The BoxScore Geeks 2014/15 Portfolio's February Report

Before the season, I took a trip to Vegas and placed a bunch of money on various season-long NBA outcomes. You can read about the 2014/15 BoxScore Geeks Portfolio here. I promised monthly updates on how the portfolio is doing. This is the February update.

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The Boxscore Geeks Show: Testing Your Team

Some brief thoughts on the future of analytics. How do teams build contenders – and do you really need draft picks? Derrick Rose is out again, and what it means for the Bulls. Tune in for another action-packed Boxscore Geeks show!

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Remembering the Amazing Anthony Mason

Anthony Mason recently passed away. He left far too soon. Mason had a long storied career in the NBA. Looking into his numbers revealed an amazing and underrated part of the Knicks and NBA history.

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How to Write a Mainstream Speech on Analytics

Sloan is in effect, and sadly Patrick and I won't be in attendance. That means if you see Arturo you owe him three drinks instead of the requisite one! There is a YouTube Channel up so those of us at home can kind of follow along. While every year I get hopeful Sloan will provide the platform for quant thinking to break through, I often end up discouraged. It turns out there's a dance to doing "mainstream analytics." Here's a recipe I've cooked up should you ever need to do a speech on analytics that appeals to the masses.

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The "Easiest Way" to get a Big Three

We've discussed the methods title teams use to get their top player. It turns out the "they find them in the draft" myth was found wanting. As some astute readers pointed out, title teams often need multiple good players. So we expanded our net and looked at how teams acquired their core three players. And again, we find that the draft may not be the only place to look.

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