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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 …

The Value of Simplicity

In The Wages of Wins we present measures of performance for both NBA players and NFL quarterbacks.  In presenting these measures we noted our objectives.  We wished to have metrics that were accurate and simple.  Obviously accuracy is important.  Performance measures are meant to tell us how individual players impact …

The Value of Player Statistics in the NFL

Why are player statistics tracked?  Since the 19th century baseball has been tracking a host of statistics for its players.  The same can be said for basketball and football since the inception of the NFL and the NBA.  But why is this necessary? We know in each contest which team …

Football Outsiders and QB Score

Our book has many, many end notes. And these are recommended reading since some of what we think are the most humorous comments in the book are tucked away in these notes.The following, though, is not one of the funny comments (at least, it wasn’t meant to be funny). On …