Are Stats Fans Sports Fans?

Dave Berri has a fun piece up at Crooked Scoreboard titled "Why Statistical Analysis Makes Sports Fans Unhappy." As always, Dave is insightful and takes a few swings at some old favorites including Melo and Kobe. 

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The Boxscore Geeks Show: All the Stars!

This week's show is all about that All-Star game!

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Maybe it's time to redefine what a star is

When the 2015 All-Star game starters were announced, the Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors both sat atop their respective conferences. Halfway through the season, neither team has hit double digits in losses. And yet, according to the voters, the two teams only have one clear-cut All-Star between the two of them. The "Yay! Points!" thesis is nothing new – fans have overvalued points for years. But perhaps, after years and years of data, it's time to redefine what makes a player a star.

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The Boxscore Geeks Show: Stealing Your Thunder

We talk bad management in the NBA, which means we spend a lot of time talking the Thunder. Also, are the Hawks truly "starless?"

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Enough with James Harden vs. Russell Westbrook already!

Just a couple of seasons ago the Oklahoma City Thunder made the NBA finals, and – with a core of players including Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka, and James Harden, all 23 years old or younger – they were poised to be a contender for years to come. Now they're in danger of going back to the draft lottery. When things go well for teams, people tend to ignore their mistakes – for example, Adam Morrison was signed by the Lakers when they won a title! But when things go poorly for teams, that's when fingers get pointed. The Thunder traded Harden away for basically nothing, and this season he's an MVP favorite. It's easy to go back in time and say "they should have taken him over Westbrook." Heck, even I've done that. However, if we dig into history, we should realize that that's the wrong narrative. In the end, fans of the Sonics/Thunder should be even madder.

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