The NBA draft is probably the most important event of the year when it comes to building for a franchise’s future. The difference between drafting Derrick Rose vs. drafting Michael Beasley translates into tens, if not hundreds, of millions of dollars of franchise value (even despite Rose’s recent injury woes). Of course, the NBA draft … More Defense, Risk-Aversion and the NBA Draft: Which Prospects are Overrated and Which Prospects are Underrated?
After a rocky past two years together, the Boston Celtics finally pulled the trigger and traded mercurial All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo, along with forward Dwight Powell, to the Dallas Mavericks for Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, and two draft picks. The Celtics also received a $12.9 million trade exception from the deal.
This upcoming NBA season will mark the Toronto Raptors’ 20th anniversary of joining the league, as well as the second year in the Drake era. Aubrey “Drake” Graham, Grammy Award winning singer and rapper, was nine years old during the Raptors inaugural season in 1995-1996. The Canadian entertainer was brought aboard the franchise before the … More Can Drake Bring the Jay-Z/Nets Strategy to Toronto?
The Wizards are arguably a top 10 team in the NBA right now, and are arguably a much better team than they were during the Gilbert Arenas-Caron Butler-Antawn Jamison-era. One thing is for sure though: they have been more successful in the playoffs, nearly beating the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. However, the … More Out with the Old, In with the New
The 2013-2014 San Antonio Spurs are arguably one of the greatest teams ever assembled, not just in basketball history, but in all of sports. The reasons range from obvious to subtle, but, in the end, it is their overwhelming team synergy that places them over nearly every other team that has hoisted a championship trophy.
It is very unlikely that the NBA draft is rigged in any way. There is just not enough incentive for the NBA to rig the draft (especially for a city like Cleveland) and have it be a viable business strategy. Of course, that doesn’t stop the outcry among NBA fans that the lottery is purposefully … More A Bayesian Approach to Draft Rigging
There has been a lot of discussion regarding the findings of this FiveThirtyEight article praising the value of the steal in the evaluation of players (in the piece, a steal is even claimed to have the value equivalent of 9.1 points in terms of irreplaceability). The biggest question regarding the analysis appears to be this: … More Steals, Regularized Adjusted Plus-Minus, and Ignoring Position
When Anthony Davis was drafted with the first overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, it was expected that he would become an impact player on the defensive side of the court. A late growth spurt in high school resulted in a unique skillset not befitting a man of his size. After dominating in his … More A Block Party on Bourbon Street
Kevin Pelton joined ESPN Insider as an NBA analyst in January 2013. Along with Tom Haberstroh, he writes the daily “Per Diem” column covering the NBA using advanced statistical analysis. Pelton developed the WARP rating system and SCHOENE projection system for the NBA. Previously, Pelton served as an author for BasketballProspectus.com since the site’s inception … More Q&A with Kevin Pelton, NBA Analyst at ESPN Insider
Greg Kershaw is a basketball operations coordinator for the Washington Wizards. He began as an intern with the team for the 2009-2010 season. A native of Brockton, Massachusetts, Greg graduated from The George Washington University in 2007. Greg received his Master’s in Sports Industry Management from Georgetown University in 2010, and currently serves on the … More Q & A with Greg Kershaw, Basketball Operations Coordinator with the Washington Wizards