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Wednesday, August 05, 2015

OT: Monthly NBA Thread - August 2015

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA and that probably declined by 34.2% during August, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about: Game of Thrones and DOTA 2 The International

RollingWave Posted: August 05, 2015 at 12:08 AM | 152 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

OT: Monthly NBA Thread - July 2015

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about: America.

The District Attorney Posted: July 01, 2015 at 04:46 PM | 1720 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic

Monday, June 01, 2015

OT: Monthly NBA Thread - June 2015

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about: trusting the Red Sox process.

The District Attorney Posted: June 01, 2015 at 11:11 AM | 3045 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic

Friday, May 01, 2015

OT: Monthly NBA Thread - May 2015

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about: more trolling than ever.

Speaking of which, from Paul Pierce’s Twitter:

The District Attorney Posted: May 01, 2015 at 09:08 AM | 2927 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

OT: Monthly NBA Thread - April 2015

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about: service time clocks.

The District Attorney Posted: April 01, 2015 at 09:00 PM | 2183 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic

Monday, March 02, 2015

Deadspin: “Sports Analytics” Is Bullshit Now

To that end, yes, of course, some teams invest more in analytical personnel, and some do a better job of integrating that into strategy, tactics, and method on the field or court. But try naming some and why, specifically, they’re successful. You’ll get as far as an accommodating owner or infrastructure, like the Mavericks or Rockets enjoy, or the efficiency of scale the Red Sox or New York Yankees can sometimes employ in turning small-market tactics loose with big-market ruthlessness (and margin for error), but not much further. There’s a reason for that: the actual work of transcoding data to usable intelligence involves the most closely-kept industry secrets in sports, to the point that, as I heard it from some of the private analytics crowd, multiple NBA teams were furious last year when Kirk Goldsberry and the Harvard group made public their models for parsing SportVU data in a useful way. As a rule, no one shows their work; no one shows proofs or models or submits to peer review that extends beyond the trade deadline. Yes, it’s probable that the Rockets really do have some great quants working in-house—who, like the best quants at your local Evil Finance Operation, are likely kept chained in a dark room being fed graphing paper so competitors never learn their names—but that probability rests in the team’s proven record of turning observation into philosophy into decisions into on-court success. The irony is that for all the complications added to sports organizations over the last several years, because of those complications and their secrecy, simple old wins are just about the only honest metric available to the public by which to judge whether or not a team’s analytics department has done a good job.

That doesn’t mean no one tries to prove otherwise. In the absence of any way to check everyone’s homework for bullshit, it’s very easy to just praise the teams who seem most vociferous about abiding by the maxims of analytics as good-faith practitioners. Draft picks and youth are valuable; roster flexibility is key; defense is cheap, and maybe the new (or now just recent) inefficiency—all the little truisms distilled and disseminated in that ESPN analytics package are basically just talking points when coming from teams that promise they’ve done the math even if you can’t see it working yet.

As such, the analytics story right now isn’t just about a standard-issue business division being imparted divine powers by the media and the people who benefit from such coverage; it’s about right-minded and unverifiable claims being attached to all manner of disasters as a way of reassuring fans that they shouldn’t worry, that there is a plan, and that the plan is based on smart-people things.

But seriously, the Mariners are still working on that state-of-the-art weight room.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 02, 2015 at 10:15 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: 76ers, astros, deadspin, nba, sports analytics

OT: Monthly NBA Thread - March 2015

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about: the Great War.

The District Attorney Posted: March 02, 2015 at 01:06 PM | 1590 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic

 

 

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