The Face on Mars and Wins Produced

As Dave has blogged earlier – we employ a team statistical adjustment (i.e. team defense) measure as part of the Wins Produced metric.  This measure incorporates the opponent’s field goals made, opponent’s turnovers, and team rebounds into our analysis of individual players. Now this may come as a shock to …

Rumors, Experts, and Human Growth Hormone

Today’s guest blogger is JC Bradbury. JC is an associate professor at Kennesaw State University. He is well-known for his website – Sabernomics – which combines the best of sabermetrics and economics. And of course, he is The Baseball Economist (which is both his title and the title of his …

Sports Illustrated and the Wages of Win

In the April 23rd issue of Sports Illustrated is the following brief story (it appears on page 24): Title: The Wages of Win Subtitle: Breaking Story – Money Doesn’t Buy Happiness, NBA Titles Story: The last six NBA champions have had two things in common.  They’ve played outstanding basketball, and …

It Ain't Necessarily So

Today’s guest blogger is Steve Walters. Apart from his day job as a professor of economics at Loyola College in Maryland, Steve has served as a consultant to two MLB teams and writes occasional statistical analysis features for The Sporting News. He grew up in Salem, Massachusetts, remains a citizen …

One Correct Prediction

Earlier this week Steve Kerr asked the following question: Who could have predicted the Sixers would win 29 of 57 games since trading Allen Iverson? Hmmmm….. I wonder. Last December 19th, when the trade was made, I offered my first impressions of the Iverson trade. Here is most of that …

Why Have a Draft?

Let’s say your team is a loser. If your team played in a European league that would be a problem. European sports leagues have a system of promotion and relegation, which means the losers each season get demoted into the sports minor leagues and the best of the minor leagues …

Drew Bledsoe in the Hall of Fame?

Drew Bledsoe, the first player taken in the 1993 draft, retired last week. According to Don Banks of SI.com, Bledsoe finishes his career fifth all-time in completions (3,839), seventh in passing yards (44,611) and 13th in touchdown passes (251). So these stats suggest he is one of the all-time greats. …

Fantasy Playoff Basketball

The playoffs start in just a few days and Jason Chandler – of NBA Babble and Win Score – has come up with a way to increase your viewing pleasure.  Chandler has set up a fantasy basketball game for the playoffs based on Win Score.  To the best of my …

The Unlucky Celtics

It’s Friday the 13th so thoughts turn to luck (or the lack thereof). And that subject causes me to think about the Celtics. Back in the 1980s I watched the Pistons struggle to get by the Celtics. The call “there’s a steal by Bird” still makes me very unhappy. It …

The Incentive to Lose in the NBA

This past Monday the Sports Law Blog asked the question: Why does tanking occur in the NBA but seemingly not in other leagues? The question basically presumes that the NBA’s losers will intentionally lose games towards the end of a season to enhance their draft position. What people wonder is …