Produced for every player in the NBA this past season.  Although I could post this all at once, I thought it would be interesting to devote one entry to each NBA team. Every few days between now and the start of the …

Chris Wilcox is Like Drew Gooden?

Last week Drew Gooden and Chris Wilcox each signed three year contracts for quite similar amounts.  Gooden will receive a reported $23 million over the next three seasons while Wilcox will earn a reported $24 million.  So the market has spoken and apparently these two players are considered nearly equivalent …

Posting Technical Notes

In the book we promised to post some of the technical details behind our analysis.  So far we have failed to live up to this promise.  This is primarily because we are lazy and frankly did not think too many people were that interested.  But apparently some people do wish …

Al Harrington is Like Andrei Kirilenko?

It looked like Al Harrington was ready to leave Atlanta for the Indiana Pacers a few weeks ago.  But before a deal was signed, Harrington fired his agent.  A few days ago his new agent, Arn Tellem, declared that Harrington would consider offers from all teams.In making this announcement, the …

Not Exactly “The Dream Team”

Team USA defeated Brazil this week by only four points, prompting me to wonder how a collection of NBA “stars” could have such problems with a team of NBA reserves and non-NBA talent.  My answer: Brazil brought a complete team to the game while Team USA was primarily a collection …

The Knicks and Team Chemistry

Last season the Knicks set an NBA record for payroll and finished with the fewest wins in the Eastern Conference.  Yesterday in The New York Times Isiah Thomas offered an explanation. “I spent a lot of time this summer talking to different people about chemistry,” Thomas said, “because one of …