We’re scheduled to set up the new forum next Tuesday. I don’t know how long it will take until we can launch, but we’re nearing.
What sub-forums would you be interested in having? Right now I’m thinking one for Rockets, one for general NBA, and one for general discussion. Of course, I’m open to suggestions and typically a fan of tyranny of the majority.
I feel that an essential requisite to a quality discussion forum is strict moderation. I absolutely do not want the level of discourse to devolve into childish garbage. That just ruins the fun and drives off the quality posters. In that vein, shoot me an e-mail if you would be interested in being a moderator. I think me and the staff here should be able to handle things but I might be looking for an extra hand.
Let me know if you have any other suggestions. I’m open to anything.
Defensive prowess, especially exclusively defensive talent, is as misrepresented as anything in the minds of basketball fans. Freakish, compelling defenders often find themselves relegated to “workman” status, not able to have their considerable abilities recognized as easily as the juicy offensive numbers that add up to giant salaries for their offensive counterparts; that’s why performances like that of Chuck Hayes Wednesday night against Amar’e Stoudemire and the New York Knicks are so important. These kinds of showcases in which a figurative spotlight drops on two figures battling each other for position and space provide the snapshot, the highlights, that a brilliant defender often can’t without Serge-Ibaka-styled blocks or beyond-sold-out-Trevor-Ariza-like steals that lead to one-man breakaways. Read More »
So I’ve been writing for a couple months now, experimenting with a few different angles related to NBA statistics. If I had to break it down, I would say original research, player evaluation, team evaluation, and interpretive analysis are perhaps the main subcategories. After watching the old MIT Sports Analytics Conference videos again the other night, I was reminded of the many different uses for and application of advanced statistical measures in the NBA. It is both exciting and frustrating to know that there are brilliant minds in this league with superior resources to my own, including time, manpower, finances, and intellectual capacity. It is perhaps easy to show humility in the wake of a driven billionaire like Mark Cuban, who was passionate enough about advanced basketball metrics to become a prominent investor in Synergy Sports.