Wiggins Watch: Celtics tank barrels over competition, predicted to take Embiid in latest mock

Five more games. Five more times rooting against the Celtics before not doing it again for (hopefully) a really long time. It has been a long, difficult season, but the light at the end of the tunnel is appearing. Five games left, and then we get to enjoy the playoffs as bystanders (not the way we want to enjoy them, but it's fun not to have every game be life or death) before...
Via Celtics Life
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Wiggins Watch: Another winless week by the Celtics puts them in good position in tank rank

The stretch run is here. After weeks and months of analyzing the top college basketball players, there are only four teams remaining, and only one elite NBA prospect is still playing (Julius Randle). Every other top ten pick is now done, with several declaring/on the verge of declaring for the NBA draft. Including: Likely number one pick Andrew Wiggins. Fellow top three pick Joel...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Playing the Odds: Everything we know about the Cavaliers and analytics

Where numbers and charts collide with the “eyes and ears” of NBA decision making Have you ever watched the movie 21? The one about the MIT poker players who got rich quick? It was mostly real, if you didn’t know. The movie was based on a 2003 book titled Bringing Down the House, written by Ben Mezrich. Back then, Mezrich was not the incredibly successful writer he is today...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

NBA Power Rankings: Week 9

Boasting the NBA's highest scoring offense (108.4 PPG) and it's most efficient offense (110.5 by John Hollinger's team stats), the Portland Trail Blazers stake their claim as the best team in the NBA this week. The top-five has finally changed and there could be a new mainstay to the upper echelon of elite teams if the L.A. Clippers keep their NBA-best winning streak...
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December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Weekly Rankings are Out - Celtics on the Move

The Celtics are moving up in the weekly Power Rankings and down in the Tank Rankings. Let's start with Chad Ford's Tank Rank. The Celtics have said right from the beginning that they aren't tanking. No one believed them at first but they are starting to make believers out of even the most staunch tankers. The Celtics had moved down to #7 last week and have moved 2...
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December 09, 2013  |  Discuss

According to computer simulations, Celtics have a 50.8% chance of making the playoffs

Here's what we know at the unofficial quarter mark of the Boston Celtics season: 1. They're not that good - They're 8-12, and by winning percentage, that makes them the 21st best team in basketball. They've also been very fortunate in the scheduling department thus far, playing the 27th most difficult (or 4th easiest) schedule in the NBA this season (their opponents...
Via Celtics Life
December 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Checking out the Power Rankings: An Inexact Science

 We checked out Chad Ford's Tank Rank and now we are checking out the Power Rankings.  First up is John Hollinger's Power Rankings that are scientifically arrived at by statistics.  With a rating of  95.257, the Celtics are ranked 22nd on this list.   They are down just a little from last week's 96.351 rating.In Marc Stein's Power Rankings, the Celtics drop...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Grizzlies' Front Office 'Aggressively' Suggesting Lineups To Dave Joerger

Dave Joerger is receiving considerable direction from the Memphis Grizzlies' front office, according to sources. Robert Pera and John Hollinger are strong proponents of advanced statistics. “They’re suggesting lineups,” said one league source. “Aggressively.” One scout said, “It looked as if Joerger was trying to put his stamp on them and the players resisted. They...
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November 27, 2013  |  Discuss

The New-Look Memphis Grizzlies? That Experiment Didn't Last Long

With a 30-something Silicon Valley owner, a former agent as CEO, a stat geek as VP of basketball operations and a first-time head coach, the Memphis Grizzlies are very much the new model for NBA franchises. Not surprisingly, they hoped to play more of a trendy style as well. Only that’s not happening any time soon. At least not as long as Zach Randolph is their best player. ...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 26, 2013  |  Discuss

What's Cookin'? - NBA Weekly Roundup

Setting the Pace   After two weeks of the NBA season, there’s just one undefeated team remaining. No it’s not the defending champs nor is it a team from out West. Instead, it’s the grind-it-out, defense-first Indiana Pacers.   Sitting at 8-0 they’re the only team in the Eastern Conference that doesn’t have at least three losses already. You know how stingy their defense...
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November 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Missner's Manifesto: Su-PER Man

(Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)   A few weeks ago, I was thinking about doing a study on how draft picks performed in the NBA, but I needed a benchmark to figure out whether a player had made it or not. I decided to look at John Hollinger’s PER ratings on ESPN. The ratings only go back to 2002-03, but that was enough data to notice a trend. Rather than using All-NBA teams...
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July 22, 2013  |  Discuss

What the firing of Lionel Hollins means for the NBA

The Memphis Grizzlies have opted to not renew coach Lionel Hollins’ contract. While Hollins did lead the team to 56 wins and an appearance in the Western Conference Finals, there was somewhat of a disconnect between Hollins and the front office.The Grizzlies front office is starting to rely more and more on sabermetrics, as evidenced by their hiring of statistical guru John Hollinger...
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June 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Hollins stays quiet as Grizzlies hold pre-draft workouts

MEMPHIS -- The man in the middle of Memphis firestorm was present for pre-draft workouts Wednesday. Read into it what you will, because he didnt say anything to aid the conversation. Five draft prospects worked out for 90 minutes in front of Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins, director of player personnel and basketball development Stu Lash and vice president of basketball operations...
Via Fox Sports Tennessee
June 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Grizzlies VP only ESPN expert picking Spurs to win West

The only ESPN expert correctly predict the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals? John Hollinger, current Vice President of Basketball Operations … for the Memphis Grizzlies. (SB Nation) To quote Homer J. Simpson: “it seems the cat burglar was caught my the very man trying to catch him.” Quote Principal Seymour Skinner (dryly) “how ironic.” I’m not showing you this graphic...
Via The Sports Bank
May 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Memphis Grizzlies VP Made Ironic Finals Prediction

Memphis Grizzlies Vice President of Basketball Operations John Hollinger predicted that the San Antonio Spurs would make it to the NBA Finals. However, this was done back in October when he was still working for ESPN. He did not realize that it would be his current employer, the Grizzlies, who would end up getting swept by the Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. Luckily, Hollinger...
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May 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Kendrick Perkins Delivers the Worst Playoff PER in NBA History

Say what you want about John Hollinger's player efficiency rating. While it might not be the holy grail of advanced statistics, it's generally a good indicator of production. And when a player manages to have a negative rating over an entire postseason, you can be absolutely certain that he was horrible. Kendrick Perkins had a PER of -0.7 in 11 playoff games for the Thunder...
Via Celtics Life
May 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Kendrick Perkins 2013 Playoffs: 24 turnovers, 24 points, 39 Fouls & a Plus/Minus -40

I am not big on PER and Sabermetrics, I prefer to just use my eyes, but I do know that it is very difficult to have a -0.7 PER, which according to ESPN, is the worst in the history of the NBA Playoffs. In case you were wondering PER stands for Player Efficiency Rating. It was created by ESPN John Hollinger, who ironically works for the Grizzlies now. Here is how he defines it. The...
Via BlackSportsOnline
May 16, 2013  |  Discuss

WFNY Stats & Info: Mavericks closing in on Lakers in West

The NBA regular season concludes in just 20 days on Wednesday, April 17. Between now and then, boy, there’s going to be a whole lot of exciting back-and-forth action. Most notably as it relates to the Cavs besides their own draft position, fans should be paying attention to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference playoff race. Back on March 8, I shared an update about...
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March 28, 2013  |  Discuss

The Boots: NBA Draft Lottery, John Wall and winning streaks

In my usual half-rapid fire, half-prose form, I’m here today with another edition of The Boots. Again, for those unfamiliar with this feature, I assign loosely defined “Boot Up” or “Boot Down” votes to trending topics in the sports world. I’m feeling some Tuesday basketball talk today. Boot Up: #TankStrong — Stop me if you’ve heard this in the past few weeks: There’s...
Via Waiting For Next Year
March 26, 2013  |  Discuss

WFNY Stats & Info: Lakers’ chances of making playoffs

Over the last few days, I’ve seen several fans complaining on Twitter about why some fans are monitoring the Cavs’ draft position constantly. For me, it’s a fun task. I love draft talk. I even wrote a significant amount about the NBA Draft prospects last Saturday. But here’s another idea: How about we just stick to following the Lakers instead? The Cavs are currently tied...
Via Waiting For Next Year
March 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Lakers Only Team Without Representative At Sloan Conference

The baseball world has been taken back by the use of analytics, which introduced an entirely new way to look at the game. The basketball world has begun to catch on, following innovation from guys like John Hollinger. Kobe Bryant and the Lakers probably aren’t very interested in In Boston over the past few days, basketball geeks from around...
Via Pass The Pill
March 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Hollinger: Grizzlies Have No Immediate Plans To Install SportVU Cameras

John Hollinger has been a central figure in the field of basketball analytics.
Via RealGM
March 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers Odds Of Making The Playoffs

The Portland Trail Blazers have a 2.8% chance of making the playoffs, according to basketball stat-nerd John Hollinger at The Blazers best possible record is 46-36 and their worst is 27-55. doesn’t say much better. They have done 1,000 simulations of the remainder of the season. According to them, the Blazers have a 2.0% shot. Their best possible...
Via Oregon Sports News
February 28, 2013  |  Discuss

The Diff: Young guards and high usage rates

Thanks for indulging me with our little strikeout side trip last week. Now, I’m back at it with more basketball stats craziness. Hope you enjoy. In my first-ever edition of The Diff, I wrote about the potential of new All-Star Kyrie Irving. It started with a simple question: “Will Irving ever be a top 10 player in the NBA?” That specific topic aside, there were some deep...
Via Waiting For Next Year
February 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Wojnarowski: Hollinger behind Butler signing resulting in Scola trade

NBA minds far and wide consider the San Antonio Spurs front office to be the best in the league since the late 90s. But ask any tried and true Spurs fan and they'll always point to the one that got away. Luis Scola. Regardless of the Spurs front office being able to handpick international talent like Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Tiago Splitter and Nando De Colo, making gutsy...
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February 01, 2013  |  Discuss

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