Yglesias Comments on the Iverson Trade

Normally I don’t offer posts consisting primarily of quotes taken from other places. Today, though, I thought I would make an exception. Let me begin by noting that yesterday I commented on the early returns on the Iverson trade from Denver’s perspective (I will look at the 76ers on Monday). …

Early Returns on Iverson and Anthony

The big trade this season was the trade that brought “The Answer” to the Denver Nuggets. The joining of Iverson and Carmelo Anthony – two of the game’s most prolific scorers – led John Hollinger to argue that the Nuggets were set to contend for an NBA title in 2007. …

Darko Starts

In 1997 the Detroit Pistons traded Otis Thorpe to the Vancouver Grizzlies for a conditional first round draft choice. Thorpe had been an above average power forward for thirteen consecutive seasons. But after the trade, he played four more seasons (with five different teams) and was never above average again. …

Glad to be Wrong

I was born in Detroit. Although my family left the Motor City in 1981 (and I have not visited since 1990), I remain a Pistons fan. Consequently, when Ben Wallace departed for Chicago this past summer I was not happy (which I noted at the time). Given Big Ben’s productivity …

Do All Injuries Hurt?

A few days ago I noted that injuries are often “the excuse” for a team’s changing fortunes. As an example, the Hornets were clearly a worse team when Chris Paul and David West were taken out of the starting line-up. Although injuries can spell doom for an NBA team, it’s …

Should Anyone Hire Scottie Pippen?

Once upon a time, Scottie Pippen was an amazing basketball paper. In seventeen seasons he produced 203.1 wins. His Wins Produced per 48 minutes [WP48] for his career was 0.237, which is well above the average mark of 0.100. In sum, he had a wonderful NBA career (emphasis on the …

The Rise of Tyson Chandler

Last summer the Chicago Bulls made the major free agent splash in the NBA, signing Ben Wallace away from the Detroit Pistons. The same day the Bulls traded Tyson Chandler, the team’s incumbent center, to the New Orleans-Okalahoma City Hornets. In essence, the Bulls replaced Chandler with Wallace. If we …

The Underrated Josh Childress

With the 6th pick in the 2004 NBA draft the Atlanta Hawks selected Josh Childress. With the very next selection the Chicago Bulls selected Luol Deng, whose production of 7.1 wins in the first 41 games this season ranked third among all small forwards. With the 9th pick in 2004 …

No to PAWSPERM

While I was out of town for a couple of day, Rashad noted in the comments that PAWSPERM is not going to be read as PAWS-PERM, but PAW-SPERM.  And of course that would be bad.  So we need a new name for per minute PAWS (Position Adjusted Win Score).  The …