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 …

Thoughts on the Junior All-Star Game

The All-Star weekend consists of a variety of shows and competitions, and two actual games (involving current NBA players). The first is the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam, or the NBA’s Junior All-Star game between the “best” players from the rookie and sophomore players. The second game was the …