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 …

Defending Jerry Krause

Michael Jordan appeared in the NBA Finals six times in the 1990s. All six times Jordan won the title. At least that’s the story told. If we think about it, though, we realize that Jordan didn’t win any titles. Jordan is a player. And its teams that win games and …

Playing with Team USA

Team USA made a couple of announcements in May regarding the players who will play for the USA this summer. First, there is a list of players who are not available due to injury. This list includes Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, Gilbert Arenas, Lamar Odom, Paul Pierce, Joe Johnson, and …

Looking Back at the Bad Boys

The tendency is to believe it is the offensive superstars that lead a championship team. Showtime was led by Magic and Kareem (mostly Magic, as detailed yesterday). Larry Bird took the Celtics to three titles in the 1980s. The Bulls were supposedly just Michael Jordan and the Jordanaires. The Rockets …

Who Led Showtime?

The latest trade demand from Kobe might cause some to look back at the days when the Lakers were led by players who demanded their team win by producing large quantities of wins (as opposed to Kobe’s method of just demanding the team acquire players who can produce large quantities …