The Curry Scoring Illusion

The big news in the NBA this week is that Isiah Thomas has passed his test. Observers – such as Jonathan Weiler of the Sports Media Review – wonder about the grading criteria of James Dolan (Isiah’s boss). Let’s review some basic facts about this team. The payroll, according to …

Win Score Stats and Other News

Normally I do one post a day. But a few things have been posted around the web that I thought I would mention. 1. On-Line Win Score Stats By far, this is the most important. Jason Chandler of NBA Babble and Win Score has created Win Score Stats, which is …

Sabernomics Takes the Stage

Thursday is the big day. The Baseball Economist (The Real Game Exposed) – JC Bradbury’s first book – is finally released on March 15. In honor of this event, The Wages of Wins Journal is going to devote this week to Sabernomics – or the combination of sabermetrics and economics …

Maybe it is McGrady?

The response to yesterday’s comment on Dikembe Mutombo has centered on the value of Tracy McGrady. People have noted that McGrady came back from injury just when Yao Ming was injured. So maybe it was McGrady that allowed the Rockets to stay afloat without Yao (or Ming, or Yao Ming …

The Surprising Mount Mutombo

On December 23rd Yao Ming fractured his leg. As a result, he missed the next 32 games. One would expect that losing a center that John Hollinger has named as the most likely current big man to be listed someday as one of the top ten centers of all time …

Ranking the NBA Again

The Chicago Bulls in 1995-96 won 72 games, finishing with a winning percentage of 0.878. This mark currently ranks as the best regular season in history, surpassing the Los Angeles Lakers who finished the 1971-72 season with 69 victories (and a 0.841 winning percentage). After 60 games the Dallas Mavericks …

Creating Shots in Philadelphia

Scoring is king in the NBA. At least, as we argue in The Wages of Wins, scoring is the primary factor behind what a player gets paid and who wins post-season awards. But when we look at Wins Produced we often see scorers, especially inefficient scorers, ranked lower than the …

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). …