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January 15 - Darius Miles - at the crossroads
January 21 - Behind the rumors
January 29 - Grading the Class of 2002
February 3 - State of the team: Atlanta Hawks
February 10 - All-Star weekend is back
February 21 - One dimension, two dimension, three
February 25 - Re-evaluating Kobe Bryant
March 3 - State of the team: Chicago Bulls
March 10 - In defense of firing
March 17 - A question of age
March 18 - Storm clouds on the Milwaukee horizon
March 19 - Could the Knicks have the last laugh?
March 20 - Some free advice for NBA scouts
March 21 - Analyzing the NBA Draft
March 24 - Defensive thinking
March 25 - Fluke or breakout?
March 26 - Fixing the CBA
March 27 - The best of times, the worst of times
March 28 - A tournament of our own
March 31 - Impact rookies
April 3 - One size doesn't fit all
April 8 - Remembering Krause
April 14 - Obligatory awards column
April 18 - An exercise in futility
April 23 - The winner's curse
April 24 - System failure
May 6 - Turning point
May 8 - All his teams do is win games
May 20 - The last laugh
June 3 - Dear Mr. Vandeweghe
June 10 - A modest proposal
July 1 - Under the microscope - Gilbert Arenas
August 1 - On race in the NBA
August 8 - WNBA primer
August 28 - WNBA regular-season recap
September 2 - Re-evaluating Team USA
Where does this summer's Qualifying Tournament performance leave Team USA for 2004 and beyond?
September 4 - Ten Breakout Candidates
With fantasy football starting up, I'm in a mood for "breakouts" and "sleepers". Here are ten such NBA players I thought of for this season.
September 10 - Breakouts Past
What can looking at last year's statistical breakouts teach us about evaluating potential breakouts this season?
September 15 - Potpourri
Page 23 takes todayís column as an opportunity to flesh out some interesting (we hope) thoughts that donít merit their own columns.
September 17 - The Lessons of Summer
Fans and experts alike pointed to the summer of 2003 as an important one for the NBA for several years. Now that it's almost over, what have we learned about team-building?
November 17 - Review: Pro Basketball Prospectus 2003-04 Edition
A review of this year's effort from statistically-inclined author John Hollinger, as well as a discussion of similarity scores in basketball.
November 17 - The Leap
Overnight, Blazers forward Zach Randolph has gone from moderately-used reserve to legitimate star.
November 20 - Is There a Conference Effect?
There is no question that a team playing in the East has it easier than one in the West. Does this show up in individual players' statistics?
November 21 - The Anti-LeBron James
Unwanted in the 2002 Draft, Udonis Haslem has become one of the NBA's top rookies. Not only is his story inspirational, it is also instructional.
November 26 - Moving Beyond "Defense Wins Championships"
Studies on the relative value of offense and defense have tended the answer the question of championships while ignoring regular-season impacts. This column looks at things a little differently.
December 5 - Rookie Review: Part One
December 15 - Part Two
With a month of the season gone, taking the pulse of this year's complete rookie class (in two parts, alphabetically).
December 11 - Review: Basketball on Paper
A review of Dean Oliver's revolutionary textbook for the statistical analysis of basketball.
January 5 - The Other Surprise
If the season ended today, the Milwaukee Bucks would be a playoff team in the East. That's something a lot of people, myself included, didn't see happening.
January 7 - The Unsung Hero
The biggest reason why the Denver Nuggets are in the playoff hunt doesn't wear a jersey and hasn't scored a point this season.
January 9 - A Trade That Won't Soon Be Forgotten
Monday's Knicks-Suns trade could define both franchises in coming years . . . for better or worse.
January 15 - Happy Anniversary
It was a year ago I posted my first "Page 23" column. A look back at a fun 12 months.
January 15 - Analyzing LeBron
The traveling circus that is LeBron James' rookie season made its stop in Seattle earlier this week. This columnist not only had a front-row seat, he was part of the media sideshow.
January 22 - The Importance of Sample Size
(Or why your favorite team should not trade a player just because he goes 2-for-12 from the field one night.)
January 27 - The Custodian Cleans Up
Warriors forward Brian Cardinal has made the most of the opportunity he has received this season.
January 28 - Around the NBA
Nets axe Scott ... O'Brien resigns ... All-Star picks ... Miles for McInnis ... Brown breaks out?
January 29 - Interview With Roland Beech
Page 23 sits down with the founder of the innovative Web site 82games.com to ask him about how the site came about, what the reaction to it has been like, and where the site is going in the future.
February 4 - The Eddy Curry Conundrum
The Bulls center has gone from shooting a league-best 58% from the field last year to just 51.1%. What can understanding that teach us about statistics in general?
February 5 - Potpourri II
The validity of per-minute statistics ... Mapping point guards ... Dupree: From NBDL to the starting five.
February 10 - A Gamble They Had to Take
The Blazers came out of yesterday's blockbuster trade better off the court ... and on it as well.
February 17 - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Superstardom
The Sophomores may have emerged victorious in the got milk? Rookie Challenge, but their perception has declined in the last year. What went wrong?
February 23 - A Face for the NCAA or the NBA
During the first half of his rookie season, Toronto's Chris Bosh -- amongst others -- has proven he is physically and mentally ready for the NBA. Why would we want to deny him that right?
February 27 - Do Point Guards Develop Differently?
Conventional wisdom holds that point guards struggle as rookies before getting better. Do the numbers back that up?
March 2 - How Good is Emeka Okafor?
As his junior season nears its end, the hype is growing around UConn center and possible top pick of the NBA Draft Emeka Okafor. How does he stack up statistically?
March 4 - Jamison Finds His Niche
As a sixth man, the Mavericks forward may just be having a career year.
March 9 - The Value of an Idea
A recent article suggests that the power of sabermetrics in baseball may be weakening. Just what are the value and lifespan of an idea?
March 11 - The Economically Efficient NBA Team
How can an NBA team be efficiently constructed on the cheap?
March 17 - What is Replacement Level?
Estimating the ability of a so-called "replacement-level" player -- the kind you see populating the end of your favorite team's best -- is important to rating players. How good are replacement players?
March 18 - Measuring Offensive Efficiency
Many different measures are used to analyze how efficient NBA players are in terms of shooting the ball. How do they stack up?
March 25 - Sophomore Slumps?
A recent study indicates the so-called "sophomore slump" is a very real thing for baseball's Rookies of the Year. Does the same hold true in the NBA?
May 3 - The Last NBA Crusade
The search for the "Holy Grail" of NBA statistical rating systems has proven fruitless, but economist Dan T. Rosenbaum might just have created the best system yet.
May 10 - Playoffs No Longer Payton's Place
Despite a solid Game 3 against San Antonio, this has been a miserable playoffs for Gary Payton, and it's his own fault -- but that's okay with this GP fan.
May 11 - Why They Play the Games
Last night's epic Kings-Timberwolves tilt -- at least the last two minutes of regulation and overtime -- was a terrific reminder of what makes this game so great.
May 22 - The Future of NBA Statistics: Part One
How we rate NBA players using statistics is changing rapidly. To begin addressing the issue, "Page 23" looks at the shortcomings of the "old way", linear weights.
June 11 - The Lakers Aren't Losing, the Pistons Are Winning
A detailed look at Detroit's performance since trading for Rasheed Wallace reveals that the Pistons might just have been the better team in the NBA Finals all along.
June 14 - The Future of NBA Statistics: Part Two
The problems with linear weights are mostly at the defensive end of the court, so "Page 23" looks at some better ways to evaluate players defensively.
June 16 - Pistons Over Lakers in Hindsight
Trying to take a historical perspective to this year's NBA Finals, along with other random thoughts about the surprising outcome.
June 18 - The Future of NBA Statistics: Part Three
So if linear weights aren't the answer, what do we use instead?
June 21 - Expansion Draft Breakdown
There's no scenario more exciting for an armchair GM than starting a franchise from scratch. Here's an analytical breakdown of what I'd do tomorrow if I was Bernie Bickerstaff.
July 20 - Testing the Contract Year Theory
Why was Warriors center Erick Dampier so much better last year? Almost anyone will tell you it's because he was playing for a new contract. Is such an effect really evident amongst all free agents?
August 5 - Saying Goodbye is Never Easy
Well, it isn't.
2003/2004 Draft Scouting (part of page 23)
April 7 - Evaluating Big East NBA prospects
May 19 - Evaluating Pac-10 NBA prospects
May 20 - Evaluating C-USA NBA prospects
May 22 - Evaluating A-10/WAC NBA prospects
June 11 - Evaluating Big Ten NBA prospects
June 12 - Evaluating Big 12 NBA prospects
June 13 - Evaluating ACC NBA prospects
June 25 - Draft Preview Blowout
June 26 - Mock Draft
June 23 - 2004 Guards
June 24 - 2004 Forwards and Centers
2003/04 Free Agency Scouting (part of page 23)
July 3 - Free Agent Breakdown - Point Guards
July 7 - Free Agent Breakdown - Shooting Guards
July 8 - Free Agent Breakdown - Small Forwards
July 11 - Free Agent Breakdown - Power Forwards
July 16 - Free Agent Breakdown - Centers
July 6 - 2004 Centers
July 7 - 2004 Power Forwards
July 8 - 2004 Small Forwards
July 12 - 2004 Shooting Guards
July 27 - 2004 Point Guards
Transaction Analyses (part of page 23)
July 25 - June 27-July 24
August 25 - July 25-August 24
October 22 - August 25-October 21
February 20 - Trade Deadline Special
Breaking down yesterday's deadline deals as well as Sunday's Atlanta-Milwaukee-New York swap.
June 29 - June 10-29
Breaking down recent trades around the NBA, capped off by today's Tracy McGrady-Steve Francis seven-player blockbuster.
July 28 - July 1-27
Breaking down this month's deals, including Shaq to Miami, Gooden and Snow to Cleveland, and Van Exel to Portland.
2003 Page 23 Season Preview
October 23 - General NBA
October 28 - Pacific Division
October 28 - Midwest Division
October 31 - Central Division
November 3 - Atlantic Division
Top Ten by Position (part of Page 23)
September 22 - Top Ten Centers
September 24 - Top Ten Power Forwards
September 24 - Top Ten Small Forwards
September 25 - Top Ten Shooting Guards
October 13 - Top Ten Point Guards
The Sonics Report
March 14 - An introduction
March 19 - Streaking
March 22 - Microcosm
March 26 - Starting a new winning streak
April 3 - The first off-season edition
April 15 - Breaking news
April 20 - The clock strikes midnight
April 28 - All eyes on Wally
May 6 - Focus on the Glove
May 15 - Law and Order: Seattle SuperSonics division
May 21 - The Draft Lottery
June 1 - Lies, damn lies, and statistics
June 8 - Less than two weeks until the official off-season!
June 18 - The draft countdown
June 25 - NBA Draft extravaganza
June 29 - Draft recap and on to free agency
July 7 - Summer league preview
July 18 - Christmas delayed
July 31 - Surprise, surprise
August 1 - Center of attention
August 2 - Why not GP?
August 9 - Maybe no new players . . . but a new logo!
August 18 - Why not the Sonics?
August 29 - Dog days of summer
September 6 - Are we really pathetic?
September 12 - Gary Payton All-Star classic
October 8 - First open practice
October 11 - Preseason underway
October 16 - The dangers of reading too much into preseason games
October 21 - A Booth for two?
October 26 - Respect
October 29 - Opening night
November 2 - A sweet opener at the Key
November 11 - Jekyll and Hyde
November 16 - Hope despite a slow start
November 23 - One step forward, one step back
November 27 - The demise of Paul Westphal
December 6 - Finding the Sonics
December 7 - Critical mass
December 18 - No more excuses
December 28 - Excuses over, winning here
January 8 - A new Sonics team emerges
January 15 - The test
January 27 - Road trip!
February 4 - Sonic roller coaster causes fans to scream
March 2 - Revitalized
March 9 - Heating up down the stretch
March 16 - Injury plagued
April 22 - Back in the playoffs
April 30 - All in all, Sonics' backs to the wall
May 1 - This changes everything
May 3 - One more time . . .
May 5 - Wait 'til next year
May 13 - Forecast for summer
May 30 - Mis-labeled
June 4 - Watching . . . and waiting
June 11 - What the Sonics (don't) need
June 18 - Approaching the Draft
June 25 - Draft day draws near
June 27 - Draft-day post-mortem
July 2 - Free agency for dummies
July 10 - Watching . . . and waiting
July 16 - Outlook hazy
July 20 - Comings and goings
July 23 - The day the cancer died
July 30 - Should I stay or should I go?
August 6 - Greatly exaggerated
August 14 - No news is . . . ?
August 20 - More waiting
August 27 - Hasn't lost a step
September 3 - Pity Lewis
September 10 - Brave New World
September 17 - House of cards
September 20 - Lewis in, Payton . . . ?
September 24 - One week and counting
October 1 - McMillan, not Payton, Sonics' leader
October 8 - Unanswered questions
October 15 - Back on track
October 22 - New lineup, new hope
Inside the Numbers
August 8 - Valuing free agents
August 22 - The NBA's most underpaid
September 19 - Learning from point differential
July 6 - Free agent analysis
August 3 - Transaction Analysis (7/30-8/2)
August 7 - Transaction Analysis (8/5-8/6)
August 17 - Transaction Analysis (8/6-8/16)
August 24 - Transaction Analysis (8/19-8/23)
August 31 - Transaction Analysis (8/24-8/30)
September 7 - Where Have All The Centers Gone?
September 14 - Transaction Analysis (9/4-9/12)
September 21 - A Tale of Two Free Agents
September 28 - 2002-03 Predictions
October 5 - Transaction Analysis (9/17-10/3)
October 12 - Second Half Crystal Ball
October 19 - Poor Marbury
January 10 - Introduction
January 28 - All-Star Teams
January 29 - Snubbed
February XX - Trade bait
February XX - What position should your leading scorer play?
April 29 - Anointing
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