Replacement Level Players
Nate Silver started off the WaR discussion using a bit of flawed logic.
Patrick posted a reply to the problems with this.
This brought in some SABR folks to give bad analysis.
And finally Dave Berri, who has a PhD in economics and is a tenured professor, wrote a long piece explaining the philosophies and pitfalls with WaR
Which lead to even more bad (but agreeable) analysis from SABR
We had much more to say on the subject, of course!
Being "average" in the NBA is valuable, as becoming a top NBA athlete is difficult.
If a super "rare" player is available, you take the deal!
In terms on "minimum wage" players, there's tons of salary constraints due to the CBA.
Even overseas players are not as easily attainable as you might think, thanks to FIBA.
The D-League players that have come to the NBA haven't really been that stellar. In short, the D-League isn't a "replacement" level factory.
And of course college players have restrictions on when they can join the NBA and which teams they can sign for.
Basically, there are not just "free markets" to tap for "replacement players".
Something many don't consider is the opportunity cost a player imposes. Every dollar they cost, minute they play, and shot they take is coming from another player.
Excellent quote by Patrick
"If you come at me and tell me something that is factual wrong, and call me dumb for my point of view, then my tolerance level to have an actual, rational conversation with you is going to be pretty low."
We've been on the Kevin Love bandwagon for a while.
We had quite a long discussion about the ridiculous concept of players "padding their stats" and defense. Tune in to listen.
The Wolves were an above average team in defense last season, for what that's worth.
A "defense" of Klay Thompson is his defense on Golden State, which again, I don't agree with.
Nick Haugen (@HaugenND) and TangoTiger! Thanks for being a great fan and inspiring good work, respectively.