Predicting Unhappiness for Jermaine O’Neal

In 2003-04 the Indiana Pacers were the best team in the NBA.  At least, they won more games than anyone else.  When we look at efficiency differential (offensive efficiency minus defensive efficiency) we see that both the Spurs and Pistons were a bit better that year. Still, the Pacers were …

Learning from Greg Mankiw

Gregory Mankiw is a Harvard economist and former head of The Council of Economic Advisers.  He also has a very popular blog (Greg Mankiw’s Blog – Random Observations for Students of Economics). According to Brian Gongol’s rankings, as well as the Aaron Schiff’s rankings, Mankiw’s site ranks in the top …

Week Six QB Score and RB Score Rankings

Overall and Week Six QB Score Rankings Overall RB Score Rankings Here are the QB Score and RB Score rankings for Week Six.  The above links actually provides two tables for the quarterbacks (but only the overall rankings for the running backs).  Normally I post these on Wednesday, but this …

Big Things Poppin at VIBE Magazine

With the approaching NBA season comes an abundance of NBA preview publications.  With so many choices, which one should you choose? Such a decision could take you days to make.  To simplify everybody’s life I am going to identify the best NBA preview.  If you go to any supermarket, bookstore, …

Kobe Myths

Kobe Bryant came to Bakersfield tonight.  A few years ago I was given a court-side ticket for the annual visit by the Lakers to Bakersfield, but my source for that ticket (Rich Campbell, a sports marketing professor) has moved on from Cal-State Bakersfield (if Campbell was still here, though, I …

The Mark Cuban Era in Dallas

Mark Cuban became the majority owner of the Dallas Mavericks towards the end of the 1999-00 season (the deal was approved by the NBA on April 11, 2000).  The team Cuban purchased was just finishing its 20th season in the Association. In those 20 years the Mavericks had won 40% …

The Wages of Wins in One Sentence

I was going to post a different story today, but I wanted to comment on something posted at SI.Com.  The following is a caption for a picture of Gilbert Arenas:  Having already stated his intention to become a free agent next summer, Agent Zero is likely to use the coming …

The Best Suns Team

It has become a standard doctrine in the “church of basketball stats” that efficiency differential – or offensive efficiency minus defensive efficiency (or points per possession minus points surrendered per possession) – is a pretty good approach to team evaluation.  You see this basic argument in the writing of Dean …