Ranking Agent Zero and the Arizona Alumni

On Monday, Henry Abbott at TrueHoop discussed the rivalry between Gilbert Arenas and Richard Jefferson. This discussion linked to Agent Zero’s blog at NBA.com. In a discussion of Jason Gardner’s wedding, attended by both Arenas and Jefferson, Arenas offered the following observation: It really was a great time. Me and …

The Dream Team is Back

Okay, not really.  But the latest edition of the Dream Team is the best we have seen since 1996.  So there is hope that Team USA can take the gold medal in 2008. To see why we should be optimistic, let’s review the history of the Dream Team.The first Dream …

Evaluating the Top Scorers in 1977-78

In my career my two favorite courses to teach have been the History of Economic Thought and Economic History (which is not the same as HET). I probably would have been a historian, but I have found that as an economist I can get paid more to teach the same …

Evaluating Talent and the Assessment of Legal Issues

On Friday Andray Blatche was re-signed by the Washington Wizards.  Given that Blatche has only played 860 minutes in his entire NBA career, such a signing seemed hardly newsworthy.  And it probably would not have been had Blatche not recently had some legal issues. The Associated Press article detailing Blatche’s …

The Worst of the Best

We often debate who is the best?  Occasionally we talk about the worst.  But what about the worst of the best? Back in 1973 the NBA began tracking all the statistics for teams that are reported in a typical box score (statistics for players would not be fully reported until …

Miami Parties Like Its 1999

The Pareto Principle tells us that 80% of output is created by 20% of the population. Although I am not sure how widely this principle applies, it certainly appears to work in the NBA. The top 20% of players in Wins Produced do create about 80% of the league’s wins. …

MJ Makes Some Moves

Kelly Dwyer posted a comment at TrueHoop on Friday entitled “Bobcats? You Betcha.” Here is how the column starts: C: Emeka Okafor, Primoz Brezec PF: Walter Herrmann, Sean May SF: Gerald Wallace, Adam Morrison SG: Jason Richardson, Matt Carroll PG: Raymond Felton That’s a good team. That could be a …

Pistol Pete — An Early Answer

Henry Abbott – of TrueHoop – posted a lengthy story on Kobe Bryant on Monday entitled “To Be Determined: Kobe Bryant’s Place in History”. Towards the end of his story (which is a lengthy but good read) is a comparison of Kobe and Pistol Pete Maravich. Just like Pistol Pete, …