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Archive for August, 2009

Layups: All-Time Scorers, Alphabetically Speaking

22nd August 2009

It's Sporcle quiz time!! And this edition is a lot of fun -- they want to know, can you name the leading scorer for each letter of the alphabet in NBA history? If ever there was a quiz that was right up our alley, this is it.

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Desmond Mason vs. Reality

21st August 2009

Apparently Desmond Mason can't come to terms with the Thunder on a contract, because the two parties can't agree on a role for him:

"Desmond is not ready to be relegated to a cheerleader and relegated to a mentor for the younger players," [Mason's agent] said. "Desmond's got a lot left in the tank."

Does he? Really?

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Posted in Analysis, Offseason, Rants & Ramblings | 9 Comments »

Feature Watch: Head-to-Head Game Finder

20th August 2009

Okay folks, it's time for a new series (much like that which I'm doing at Baseball-Reference and Pro-Football-Reference) where I take you on a guided tour of one of the lesser-known features on the site. Today's topic will be the Head to Head Game Finder, which is a really awesome tool that is unfortunately tucked away (out of necessity) on the Full Court page. I feel like people would obviously use it a lot more if they knew about it, so let's take you through it for the next few minutes...

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Posted in Site Features | 4 Comments »

What’s Left in A.I.’s Tank?

19th August 2009

Well, as you probably know if you're reading this blog, it's August 19 and Allen Iverson, the NBA's 5th-leading scorer in terms of all-time points per game, is still an unrestricted free agent without a job. After playing a career-best 82 games and posting one of his better seasons ever during the 2007-08 campaign, Iverson's reputation as a player took a huge hit last season when Denver traded him to Detroit for Chauncey Billups, a hometown favorite who quickly became the media's go-to reason for the Nuggets' surprise success. Making matters worse for A.I., Denver finally broke their playoff hex come springtime, while the Pistons languished as Iverson created a rift between Richard Hamilton and coach Michael Curry, and then was shut down for good with a back injury as Detroit almost missed the playoffs and were unceremoniously swept by the Cavs in the first round. So if you're looking at Allen Iverson's stock right now, the price is just about as low as it's ever been in his 13-year career.

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Posted in Analysis, Offseason | 12 Comments »

Are You Experienced? (Part II)

17th August 2009

Last Friday, I took an initial look at the most "experienced" teams of all-time, settling on the method of averaging the number of career NBA games & minutes played by members of a team's roster as a measure of team experience. There were several problems with this method, however -- first of all, ABA games did not count at all toward a team's experience quotient, so we ended up with a host of late-70s merger refugees appearing as the most inexperienced teams; second, we did not weight by actual minutes played during the season in question, so having an ancient player like, say, Robert Parish on the end of your bench made you look far more "experienced" even if Parish rarely saw the floor.

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Posted in History, Statgeekery | 6 Comments »

Are You Experienced?

14th August 2009

Here's a fun Friday data dump: Since 1968 (the advent of the modern 82-game schedule), which team assembled the most experienced roster? How about the least experienced roster?

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Posted in General, History | 6 Comments »

Layups: “Lords of the Rings” Quiz

13th August 2009

Courtesy of Sporcle: Can you name the players who have won the most NBA championships? (Hint: It helps to know your 1960s Celtics here...)

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BBR News: Win Shares Extended Back to 1951-52

10th August 2009

I have been working on a way to extend the Win Shares system to seasons prior to 1973-74 off and on (mostly off) for quite some time. Until last week, though, I had not been able to come up with a satisfactory solution. However, I had an idea last week that produced what I felt were satisfactory results, so today I would like to announce that the Win Shares system has been extended back to the 1951-52 season.

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Posted in Announcements, Win Shares | 13 Comments »

Lost in Translation

10th August 2009

Over the past year, I've dabbled a bit in the realm of what I like to call "translating" stats -- that is to say, the process of taking a player's numbers out of one context and plopping them down in another context. Now, this doesn't necessarily mean the usual "what would Player W from Year X have averaged had he switched places with Player Y in Year Z?" strain of time-travel fantasizing, but more like, "given that Player A's averages were worth B wins in Year C, what would have had to average in Year D to create the exact same number of wins?" The difference is a nuance, a shade of meaning, but still very important, because typically we're in the business of making value judgments in the latter sense, and we leave the former to the alternate-history crowd.

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Posted in History, Just For Fun, Statgeekery | 13 Comments »

Layups: Simmons Visits the National Sports Collectors Convention

9th August 2009

This isn't specifically basketball-related, though he did encounter his share of hoops memorabilia: Bill Russell's signed Converse All-Stars, a replica of Larry Bird's Wooden Award, this awesome collection of throwbacks, a copy of Dr. J. vs. Larry Bird in: One on One, old-school card sets like this and this, a 1969 Minnesota Pipers Schedule featuring Connie "The Hawk" Hawkins, a Robert Parish RC Cola can, and... a game-worn Keith Closs Clippers jersey. (Which one of these doesn't belong?) It was all part of ESPN's Bill Simmons' trip to the National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, where he encountered what would be (for me) a bankruptcy-inducing amount of awesome items from years gone by. He wrote about the experience here, but the best part is this monstrous photo gallery chronicling all the cool stuff he saw during his visit. Is it just me, or is there something about old sports memorabilia that can turn even the most level-headed consumer into a crazed spendaholic?

Posted in History, Just For Fun, Layups, No Math Required, Non-Basketball | 2 Comments »