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Kobe’s dreaming about the Olympics: The 1992 Dream Team vs. the 2012 team

July 13, 2012 by


Editor’s Note: I did say I would still use this site occasionally right? 99% of my stuff will still show up over at the Wages of Wins, except under special circumstances. This is such a one. Enjoy! We have a tendency to want to build up the present at the expense of the past. Case […]

The 11th Hour and The Free Agent guide

December 12, 2011 by


Young Amy: Dear Santa, thank you for the dolls and pencils and the fish. It’s Easter now, so I hope I didn’t wake you but… honest, it is an emergency. There’s a crack in my wall. Aunt Shy says it’s just an ordinary crack, but I know its not cause at night there’s voices so… […]

Beta Testing, Unrated and the Killer Apps

June 26, 2011 by


12 straight months of almost daily posting. Then a week of silence. Did you miss me? No worries. Regardless of the circumstances this space is not going away. My good work got recognized and I was called up to the big show. At the Wages of Wins Journal I get a bigger forum and the […]

A Note and the Goods (Ranking the 2011 Draft Prospects)

June 23, 2011 by


You know my methods. Apply them. -Sherlock Holmes “The Sign of the Four“ Hey all. You may have noticed that I’ve stopped posting as often. What you may or may not have noticed is that I’ve taken over as Editor over at the Wages of Wins.What this means is that I will be splitting my […]

Early Returns on the 2010 NBA Draft

June 21, 2011 by


It was easier to know it than to explain why I know it. If you were asked to prove that two and two made four, you might find some difficulty, and yet you are quite sure of the fact. -Sherlock Holmes  “A Study in Scarlet” You may have heard that a draft is coming. And […]

ASLS vault: The Best NBA Teams since the merger

June 18, 2011 by


This here is a repost by request. It’s also a bonus post. It’s a by request bonus post from the vault. I’ll get something else out tomorrow. But for now? Enjoy. Who’s  the best basketball team of all time? This is a question that’s guaranteed to spark animated and passionate discussion among all fans of […]

Is Lebron a choke artist and other Remaining playoff thoughts

June 17, 2011 by


Sometimes you just know things. I missed a post yesterday and given my current job situation (stressful, challenging, like trying to juggle three angry blind mountain lions who are on fire by their tails but strangely incredibly fun) I knew it was coming. Lucky for you, the ideas keep coming and building up a nice […]

The MVP for Every Playoff Series in 2011

June 15, 2011 by


As you known, I put up stats for every game in the 2011 playoffs. This allows me do some fun things. I can take the top 6 players by minutes for each team and each series. Then I can work out: The Classic Wins Produced stats (explained here) My own opponent adjusted Wins Produced Stats […]

Podcast – Finals with Devin and Dre

June 15, 2011 by


Available In Several Convenient Internet Locations Near You You can download it direct – Wages of Wins Podcast 6/15/2011 You can find us in iTunes – iTunes Store You can subscribe to our RSS Feed – RSS Feed  Super Stat Team Assemble! Devin of NBeh? Dre of Nerd Numbers Dallas vs. Miami You can check out each game […]

The 2011 Playoff Poster

June 14, 2011 by


I decided today that I would make a poster. The 250 Best Wins Produced games of the 2011 playoffs. Sized by wins produced and sorted by Series. Enjoy!

Finals Game 6 : Introducing your NBA Champions Dallas Mavericks

June 13, 2011 by


“It is fatal to enter a war without the will to win it.” – General Douglas MacArthur This was an epic series and it was won by the superior team. 3-1 in Miami. 6-2 for the season against Miami. +3.375 thru Eight Games. Dallas was the better team. They were more talented. They played harder. […]

The Good and the Bad

June 12, 2011 by


The King. The Best player in the game. We are all witnesses. Lebron James does not do anything in half measures. He hasn’t really his entire adult life. He’s lived the largest possible life on the largest possible stage. And the drama he provides is exquisite. He gives us the highest of highs and the […]

Finals Game 5 : One Step Closer

June 10, 2011 by


“I cannot take this anymore I’m saying everything I’ve said before All these words they make no sense I find bliss in ignorance Less I hear the less you’ll say But you’ll find that out anyway Just like before… Everything you say to me Takes me one step closer to the edge And I’m about […]

Argument Stoppers: Rebounds are Overrated rev.1

June 9, 2011 by


I grow a white rose in july as in january for the sincere friend who faithfully offers me his hand But for those who cruely tear out my still beating heart neither nettles nor thorns do I grow I grow a white rose -Jose Marti “Cultivo una Rosa Blanca” as translated by some blogger Before […]

Finals Game 4 : Missing in Action

June 8, 2011 by


“He’s a real nowhere man, Sitting in his Nowhere Land, Making all his nowhere plans for nobody.”- Lennon/McCartney Weirdly, they held a Finals game in Dallas tonight and only one of the Heat showed. This is very unexpected. Prior to the Finals these were the Heat: Lebron and D-Wade played like superstars (Wade was limited […]

ASLS Vault:The Talent Pool and Marginal Value in the NBA

June 7, 2011 by


Tonight & Worked late and watched “A Good man goes to war”. You thus get a re-run. But it’s a good one. Enjoy. One of the most commonly held truths in the NBA is the following: “You need the big man to win” . This illustrates to me that the perception of value by position […]

Finals Game 3 : The Fork in the Road

June 6, 2011 by


“But with the throttle screwed on, there is only the barest margin, and no room at all for mistakes. It has to be done right… and that’s when the strange music starts, when you stretch your luck so far that fear becomes exhilaration and vibrates along your arms. You can barely see at a hundred; […]

The Finals 1978-2011 Visualized

June 5, 2011 by


Take all the players in the top 6 for all the Finals teams since 1978. Size them using their Wins per 48 Minutes. Pick the 150 Best Performances. Use it to make a kickass poster. Or two. Enjoy your sunday. See you after Game 3 .

Draft Pedrigree in the Finals

June 4, 2011 by


It occurred to me that I hadn’t done anything on the draft or any cool posters in a while. Or a simple fun post. This is an oversight we are going to correct . You can blame my partner in crime Andres Alvarez and Benjamin Morris for this one. Andres Alvarez (@NerdNumbers) for asking the […]

Finals Game 2 : Hubris and the German Dagger

June 3, 2011 by


Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. – Proverbs 16:18 At 7:14 left in the 4th Quarter, Dwayne Wade made an open three to put Miami up 88-73. The Miami Crowd went insane. Lebron and Wade celebrated in front of the corpse of the the Dallas Bench. Mission Accomplished right? Wrong. It’s […]

Finals Game 1 : Just the Facts

June 1, 2011 by


Game 1 is in the Books and it was good. I’m in a bit of a hurry tonight (recording a podcast that’s going up soon) so only the Facts tonight. Boxscore Explanations in gray: I’m going to be posting an advanced Box Score during the playoffs after every game. It contains: Basic information: Player , […]

The Last Act: Round 3 Wrap-Up and Finals picks by the numbers

May 31, 2011 by


“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.“ Winston Churchill 11-3 thru 14 series. Let’s get the post-mortems out of the way and make that pick. Background first: It’s about to get math intensive here so if it’s your […]

2011 Playoffs in Numbers and Graphs

May 29, 2011 by


Bored silly today. Don’t quite feel like writing the Finals preview as of yet. I need to let it sort itself out organically in my head. Instead I decided to illustrate the hell out of these playoffs. Because information is beautiful. The Rundown Let’s start with a quick roundown of the stats we are going […]

Advanced Playoff Box Scores for 5/26/2011

May 28, 2011 by


“What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience?” -Adam Smith This one needs some theme music. I feel a debt was owed. Let’s pay this baby off, my word after all is my bond. 16 Teams, 30 Nights and a fantastic […]

Champions and Contenders revisited

May 27, 2011 by


You have to trust the research. A while back I looked at  Championships Produced and it was cool. The concept was that winning the championship is about winning in the playoffs. A team needs 16 wins in the playoff to win it all now (and 12 or 15 at different times in the past). Year […]

Advanced Playoff Box Scores for 5/25/2011

May 26, 2011 by


I pretty much told you so. OKC was not coming back from the Game 5 Collapse. Particularly when Dirk Nowitski has officially become the third player in my lifetime who I’m stunned when he misses in the last 5 minutes of a game (Bird, Jordan and now Dirk). Let’s start with the series wrap first: […]

Advanced Playoff Box Scores for 5/24/2011

May 25, 2011 by


For want of a nail, the shoe was lost; For want of a shoe, the horse was lost; For want of a horse, the rider was lost; For want of a rider, the battle was lost; For want of a battle, the kingdom was lost, And all for the want of a horseshoe nail. -Proverb […]

Advanced Playoff Box Scores for 5/23/2011

May 24, 2011 by


I feel like I should be writing a series wrap-up. OKC was up 15 with five minutes left and then their best player fouled out. And then it became Dirk time. Dirk, Kidd and Marion on D. The Thunder got pantsed by the Mavs. I was mad at the refs after the last game that […]

Advanced Playoff Box Scores for 5/22/2011 and the Best for the Playoffs so Far

May 22, 2011 by


Game 4 just became a must win for Chicago. The good news for Chicago is that Carlos Boozer finally showed up on offense. The bad news is that means you have to live with Bosh feasting on Boozer’s bad interior D. The refs were bad but well within the expectation for Homecourt Advantage. As for […]

Advanced Playoff Box Scores for 5/21/2011

May 22, 2011 by


“My first thought was: I knew it, I’m not going to say there was a conspiracy. I just think something wasn’t right. It was unfair. We didn’t have a chance to win that game.” Kings center Scott Pollard upon hearing Tim Donaghy’s allegation of fixing Game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals The world […]


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