Monthly Archives: October 2013

Chip Kelly: Genius or Idiot?

More than a few people were ready to declare Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly a genius after one half of football, and now many of those same people have decided he is a failure.

The truth, as always, is more complex than that, and while the Eagles have struggled the last two weeks, the offense has certainly been impressive the first half of the season.

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The Best Player in the NBA

On Monday I wrote I a piece for ESPN Insider that used multiple years of MVP voting to determine who was generally viewed as the best player in the NBA on a season-by-season basis.

This post is an extension of that idea, although I’m going to make the following tweaks:

  • Win shares will be used rather than MVP award shares.
  • Three seasons of data will be used rather than four seasons of data.
  • Win shares in season n will receive a weight of 12, win shares in season n − 1 will receive a weight of 13, and win shares in season n − 2 will receive a weight of 16.

Without further ado, here are the players who — based on win shares, at least — had established themselves as the best players in the game:

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Is Sidney Moncrief a Hall of Famer?

The Keltner List is a series of subjective questions formulated by famed sabermetrician Bill James used to help assess whether or not a player deserves to be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Although the system was designed to evaluate baseball players, with a few minor tweaks it can also be used to assess the Hall-worthiness of basketball players. Today I will assess the Hall of Fame chances of Sidney Moncrief, an All-Star shooting guard for the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1980s.

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Dual All-NBA and All-Defensive Selections

While doing some research for a future post I got sidetracked looking at players who were named to the All-NBA and All-Defensive teams in the same season.

I thought the results were interesting, so I’m going to post them here with some commentary sprinkled in. Keep in mind that the league began naming All-Defensive teams following the 1968-69 season, so many all-time greats — most notably Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain — will be missing from these lists.

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The San Antonio Spurs Franchise In a Box

My favorite contemporary writer, the incomparable Bill James, has used the “In a Box” concept in several of his books. Basically what James does is choose a topic (e.g., a baseball manager) and then makes an idiosyncratic list of the topic’s defining features. I think the format works well for a blog post, so today I would like to put the San Antonio Spurs franchise “In a Box”.

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