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 …

The Missing Tables

Normally when I post a story in this forum I include a table or two with the empirical evidence backing whatever point I think I am making. While attending the Western Economic Association meetings, though, my time was fairly restricted. So I decided to just post the story and skip …

Rashard Lewis Goes to Orlando

Last season the Sonics won 31 games. Fifteen of these wins, or nearly half, can be tied to two players: Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis.  On draft night Allen was sent to the Celtics for three players: Jeff Green, Delonte West, and Wally Szczerbiak.  And now Lewis has signed with …

Drafting Ray Allen

It’s suspected that the Boston Celtics did their best to secure one of the top two choices in the 2007 NBA Draft.  Unfortunately, all their efforts didn’t pay off.  When the lottery gods had spoken, the Celtics were left with the 5th choice in the draft.  Despite such luck, though, …

Thoughts on the Jason Richardson Trade

Currently I am attending the Western Economic Association meetings, so my ability to post is somewhat limited.  I did want to offer some thoughts on the NBA draft (as well as various signings and trades). My limitations, though, prevent me from commenting on everything (worth commenting upon).   So let me …

Optimistic to a Fault

Frequent WoW Journal contributor, Steve Walters, wrote a fascinating column on optimism bias for the July 26 edition of the Baltimore Examiner. The column, entitled “Optimistic to a fault” can be accessed by clicking on the link. Or you can just keep reading. The Baltimore Examiner has graciously allowed us …

Win Score and the NBA Draft

The following is a guest post from WoW Journal reader Erich Doerr. Erich has used the Win Score metric to investigate the top prospects for the 2007 NBA Draft. In The Wages of Wins, David Berri and company introduce a basketball valuation system called Win Score. This easily calculated metric …

Magic and Michael

Who’s the Best? This one question sparks the most fervent debate among sports fans. Was Willie Mays better than Mickey Mantle? How does Barry Bonds compare to Ken Griffey (or Babe Ruth, or Sammy Sosa, or whoever)? Is Joe Montana better than Dan Marino? Is it Wilt or Russell? A …