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The Fun Rankings

April 8, 2011 by


“Laugh and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone; For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth, But has trouble enough of its own” -Ella Wheeler Wilcox Lately, I’ve been ignoring a vital part of my mission statement. It’s been all serious stat work. I’ve been ignoring the silly. No worries. […]

Breaking down the Boards

April 7, 2011 by


Need to talk more about this but for now I will say this: Broke down all the Play by Play for 2009-2010 and my numbers where very close to right (and now it’s even closer). Oh Shiny! Oh and here’s required reading for all aspiring stat geeks.  

Thru the Looking Glass

April 6, 2011 by


“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked. Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.” How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice. You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.” — Lewis Carroll (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and […]

The Rankings: Split Three ways

April 5, 2011 by


Possessions  = Field Goal Attempts +.44* Free Throw Attempts + Turnovers Where the hell did the offensive rebounds go? Settle down people, I’m gonna explain. I’ve spent a lot of time recently reading. I’ve re-read Basketball on Paper, Freakonomics and I’m reading scorecasting. I thinks it’s had an effect, I’m trying to look at things […]

The Payoff

April 3, 2011 by


Cost–benefit analysis is tool used by governments, companies to evaluate the desirability of an action. The goal of the analysis is to see whether the benefits outweigh the costs. The trick for applying this analysis is to figure what constitutes value and what exactly is your cost. The game of basketball is about turning possessions […]

The Usage Poster

April 1, 2011 by


It occurred to me that I had not done a cool visualization in a while.   No more! As you may have seen, I’ve been playing with Usage Curves and that work has led to some very cool stuff: That’s the usage curve for every game played in the current season >24 minutes thru 3/26. […]

Putting things together

April 1, 2011 by


I’m not 100% happy with this one but when am I ever? Let’s get it out there. And that’s kinda why I got off track. And it was an awesome detour. And we’ll get back to it. And I’m going to stop with the gimmick now. But first,Combined WP48 take 5,6, eleventy? Let’s get on […]


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