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The Case for Michael Jordan

As I wander through the blogosphere I have come across a few comments from people – who I gather have not actually read The Wages of Wins – that we argue that Dennis Rodman is better than Michael Jordan. The statement is taken out of context from an article I …

Can You Predict the Future with Wins Produced?

Malcolm Gladwell made the following observation at his blog a few days ago: Is the Wages of Wins algorithm an improvement over the things like the NBA Efficiency system? To make the case for their system, the authors “fit” their algorithm to the real world. For the 2003-04 season, they …

The WagesofWins.com

Much of the action on our website occurs on our blog, The Wages of Wins Journal.  About once a week we post updates at the WagesofWins.com. At our blog, though, our comments come more frequently. For those who found The Wages of Wins Journal via Malcolm Gladwell’s blog or the …

Asking the Same Question as Greg Mankiw

We started The Wages of Wins Journal in mid-April and have been pleased with the attention we have received.  Still, Greg Mankiw asks a question today at his blog that I have thought about as well. Greg wonders if he is “eating a free lunch?”  Specifically he states:“For the past …

The NBA Post-Season Awards

The NBA has handed out its post-season awards. What follows is a review of the MVP, Rookie of the Year, and All-NBA teams.  Who would the winners be if the media only looked at the stats, and of course, considered how the stats linked to team wins? Most Valuable Player: …

Three Real Smart Guys

Apparently Marty, Stacey, and I are “three Real Smart Guys.” At least, that is what Michael Bradley of CBS Sportline.com claims in a column posted on Thursday.  Bradley makes this unbelievable claim in the course of arguing why Kobe Bryant is not the MVP this season.  Bradley’s argument about Kobe …

Business Week Notes Our Blog

Earlier in the week I received an e-mail from Business Week expressing interest in our blog.  The e-mail asked if we were planning on posting often, and if we were not then they would link to some other site.  I answered that we were of course going to post frequently, …

The Tragedy of Kevin Garnett

The sportswriters selected Steve Nash as MVP this season. I have noted previously that Steve Nash had a very good season, ranking in the top 10 in Wins Produced. Previously I also argued that Jason Kidd was a bit better, ranking second overall in Wins Production and first among point …

Malcolm Gladwell Speaks Again

This week Malcolm Gladwell, author of the best selling books Blink and The Tipping Point, wrote a very positive review of The Wages of Wins in The New Yorker.  Yesterday he offered a few extra comments, entitled Basketball By the Numbers, on his website.  Good journalists, and Gladwell is one …

Dwyane Wade’s Record Tying Night

Last night the Pistons pulled even with the Heat in the Eastern Conference finals. Why were the Heat unable to take a commanding 2-0 lead in this series? According to the Associated Press, we know who not to blame. The second paragraph of the AP story detailing the game reads …