The Boxscore Geeks Show: What if...?

Dre, Patrick, and Brian explore alternate universe scenarios for NBA history, what if things happened differently for Shaq, Kobe, Sabonis, and Schmidt?

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Kobe Bryant, Ayn Rand, the Avengers, and Popularity!

A running joke around this site is that the Oscar for best picture should just always go to the Avengers, or whatever other popular movie makes the most money at the box office. After all, isn't popularity the proof of the best in a meritocracy? Recently DeAngelo Russell had the gall to imply the Tracy McGrady might have been a better player than Kobe Bryant. By the Avengers test, this seems silly. Kobe trounces Tracy McGrady on every accolade known to man. But is Kobe vs. Tracy McGrady really a fair comparison? Or is it possible that other factories should be taken into account when comparing players?

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The Boxscore Geeks Show: Hey Man, Don't Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out

Patrick and Brian are back to discuss the recent position adjustment on boxscoregeeks.com, why was the change made and why do we even need position adjustments to evaluate player production in the first place?

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Position Fixes and Wins Produced

If you took a look at our numbers on our team pages, you might have noticed something odd: the "Expected Wins" was almost always much higher than the actual wins. Across the whole NBA, players produced a total of about 1450 wins. Since there are by definition only 1230 wins per season, this seems like a mark against the "WP48" metric, but it wasn't.

The real culprit was position allocation. In order for the position adjustment in the metric to work, any given team's minutes must be allocated equally across all five positions. As David Berri likes to put it, "Somebody has to play center." It turns out that many players had a very beneficial position in the BoxScore Geeks database, and this inflated their wins produced. Take, for example, Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was treated as a pure small forward, and had a very strong looking WP48 of .163. But if you look at the Bucks' depth chart, something starts to pop out at you -- they don't have a lot of minutes listed at "PF". Ersan Illyasova is the first "PF" listed, at 1319 minutes.

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The Boxscore Geeks Show: We Ignore the Obvious at our Peril

Dre and Brian go over the past week's NBA transactions (much to Dre's chagrin), and also the recently concluded The International 5 and why ESPN has pivoted so quickly on competitive gaming.

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