Final presentation from outgoing (?) NBA Players Association Billy Hunter, link via his blog.
Incredible NBA player salary website, wish I knew about this sooner!
Left in Front – 13 Nov. 2012 – CHICAGO Teague is already playing good enough D to slow Rondo? “Rookie Marquis Teague replaced Robinson in the fourth and helped curb Rondo’s scoring.” Granted if Hinrich or Rose were healthy they’d be playing but it says something Teague closed the game over Nate Rob. Also, noteworthy that a year after playing for a serious coach in John Calipari he’s now playing for another in Mr. Thibodeau. Both years he’s also playing minutes in games that matter (i.e. postseason expectations) those 2 factors make his learning speed increase exponentially (assuming he’s actually willing to listen, we shall see). Positive early signs of him maybe realizing his potential as the top PG coming out of High School in 2011, nothing more IMHO
Source Yahoo! Sports http://sports.yahoo.com/news/rondo-leads-celtics-101-95-033922510–nba.html
On NBA TV’s “Open Court” Shaq was saying Dwight Howard hadn’t earned the respect he was getting (i..e. saying he had a monster season) due to the fact he never averaged over 28 PPG in a season. Dwight’s Highest PPG ever is 22.9 Shaq averaged 22.9 when he was 32 playing with Miami. From 23 to 31 he had 5 seasons above 28 PPG including 1999-2000 when he average 29.7 and he + sidekick Kobe started the Lakers 3 title run. PER tells the same story, Shaq’s highest was 30.6 Dwight: 26.
The Chicago Bulls’ 2012 first round pick Marquis Teague was the #1 PG in his high school class. Not bad for 29th overall? Assuming he develops of course, seemed more like a high schooler than pro in
Tonight is a night of celebration for Bulls fans: we landed Marquis Teague with the 29th pick. Teague started at point on NCAA Champion Kentucky Wildcats. I have a soft spot for
- young players who fall in draft (Mo Williams went in 2nd Round)
- starter pg’s on champion teams (Mario Chalmers went in 2nd Round)
- freshman point guards who can grow (Rajon Rondo & Jrue Holiday went in the 20s … i also liked fellow ‘Cat alum rondo when he was young)
We took very little risk, 29th overall picks are inexpensive and rarely pan out … on a guy who has a legitimate shot developing not at all or into a legit NBA starter.
But my analysis here is purely anecdotal on gut, kinda like the old scouts in Moneyball who disagree with Beane based on ideas in their head of what someone young has that’ll lead them into greatness later instead of data … here’s a more analytical analysis courtesy of Hoops Analyst’s draft expert Ed Weiland:
There have been several college PGs who posted 9+ A40 over the years. The majority of them were never drafted. While it isn’t the most important thing for a PG prospect to do, it isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Since it would be way too cumbersome to compare every last college PG who finished with an A40 over 9.0, I put up a sampling of all-stars, journeymen and busts for a look at how their numbers compare …
We’ll start with a graph of his 2 and 3 point percentage, which place him about middle of the pack.
Teague is par for the course with th other pass-first point guards on this list, so data doesn’t tell us much save that he has a chance to grow into a dependable guy you can get 20+ minutes a night of good basketball from.
Disclaimer: None of this is to suggest the Bulls are “OK”; they’re not: best player out until january may never be MVP caliber again esp. b/c his game depended a lot on athleticism; remainder of the team couldn’t beat the Philly 76ers who lost to the Celtics who lost to the Heat AND the Heat will be awesome next year plus the next 2 or 3 (probably) so … the bulls are staring mediocrity right in the face; and you don’t play sports professionally to be mediocre … so they’re not OK, BUT tonight is a time to celebrate because they got a steal IMHO at the 29th pick: someone who’ll contribut this year and has a chance to grow into s respected NBA starter, which would be an amazing thing to have backing-up Derrick Rose going forward … championship teams NEED reserves of the highest caliber (Toni Kukoc, Udonis Haslem, Robert Horry, etc …)
I’ve been an NBA fan since my childhood following the Bulls dynasty, and started studying Economics at Colgate in 2003. In 2007 I found a way to connect the two, making an independent study on “Determinants of Success in the NBA” my last semester of school. I wrote a short paper, but unfortunately did not finish my research.
Post-graduation I have submitted to two conferences on sports statistics, each of which has turned me down on the fair grounds that its not clear I’ve finished my research. Recently I have been taking notes about my big curiosity, “How to build an NBA dynasty” but have yet to make it into a formal research paper.
These ideas have been on my mind lately, because I am thinking about submitting work for the next Sloan Sports conference in March 2012. The internet gave me a helpful push on how linking basketball and econ can be done well (albeit not academically) via Malcolm Gladwell‘s first piece for Grantland “‘Psychic Benefits’ and the NBA Lockout“. I particularly like how he takes current economic theory and writes in a way that’s accessible to everyone.
In a recent academic paper, the economist Jonathan Lanning has also shown that almost without exception integration in the 1940s and 1950s had an immediate and significant positive impact on a team’s attendance — even in cities where you might not think the fan base would be enthusiastic. Lanning calculates, in fact, that almost no team in baseball had as much to gain financially from bringing in black players as the Red Sox, particularly since they were losing money in the 1940s. Yawkey’s bigotry left millions of dollars on the table.
Gakkō no ato boku wa ban gohan ni ite.
After school I was going to eat dinner.
Boku no gaku sei wa iku onaji no hoko gurai soshite-ra boku-tachi shaberu NBA no no purēofu. Sugoku ureshi. Gaku sei shi teru Take-san NBA no no senshu. Ga uku sei wa kanashii dakara kare wa suki bosutonserutikkusu. Kare kange iru rai nen serutikkusu wa NBA no fainaru deki nai.
My students was going in about the same direction, so we talked about teh NBA playoffs. It was really happy. My student knew man NBA players. My student was sad, becasue he likes the Boston Celtics. He thinks next year the Celtics cannot get to the NBA Finals.
Following yesterday’s failure-before-it-began-printing-episode (see update at bottom of the entry) my first outside home task today was mailing the issues that were meant to be sent out yesterday. Hated myself when I woke up today because I was up so late last night, but gradually got myself moving and got the issues sent out.
Next stop was an early lunch at McDonald’s. After ordering I went to use the facilities, and was surprised to see Game 5 of the NBA Finals on the tube. There was about a minute left in the game. I was unsure about whether or not to eat my food after I picked it up while I was watching. McDonalds has been a holy meal for me since childhood, even more so later in life once I stopped going on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. I like to focus all of my attention on the meal. Part of it to, is getting the food to go, allowing it time to marinate in the brown paper bag and be perfect to eat once I arrive at home. Splitting it with the NBA Finals would obviously harm both. But, there I was with the hot food and the game in the last minute, meaning I’d be watching for at least ten more minutes.
Flustered, I decided just to go on and eat. Went with the Big Mac, because my usual staple two hambrugers are not served with mustard here in China, which is a problem. Same as the last time I ordered a Big Mac, the cheese was not properly melted, indicating it had not been prepared with love, a disapponting sign. To make matters worse, my large fry was filled about an inch or two below the top of the fry-holder (what’s the correct word for that thing?) and, MOST TERRIBLE OF ALL, I was only given two ketchup packets. This is something all the McDonald’s I’ve patronized outside America just do not understand, you need lots of fucking ketchup to properly enjoy McDonalds. They give you their one or two packets and expect you to be satisfied.
If you start at ten, perhaps I won’t ask for more.
The plus of the meal was a recent change I’ve made from my usual coke to a vanilla milk shake to wash it down. I really like the mellow aftertaste the shake leaves in your mouth coating the other food, and McDonald’s shakes are not so thick that they leave you extremely bloated afterwards.
McDonald’s Meal Rating: 4 out of 10
The last minute of the game was similarly disappointing, as, much as I hate to admit it, I am cheering for the Lakers. I think Jackson is basketball spritual’s leader whom I will always support for the work he did in Chicago, and I have so much respect for the amount of hard work Kobe has put into his career. I feel he deserves to be rewarded.
Bonehead play I observed was when Artest had a breakaway he decided to slow down and try to draw the foul instead of slamming it home. Getting cute would’ve been nice if he also could’ve gotten the bucket, but he did not and then he missed the free throws. I was shocked to watch the win sealed on Garnett’s inbound to Pierce “‘showing off my Randy Moss and my Brady the whole play,’ Pierce said. ‘I was Randy when I caught it; then Brady’” (from the AP) touch-passing to Rondo who somehow scored seemingly behind and under the basket. I really like Rondo’s game, as does everyone now. Difference is, I wrote about it back in October of 2007.