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  1. The origin of "no layups"

    Henry Abbott

    Dean Oliver (pioneer of NBA advanced stats, author of the seminal book "Basketball on Paper," former member of the Nuggets brain trust and current Director of Production Analytics for ESPN Stats & Information) once had a website where he wrote ab...

    Blog | March 28, 2013
  2. Analyzing the closeness of the NBA Finals

    Henry Abbott

    By Dean Oliver and Alok Pattani ESPN Stats & Info As the 2011 NBA Finals come to a close with Game 6 on Sunday and a possible Game 7 on Tuesday, basketball fans everywhere are bemoaning the fact that such a competitive and compelling series must c...

    Blog | June 12, 2011
  3. Wall Street Journal: geeks are winners

    Henry Abbott

    The other day the Nuggets' director of quantitative analysis, Dean Oliver, told me that he'd found teams with "quants" integrated into their decision process had won about 60% of their games. David Biderman of the Wall Street Journal has checked o...

    Blog | March 12, 2010
  4. The state of basketball analysis

    Henry Abbott

    Saturday marks the 2010 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, which is also commonly referred to as (thank you, Bill Simmons) Dorkapalooza. This conference, now in its fourth year, is a funny thing. On the one hand, it's a curio. Most of the NBA ...

    Blog | March 05, 2010
  5. Tuesday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    By Henry Abbott Kevin Garnett tops a list of NBA defenders, as measured by a Dean Oliver-inspired metric that extracts individual accomplishments from play-by-play data. Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Marcus Camby and Gerald "20 rebounds last night...

    Blog | November 03, 2009
  6. PER on Trial

    Henry Abbott

    John Hollinger's Player Efficiency Rating PER has been in heavy rotation on ESPN.com the last couple of days (today with new Value Added and Estimated Wins added rankings, yesterday with a case for LeBron James as MVP). And yet the existence of P...

    Blog | March 25, 2009
  7. Late Friday Mini-Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    Vinny Del Negro plays great defense. Wait, isn't he coaching now?Some old-school Dean Oliver articles about how controlling the pace can affect the outcome of games. Nice little video diagram of a winning Knicks play.Ray Allen, taking the Celtics to...

    Blog | December 12, 2008
  8. Bad Use of Statistics is Killing Anderson Varejao

    Henry Abbott

    Put together whatever list of statistical experts you want. Dean Oliver, John Hollinger, Daryl Morey, Dan Rosenbaum, David Berri, Justin Kubatko, Wayne Winston, Jeff Sagarin, Jeff Ma, Kevin Pelton ... there are a lot of bright people out there workin...

    Blog | November 02, 2007
  9. The Battle of the Statisticians

    Henry Abbott

    This is one hell of an exciting time to be a basketball statistician. Those precious few experts who understand basketball at a deeper level, guys like Dean Oliver, Dan Rosenbaum, Jeff Sagarin and others, have quickly evolved from, well, nerds into n...

    Blog | March 23, 2007
  10. Statistical Wizard Dean Oliver is a Nugget

    Henry Abbott

    The author of Basketball on Paper is now the director of quantitative analysis....

    Blog | October 31, 2006
  11. New Statistics I Like to See

    Henry Abbott

    "Moneyball" (that's code for "a new generation of statistical analysis as described in Michael Lewis's baseball book Moneyball)is coming to the NBA in a big way. Dean Oliver has been making waves in Seattle. Dan Rosenbaum has a job in ...

    Blog | May 11, 2006
  12. WIRED on Dean Oliver

    Henry Abbott

    Thanks to Kerry Seed for pointing out this WIRED article that chronicles how it is basketball stat guru Dean Oliver came to work for the Seattle Sonics. According to writer Hugo Lindgren, it all has to do with team President and CEO Wally Walker. Wal...

    Blog | November 09, 2005
  13. Predicting NBA Victories: 13 Out of 15 Ain't Bad

    Henry Abbott

    I'm not much of a gambler, but there are lessons for all us basketball fans here: Michael Murray of Eye on Gambling has put together a way to combine the wisdom Malcolm Gladwell's book Blink with Dean Oliver's Basketball on Paper. The upshot: a prett...

    Blog | November 04, 2005
  14. SI on Moneyball for Basketball

    Henry Abbott

    Chris Ballard gives Dan Rosenbaum, Dean Oliver, 82games, and their buddies some much-deserved shine in Sports Illustrated's NBA preview issue. Oliver, the Moneyball-style statistician who now works for the Sonics, has earned some credit for Seattle'...

    Blog | October 20, 2005