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 …

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 …