Heard It Through the Grapevine

Posted by Rob Mahoney on August 6, 2010 under xOther | 3 Comments to Read

  • If you haven’t noticed, I’ve installed the Disqus comment system, which is a much better format for conversation/interaction/response. Sign up for an account if you’d like and if you haven’t already, and play around with the functions and settings.
  • Tom Haberstroh calculated the league’s top bargains by using WARP2 (Kevin Pelton’s updated version of WARP, or wins above replacement player) and contract values. One Mav came up pretty high on the list. It wasn’t Dirk Nowitzki, who is undoubtedly Dallas’ top producer independent of salary. It wasn’t Rodrigue Beaubois, who generated a ton of points on a measly contract. It was frequent scapegoat Jason Kidd, who is a veritable WARP-generating machine.
  • A few follow-ups on yesterday’s post regarding new positional designations: The Thunder (courtesy of Royce Young), the Knicks (courtesy of Seth Rosenthal), and the Rockets (courtesy of Tom Martin). Great player classifications and questions all around.
  • Mark Cuban, on his blog: “What I have learned in 11 years in the sports business is that the dumbest guys in the room are always the media guys. Some do a decent job of reporting, most just spew opinions.  And those opinions change more often than they brush their teeth. So what the media was saying was of zero impact or influence on what i was going to do. Listening to the media only increases your odds of failing at whatever you are doing.  So I ignore them.”
  • Condolences.
  • Aykis Yerocostas of Pick and Scroll has been profiling the unsung heroes of each NBA team, and his pick for the Mavs is Shawn Marion: “Age and injuries have slowed down the Matrix from his stellar Phoenix days, but he’s still a player that can have a big impact on the court.  He’s a stellar rebounder for his position (career 21.2 DRB%, although only 15.2% last year), and a good defender too.  Last year when he was on the court, Dallas performed 3.3 pp100 better on offense, and 3.5 pp100 better on defense.  His very good FG% comes from his great shot selection, as he tends to take the majority of his shots around the rim or from less than 10 feet.  He’s very good at taking care of the ball (10.6 TOV%), and playing defense without fouling.”
  • Raef LaFrentz, the recipient of one of the worst contracts in recent NBA history.