Disappointing Durant

Eight rebounds. That’s it. Kevin Durant played 137 minutes of summer league basketball and all he could get were eight rebounds. At the Summer League games 94 players logged at least 100 minutes. Durant was out-rebounded by all of these players except Warriors guard Marco Belinelli. Let’s put that production …

Not Monta Ellis

Most post-season awards in the NBA are determined by the media. It’s the sportswriters we turn to when we want to know who is Most Valuable, Rookie of the Year, All-NBA, Best 6th Man, and Most Improved. Okay, we don’t always learn who these players actually are, but we do …

The Playing Time Illusion

Imagine a baseball player with nine years of experience. Across his first eight seasons he bounced around baseball playing for seven Major League teams. For none of these teams was he ever more than a player off the bench. His batting average for these eight seasons was only 0.250, which …

On Books

Phil Miller is an economist at Minnesota State. He is also a fellow contributor at The Sports Economist as well as man behind Market Power (an economics blog currently ranked 61st by Brian Gongol). Last week Phil issued a “Book Challenge”. Basically he answered a few questions regarding books and …

Looking Back at the 1993 Draft

Today I am going to look back at the 1993 NBA draft. You might ask why I am doing this. Or you might not. Regardless, here is the reason. My research this summer is focused on the NBA Draft. I have a few other projects, but my study of the …

Looking Back at the NBA Draft, Part Two

In Part One of this post I looked at the link between college performance and what a player does his first season in the NBA. The analysis revealed that there is a link. Furthermore, it appears that college performance is a better predictor of professional success than a player’s draft …

Looking Back at the NBA Draft, Part One

The NBA Draft was two weeks ago. Before the draft Erich Doerr offered a few thoughts on which players teams should consider or avoid. Now that the draft is in the books we can now focus our full attention on the players actually selected. Of the 60 players chosen, 47 …

Rewarding David Lee

On draft night the New York Knicks sent Channing Frye and Steve Francis to the Portland Trail Blazers for Zach Randolph, Fred Jones, and Dan Dickau. This trade is generally characterized as the Trail Blazers seeking to reshape the image of their team and the Knicks acquiring yet another high …

Adjusting for Position Played

Last week I posted a comment on the Orlando Magic’s signing of Rashard Lewis. This comment noted that Lewis might be worth his hefty contract (he signed for the league maximum) if he plays small forward. But if the Magic play Lewis at power forward – which they might be …