Every week we talk about sports, primarily the NBA. If you're looking for advanced stats, snarky analysis, and all the sports talk you could ask for? You're in the right place!
WCF Lakers vs. Nuggets 3
We're all about the second round of the NBA playoffs, including the Nuggets ridiculous 3-1 comeback. Can they take down the Lakers, who have a history of destroying them? Well, we talk about it with special guest Chris Yeh.
Analytics Pickup #2: Biggest What Ifs in NBA history
We play our regular game: Analytics Pickup where we each provide a set of answers to a question and then draft the top six.
Today's question: "What are the biggest almost events in NBA history that would have had huge ramifications."
We always start out with an example, which, this week, also won the game. Spoilers below on the winning entries, so don't scroll down if you don't want them ruined. And tune in for the other answers as well as some that didn't make the cut!
1. Steve Ballmer buys the Sonics and keeps the in Seattle.
2. The NBA copies the ABA and allows underclassmen and high schoolers straight into the NBA in the 60s.
3. Michael Jordan doesn't retire in 1993.
4. The Orlando Magic roll "lucky 7s" in the Summer of 2000 and get a healthy Grant Hill, Tracy McGrady, Tim Duncan, and maybe even Ben Wallace on their squad.
5. The ABA successfully signs Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to the New York Nets.
6. The Philadelphia 76ers keep Sam Hinkie after the Ben Simmons draft.
The Truth about Tracy McGrady (Article)
We look at Tracy McGrady's most impactful 33 seconds and how they represent his entire career:
Basketball-Reference link of the game.
BBallBreakdown's Video on Tracy McGrady's Effortless Scoring.
Boxscore Geeks: Tracy McGrady's Career Wins Produced
Outro Music is Pure Magic by Chris Haugen -- thanks YouTube Public Domain Music!
Analytics Pickup #1: Forgotten but Effective NBA Strategies
We play a geeky analytics game. Dre and an "opponent" each come with five NBA ideas on a theme. We list each person's idea, discuss it, then "draft" our top six (starting five and a bench general).
Today's topic was "Forgotten but Effective NBA Strategies."
This was a "pilot" episode, so we had some sound and rules issues, but in the end, a ton of fun, so we're sure we'll be doing it again!
Ruby Gobert, The Orlando Bubble, and a few metaphors
We talk: The NBA 's Florida Bubble plan in Disneyworld. We hope we're wrong but we're not optimistic about it. Good podcast with Ari Caroline at TrueHoop about it - https://www.truehoop.com/p/bring-it-in-ari-caroline.
We talk Paul George's reason for leaving Indiana (because, topical!) and why he was right but it's a problem the NBA has always had and will continue to have.
We talk about how with no basketball being played "comparing" players gets interesting. For instance, Donovan Mitchell vs. Rudy Gobert become a much different topic.
Deconstructing Michael Jordan's Last Dance
We review MJ's career including:
How MJ is properly rated -- for the wrong reasons.
How underrated some of MJ's teammates were.
How the NBA and the Spurs gifted MJ his second three-peat.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Great analysis but tend to ramble
I love their analysis and look forward to listening every week. Their analysis is based on transparent metrics, they are willing to re-evaluate their opinions if the evidence does not support them, and they clearly also love the game.
The main negative is that they tend to ramble. It would be a better show if they spent a little more time organizing their thoughts.
Best Basketball Podcast!
The hosts are pioneers in basketball analytics, and are entertaining too!
Some good points but flawed
They make some good points but are stubborn to accept shifts in the modern game. Refuse to admit lineup issues in Wins produced, for example they cannot explain the GS death lineup effectively despite being undersized so just summarily dismiss it.