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On Stats and Things.

I've been thinking about all this condescension towards advanced stats.

The thing is, they aren't that advanced. its just box scores.

Take this article for one

The Blazers has Paul Allen as the owner. Owner is a geek. He was one of the founders of Microsoft. There are few juicy tidbits.

1. Blazers had one of the first analytics team and yet they picked Greg Oden.

2. The head of their analytics team was Jeff Ma. if they had listened to him, they would have had Kevin Durant and Kevin Love.

3. Not many guys in the NBA crunch numbers. There are a handful that crunch it themselves and a lot that tolerate it. And then there are some that hate it.

4. At the end of the day, being a GM is stupid. Everything is still a gamble. The GM may be the fall guy but it's the president of operations that has the owner's ear. it's the president of operations that the owner trusts and won't toss out if a few draft choices weren't home runs.

The Know Your Prospects are nice but I think we shouldn't discount PAWS40 so much. It's got a really good track record. Again, It's nice to see a player's likes, dislikes, athletics workouts, and highlights, but the main thing are the decisions they make over 82+ games. A guard needs a good free throw rate. A forward needs to be able to rebound.

In fact, i think I'm going to rework my spreadsheets. Instead of going by what DX says their positions are, I think it might be best to label the particular box scores that are important to a position and use that to automatically generate whether or not they are a PG, SG, SF or Center.

Like Durant, the decision to play him as a small forward is interesting. A small forward has to defend the perimeter, rebound a little and play the wing. Durant is almost 7 feet tall but his college stats say he should play the wing.

Maybe Iyasova or Kevin Love should slim down and play small forward. Lol. Just a passing thought.

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