I know it’s exciting that training camps are open and players are playing actual basketball but actual news is quite hard to come by. We’ll have full NBA previews coming in the next few weeks but we thought we’d tide you over with a little bit of basketball talk. We often associate a particular position with a particular player (i.e. Magic Johnson at the point in the 1980s or Michael Jordan at shooting guard forever). We were wondering whether our mental associations comport with the stats. Obviously, the stats don’t reflect all the value of a player (particularly not the defensive side of the equation) but PER is a very nice barometer of offensive accomplishment. I thought we could look at the PER leaders year-by-year since 1979-80 (the first year of the Magic/Bird Era) and see if the yearly PER leaders by position really comport with our conceptions: Continue reading Quick Thoughts…
7/13 Signed Channing Frye
7/20 Signed Steve Nash to a two-year contract extension
9/15 Waived Sasha Pavlovic
As we mentioned in the Dallas comments last week, point guards tend not to age well. On the bright side, most of the ones who have aged well have done so in recent years, a good indicator for Nash. Indeed, despite all the talk of Nash’s durability years ago, he hasn’t missed more than 12 games in a season since 1999-00. The stat line has gone down a little from the peak years in the mid-2000s but Nash is reasonably good bet to be useful through age-37. The contract is little rich but we can understand the excess cost in salary is worth it because a struggling Suns team should get back a fair amount of goodwill with fans.
Frye’s signing is not terrible either. He’s clearly not a starter on a good team but the front court needs some scoring outside of Amare and the price is pretty cheap. Continue reading Transactions 7/10-9/22 Part III…