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Replacing an Institution

Posted by Neil Paine on February 7, 2011

In last night's Super Bowl, the Packers defeated the Steelers on the strength of an MVP effort from quarterback Aaron Rodgers. What made Rodgers' accomplishment more impressive was the fact that, less than three years ago, he was tasked with replacing Brett Favre, an institution at QB for Green Bay. Favre had been the Pack's starter for 16 consecutive years before the team moved on to Rodgers, but it's hard to argue that the decision was anything other than a success in light of their championship last night. Here are some similar situations in the NBA (when a team replaced a longtime fixture at a given position), many of which didn't work out as well as the Favre/Rodgers transition did:

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Posted in History, Trivia | 10 Comments »

BBR Rankings: Schedule-Adjusted Offensive and Defensive Ratings (February 4, 2011)

Posted by Neil Paine on February 4, 2011

2010-11 NBA power rankings through the games played on February 3, 2011:

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Posted in BBR Rankings, SRS, Statgeekery | 14 Comments »

Reminder: Super Bowl Squares App Now Available!

Posted by Neil Paine on February 4, 2011

Another friendly reminder that our Super Bowl Squares mobile app is available for $0.99 at the iTunes store and the Android Marketplace.

If you're playing Super Bowl squares this weekend, this app will tell you which squares have the best chance of winning (based on game data from 1994-2010). For more information about features, as well as links to posts about Super Bowl squares theory, click here.

Posted in Announcements, Just For Fun, Non-Basketball | Comments Off

NY Times: Kevin Love’s Rare Combination of Talents

Posted by Justin Kubatko on February 3, 2011

Some love for Love:

Keeping Score: Kevin Love’s Rare Combination of Talents

This will also appear in tomorrow's print edition.

Posted in NY Times | 15 Comments »

Team W-L Record in Games as a Leading Scorer

Posted by Neil Paine on February 3, 2011

This post is a major data dump, and really more for trivia purposes than anything else. But I put together a list of every player who led an NBA team in scoring in a regular-season game from 1987-2011, along with their PPG in those team-leading games, and the team's W-L record in those games (for the full list of players, click here). Here were the 50 players with the most games as a leading scorer:

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Posted in Data Dump, History, Statgeekery, Totally Useless, Trivia | 8 Comments »

NBA Players and Rookies of the Month

Posted by Justin Kubatko on February 2, 2011

This is just a short announcement to let you know that pages for NBA Players of the Month and Rookies of the Month have been added to the Awards and Honors section of the site. These awards have also been added to the leaderboards table on each player's page.

Posted in Announcements | 7 Comments »

S-R News: Super Bowl Squares App Now Available!

Posted by Neil Paine on February 2, 2011

Just in time for the big game, our Super Bowl Squares mobile app is now available at the iTunes store and the Android Marketplace.

If you're at a Super Bowl party this weekend and there's a game of squares set up, this app will tell you which squares have the best chance of winning based on game data from 1994-2010. Also, if you're new to the game, there's a page devoted to basic rules that will help you navigate your first SB squares experience. The app costs $0.99, but will pay for itself many times over if you win the pool.

For more information about its features, as well as links to posts about Super Bowl squares theory, click here.

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Layups: Every Slam-Dunk Contest Dunk

Posted by Neil Paine on February 2, 2011

You gotta see this... Hoopism graphed every dunk in Slam-Dunk Contest history by year and judges' score, and put together an interface that allows you to call up video of the attempts from YouTube:

Every NBA Slam Dunk Contest Video Visualization - Hoopism.com

Amazing work... Hat tip to Henry Abbott for the link.

Posted in All-Star Game, Insane ideas, Just For Fun, Layups, No Math Required | 3 Comments »

2010 WNBA Statistics

Posted by Justin Kubatko on February 1, 2011

I know this took me way too long to get to, but I finally updated the WNBA section of the site with the 2010 statistics. My apologies to all of the WNBA fans out there. I will try to get his updated in a more timely manner after the conclusion of the 2011 season.

Posted in Announcements | 6 Comments »

Layups: Check Out These College Basketball Resources

Posted by Neil Paine on February 1, 2011

It's February now, and with the NCAA Tournament starting in 42 days, you probably need to study up on college basketball.

That means it's time for my annual plug of Ken Pomeroy's amazing NCAA advanced stats site. It serves as a great companion to our own College Basketball at S-R site, where you can grab the conventional numbers and get a big dose of NCAA history.

Together, those two sites should serve as vital weaponry in your bracket battles next month.

Posted in Layups, NCAA, Statgeekery | 1 Comment »

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