Archive for October, 2008

10-30-08 Recap

Cavaliers beat Bobcats: A discouraging start for the Bobcats for a couple of reasons. One, their power forward situation at the moment is pretty bad. Sean May started but played just 15 minutes and was 0-6. Two, the team invested a lot of money in Okafor, who’s not a bad player, but all […]

10-29-08 Recap

Raptors beat 76ers: An encouraging win for the Raptors. Bosh dominated and O’Neal played as well as Raptors fans could hope for. On the other end, the Sixers just couldn’t buy a bucket, shooting just 34.5% for the game. If it weren’t for 23 offensive rebounds, this game could have been even […]

What is a Possession?

by Ray Floriani
The study of possession-based statistics has to begin with a simple thought. What is a possession? To determine offensive/defensive efficiency and, more important, appreciate their significance, we must know our main component. A possession is simply the time a team has the ball. It could last ten seconds or it could last 45 […]

10-28-08 Recap

Celtics beat Cavaliers 90-85: New season, same story. Both teams played tough defense and LeBron James had no help. For the Cavs, Zydrunas Ilgauskas was mildly complimentary thanks to a bunch of free throws, but that’s about it in terms of scoring help for James. Mo Williams was somewhat disappointing in his […]

What to Expect from Basketball-Statistics during the Season

The NBA season kicks off tomorrow, and I couldn’t be more excited. Mostly because I just love basketball, but also because that means there’s so much more to talk about.
In order to ensure that you make this place a daily read, I’m going to update this blog daily with statistical recaps of […]

How Did Those Guys Do It?

The Boston Celtics were discussed ad nauseum last season, so I feel bad bringing them up, but they still baffle me. I think many people don’t realize how dominant their defense was last season. Their 98.6 defensive efficiency was three points better than the next closest team, a sizable margin.
Even more […]

Totally Subjective Predictions Part 2

Last time I did team predictions, so this time I’ll move onto the individual stuff:
Most Valuable Player: LeBron James
Best Offensive Player: Chris Paul
Best Defensive Player: Kevin Garnett
Rookie of the Year: Michael Beasley
Coach of the Year: Michael Curry
Most Improved Player: Rajon Rondo
Biggest Drop-off: Matt Harpring

Totally Subjective Predictions

Since I feel obligated to do this, I’m going to share my predictions for the upcoming season. But be warned: these predictions are not based on any complex statistics or computer models. These are purely subjective.
Eastern Conference Projected Order of Finish
1. Detroit Pistons
2. Boston Celtics
3. Philadelphia 76ers
4. Orlando Magic
5. Cleveland Cavaliers
6. Toronto Raptors
7. […]

Forecasting the 08-09 Bucks

I don’t want to sound too harsh, but the Milwaukee Bucks were bad last year. And by bad, I mean really bad. Their record, 26-56, was just the 7th worst in the NBA but their expected win percentage, based on points scored and points allowed, was 3rd worst. Realizing this, the team […]

The Best Blogs of the NBA

As you may or may not have noticed, there is a new feature at It’s called “NBA Blog Links.” On that page you’ll find links to 76 different blogs that I have selected as must-reads for each team. So check it out. You won’t be able to keep up with […]