Thoughts on Walter Payton and what people are willing to overlook in star athletes

Walter Payton is one of the greatest running backs in NFL history. His importance to the game of football is cemented forever, and the league even named its “Man of the Year” award after him. The amount of times he went out of his way to sign an autograph, talk with a young fan, or help out a teammate is beyond any athlete I’ve ever heard. It’s no question why so many people loved him. … Continue reading

NFL Coach Hot Seat Thermometer: Post-Week 7 Edition

An NFL coach’s job security can seemingly change drastically week to week. Whether it’s so-called analysts calling for a coach’s head after a brutal loss, or if it’s the coach himself saying he deserves to be fired, the thermometer of a coach’s seat is always changing. Naturally, though, some coaches are closer to being fired than others. If a coach loses one bad game, it seems unlikely that he would be fired compared to the … Continue reading

NBA teams’ spending efficiency: dollars over salary floor per win

Recently, I published my third annual spending efficiency report for each NBA team, measuring each franchise’s “dollars per win” in the 2015-16 season. One interesting comment I received was that the analysis would be more informative if instead of dollars per win, it was “dollars over the salary floor” per win. Only one team (the Trail Blazers) was below the salary floor, and they still managed to make the playoffs, so they would end up … Continue reading

Measuring the spending of NBA teams in 2015-16: dollars per win

I don’t write about the NBA often, especially about things other than the Philadelphia 76ers, but when I do, it’s mostly about analytics. That’s what my annual “dollars per win” pieces are about. If you’re unfamiliar with these pieces, my article on the 2013-14 season is here and the one on the 2014-15 season is here. The last two years, I calculated each team’s dollars/win at the all-star break as well as the end of the … Continue reading

Measuring the spending of NBA teams in 2014-15: dollars per win (end of year edition)

The playoffs are already in full swing, but let’s take a break from the action and take a look at how efficient NBA teams were at spending this year. As I did last year and at the All-Star break this year, I measured the spending of NBA teams by calculating their dollars per win. After updating all the teams’ win totals and salaries, I recalculated their dollars per win to determine how they did by the … Continue reading

Measuring the spending of NBA teams in 2014-15: dollars per win

To some teams, spending more money means a higher chance that the team will win more games. In other sports, this has proven to sometimes be true and sometimes be false. The NBA is not exempt from this. Last year, the Knicks and Nets had two of the highest payrolls in the league, but were both average or worse as a team. Plus, they were in the eastern conference, which has been very weak in … Continue reading

Do NFL QBs really deserve their contracts? (2014)

Every year that passes proves that the game of American football is becoming more and more of a quarterback’s game. They have always been the clear leader on the offense (and sometimes the whole team), but quarterbacks have become more and more important to a team’s success and production. Teams are recognizing that and paying their quarterbacks accordingly though. The point is, it’s getting out of control. This is my second annual installment of the … Continue reading

NBA 2013-2014 Top 50 players

Here are my rankings for the top 50 players in the league. They use the same scoring system as I did for all of the individual position lists, I just compiled them and found the 50 players with the highest score. Here’s the list in increasing order of ranking: 50. PG Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs Stats: 16.7 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 5.7 APG 49. PF Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets Stats: 13.7 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 1.2 … Continue reading

NBA 2013-2014 position rankings: centers #1-10

10. Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic Stats: 14.2 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 1.8 APG Vucevic is quickly establishing himself as one of the top centers in the league and a guaranteed double double. It was his second year in a row averaging a double double. His rebounding numbers dropped a bit, but his scoring increased a bit as well. He missed a whole stretch of games due to an injury last year though, but I expect him … Continue reading

NBA 2013-2014 position rankings: centers #11-20

20. J.J. Hickson, Denver Nuggets Stats: 11.8 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 1.4 APG Hickson came in as the starting center for Denver after an injury took out Javale McGee for the rest of the season, and he excelled. In his first year for the Nuggets he averaged close to a double double in 69 games and 52 starts. His stats did decrease a little bit from two years ago when he was in Portland and averaged … Continue reading