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Archive for October, 2008

Great (and Not-So-Great) Expectations

31st October 2008

The 2008-09 NBA season is finally getting started, and just about every fan and media member is concerned with what we can expect from each team. So here's a question: from a strictly statistical perspective, which teams in NBA history most exceeded their preseason expectations? By the same token, which teams were the most disappointing in light of their expectations?

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What Does Opening Night Tell Us About a Team?

29th October 2008

BBR is pleased to announce that Neil Paine will be blogging for us throughout the 2008-09 season. Neil is a frequent contributor on the APBRmetrics message board as well as ArmchairGM. We think Neil is a great addition to the site and we look forward to working with him this season. —JK

We've all heard the cliché: "On opening night, every team is tied for first place." And there's no denying that the start of a new season brings a certain measure of optimism to even the most long-suffering of NBA fans. "This could be the year," they say as they look at their team's roster. "Why not?" They can even point to Boston's 2007-08 turnaround as evidence that a few key off-season trades can turn a team from a bottom-feeder into a champion overnight.

But then they have to actually play the games.

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