Is Bargnani the Next Nowitzki?

With the first pick in the 2006 NBA Draft the Toronto Raptors selected Andrea Bargnani. The story told at the time was that Bargnani was the “next Nowitzki.” This story was told on draft night and also many times since. Even Nowitzki has voiced this sentiment. “He’s a better player …

Super Bowl Lessons

The big Super Bowl story is that Peyton Manning finally led his team to a victory in a big game. Such is the conventional wisdom after the Super Bowl. Unfortunately such conventional wisdom, as is often the case in this forum, falls apart when we look at the data. The …

The Coaches Select the All-Stars

The fans voting for the All-Star game tells us who the fans wish to see start the mid-season classic. Now the coaches have told us who they believe “deserve” to be reserves in the All-Star game. A few days ago I reviewed the starters chosen by the fans. In this …

Volunteer Work at the Super Bowl

Yesterday I was a guest on Bloomberg on the Economy, hosted by Kathleen Hays. In case you missed my appearance, I appeared at 2:30 pm EST; right before Dr. Gustavo Collantes [Research Fellow at Harvard University] and the United States Department of Labor Secretary Elaine Chao (the on-line guess list …

Losing to Win in 2007

The Grizzlies Make a Move The Grizzlies in 2005-06 were led in Wins Produced by four players: Pau Gasol, Mike Miller, Shane Battier, and Eddie Jones. In the off-season, Battier was traded for Stromile Swift and Rudy Gay, two players who one would not expect to offer the production of …

The Fans Select the All-Stars

The voting for the NBA’s all-star game has concluded. And the starters for the 2007 game are as follows [Wins Produced and Wins Produced per 48 minutes in parenthesis]. Western Conference Kobe Bryant, Guard (7.4; 0.241) Tracy McGrady, Guard (4.3; 0.174) Kevin Garnett, Forward (11.5; 0.351) Tim Duncan, Forward (9.6; …

Roy is ROY

The All-Star game in the NBA is considered the mid-season classic, but it hardly falls in the middle of the season. Given an 82 game schedule, the mid-point is 41 games. With Denver’s game on Saturday, each NBA team has finally reached the middle of their respective season. As each …

The Prime Time Quarterback

A few days ago I commented on the performance of NFL quarterbacks in the playoffs this season. The results were less than satisfying, since my data set only included 10 playoff games. Fortunately Yahoo! Sports reports complete playoff statistics for quarterbacks back to 2001. With this larger data set we …