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

Summer Sixers Recap: Philadelphia finishes 1-2 in Utah

It may be the middle of the summer, but #SummerSixers were in full force this past week or so, finishing up their three-game stretch in the Utah Summer League. After falling to the host Jazz team last night, 84-78 in overtime, they will now look to focus on the most important part of summer league: Las Vegas. But, before they move into that, let’s recap a bit and give an overview and analysis of how … Continue reading

Sixers fall to Spurs in Utah Summer League opener

Most Sixers fans only turned on the TV Monday night to watch Jahlil Okafor play his first game as a member of the team. They were likely not disappointed. Okafor put up 20 points, nine rebounds and two blocks on the night, but it still wasn’t enough to take down the Spurs in Salt Lake City. He had a bit of a rough start, going 3/11 in the first half, but he bounced back with … Continue reading

Recap and analysis of the Sixers picks in 2015 NBA draft

I’m not going to lie, nothing seemed to go the Sixers’ way last night during the NBA draft. I can’t help but feel a bit underwhelmed with what they came away with. The Lakers threw a wrench into their plans when they selected Ohio State point guard D’Angelo Russell with the second pick in the draft, despite many rumors that the Lakers were “locked in” at drafting Jahlil Okafor. Here’s a recap and analysis of … Continue reading

What moves the Sixers could make on draft night

For 82 games, Sixers fans have to sit through the season already knowing the outcome of the season: that they’re going to be one of the worst teams in the league. Two days of the entire calendar year, though, Sixers fans can come together and have something real to be excited about: the lottery selection and the NBA draft. Everyone prayed to the lottery gods for #OneSixEleven to happen, but only one of their first … 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

Was it beneficial to trade away Jrue Holiday? Comparison of him and Michael Carter-Williams

The Sixers began to turn their roster upside down back in 2013 when they traded their starting point guard Jrue Holiday and the 42nd pick in the 2013 draft (Pierre Jackson) for Nerlens Noel and a 2014 first round pick. Fans were left in confusion as to what they were doing, trading away arguably the best player on their team for a pick and a guy who was still injured. What they didn’t realize was that it … Continue reading

Why the Sixers need to stop taking 3-pointers…now

Unless the excessive amount of 3-pointers is part of the Sixers’ elaborate plan to tank and finish with one of the worst records, they need to stop taking so many of them. It’s killing their shooting percentage and wastes possessions. Most of all, it’s allowing these young players to develop bad habits of just jacking up a 3 whenever they want instead of moving the ball around and looking for a better shot. The Sixers … Continue reading