(Points + Rebounds + Steals + ½Assists + ½Blocked Shots – Field Goal Attempts – Turnovers - ½Free Throw Attempts - ½Personal Fouls) / Minutes = Win Score per Minute

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Win Score Discussion and Commenting

I've been watching the comments closely the last couple days, and wanted to thank those who submitted new ideas and polite comments, both positive and negative.

There's nothing wrong with debate, I encourage those who are interested in basketball to debate. You are welcome to use this forum, or the Wins of Wages blog. But what I don't want to see is any personal attacks on here. We don't need anyone calling other people "hacks" and other such nonsense.

My favorite comment from the previous post came from "Anonymous" (of course) and said this:

"the point is now people can evaluate the predictive power of "pseudo"-wins produced. So even you, anonymous hater, can examine how well win-score does over the course of a season and determine whether it's something you're willing to embrace or not."

The point is exactly that. Now you've got the data available to you. And I'll be building more options into the site and more ways for you to access the information that you can use to form your own opinion. I'm not affiliated with David Berri or his colleagues in any way. I just read the book and enjoyed it enough to use some of my personal time to work on this project.

Now you can choose to use your personal time to formulate an opinion on this. And if you have something polite and intelligent to say, please share it here. If you prefer petty bickering, there are other places on the internet that thrive on that sort of thing.

Thanks again to all those who are showing interest and contributing by clicking Google ads or purchasing Amazon products. If the average for the last few days keeps up, I may have revenue enough to switch the site over in a few months. Have a great day and enjoy the NCAA tournament everyone. In case anyone is interested, here is my bracket:

Sweet Sixteen: North Carolina over Marquette, Texas over Arkansas, Vanderbilt over Oral Roberts, Georgetown over Boston College, Ohio State over BYU, Tennessee over Albany, Texas A&M over Louisville, Nevada over Memphis, Florida over Arizona, Davidson over Butler, Notre Dame over Oregon, UNLV over Wisconsin, Kansas over Villanova, Virginia Tech over Southern Illinois, VCU over Pittsburgh and UCLA over Gonzaga.

Final Four: Georgetown over Texas, Texas A&M over Ohio State, Florida over Notre Dame, Kansas over UCLA.

Texas A&M takes the Big Dance 69-66 over Kansas in an exact repeat of their regular season game.

I never do well in these brackets, I always pick too many upsets and ride the wrong horses into the championship game. We'll see how it goes. Good luck to all of you.


Anonymous said...

cant you set up a donation option?

Anonymous said...

hey jchan,

something weird i noticed: LaMarcus Aldridge's stats stop on March 11. I wanted to check his win score for that game last week where he had 17 boards. what's weird is randolph's stats go up to march 16? any ideas?


JChan said...

Yeah, my methods for gathering data are not perfected yet, so it looks like they missed Aldridge for some reason. I'll try to input that info this weekend, and then tweak my scripts a bit to try to fix that.

I'm also looking at adding a PayPal donation button. Thanks for that idea.

I've got some free time this weekend, so check back on Monday for additional features!

David Berri said...

Are you going to put a link to the Win Score stats on the page someplace? As it is now, you have to go to the specific comment with the link.

David Berri said...

Nevermind. I see the link up on the right.

JChan said...

Yeah, I put it there after seeing your previous comment.