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  • Commented on What Makes an NBA Champion?
    Well, I guess that depends on the definition of Superstar, and by my own definition (a limited one, to be sure), Walton was a Superstar that year and the next one. So Walton was a Superstar in '77-'78 the same...
  • Posted What Makes an NBA Champion? to Depressed Fan
    The idea for this post came from a well-worn and hotly-debated question in post-Iverson 76ers fandom:  is it possible to win a championship in the "Superstar Era" of the NBA without a superstar?  Full disclosure: my first recollection of the NBA goes back to the 76-77 season, so my first three years following the NBA saw three balanced teams without a true superstar ('77 Blazers, '78 Bullets, '79 Sonics) win championships, while the superstars of the day (Erving, Kareem, Maravich, David Thompson, Gervin) all went ring-less.  So I have seen it happen more than younger readers of Depressed Fan, who only have the '04 Pistons as a counterexample.  But the NBA became a different game in 1980, or so the argument goes, and the Superstar era has continued unabated since then.  So what follows is an analysis of all 33 championship teams from 1980-2012 (teams are referred to by the year in which they won the title, e.g., '83 Sixers).  To make this a Sixers-centric post, I then compare the '12 Sixers to the champions, so that we can get a sense of how that team stacked up against the NBA champions and how the '13 Sixers might be better or worse.
  • Commented on Wholesale changes - Part 2
    I actually have a post in the pipeline that tries to answer this exact question by examining the statistics of NBA champions. The answers may surprise, though Ben's conjectures are reasonable. Believe it or not, I originally compiled the stats...
  • Commented on Wholesale changes - Part 1
    In what may be of some interest to readers here, former Sixers writer Kate Fagan comes out (publicly) as part of an article in the latest issue of ESPN The Magazine. There is no link yet on the main ESPN...
  • Commented on Wholesale changes - Part 1
    Iguodala moved up to #28 in the ESPN NBArank, up from #34 last year. He's the #4 small forward this year, ahead of Deng, Granger, Gay, and (surprisingly) Pierce. Bynum is in the top 25 this year....
  • Commented on Wholesale changes - Part 1
    Jrue came in at #73 in the ESPN NBArank this year, up from last year's #85. That leaves only one player from this year's Sixers (Bynum) or last year's (Iguodala) in the top 72....
  • Commented on Wholesale changes - Part 1
    In theory, you would use the same statistics used to calculate PER and accumulate them for whoever a player is guarding. The trick is to determine who a player is guarding while on the floor. Short of watching every game...
  • Commented on Wholesale changes - Part 1
    Great post, Brian. I would venture to say that the Sixers may not miss Iguodala's defense in the regular season as much as in the postseason (hopefully there is one), when isolation plays and dependence on superstars (most of which...
  • Commented on Updating the Sixers Cap Situation
    Olympics trivia: Iguodala becomes the second NBA player to play the previous season with the Sixers before winning an Olympic Gold Medal and get traded before the following season (famously, Charles Barkley was the first in 1992). Can you name...
  • Commented on Report: Sixers Land Andrew Bynum
    I have mixed feelings, obviously, as Iguodala was my favorite Sixer of the past decade, but I think the trade will be good for both him and them. Some initial thoughts: - I hypothesized a trade with Iguodala and Bynum...
  • Commented on The Summer of Our Discontent Grinds On
    Interesting dynamic to this game, as Iguodala and the bench were +15 in the first half while the starters were -2. So then Coach K started the bench in the 2nd half, and they promptly went on a 25-3 run....
  • Commented on No Reason For Hope
    I don't have a strong opinion about the Nick Young signing because I've hardly watched him play. I do know that he has historically played well against the Sixers (49/42/82 career splits against them), so I suspect the "Brian Schneider"...
  • Commented on Sixers Tread Water In Draft
    Watching some video of Harkless, I was reminded of another St. John's alum, Ron Artest (Metta World Peace). Moe has the same herky-jerky dribble and is very inconsistent with the jumper (Artest is a career 42% shooter), but he seems...
  • Commented on Where Do They Go From Here?
    If the Spurs win the title this year (a distinct possibility), where does that fit with your Superstar Theory? Is Parker a superstar? Is Duncan still one? Or are these Spurs more like the 2003-04 Pistons?...
  • Commented on Where Do They Go From Here?
    Before I give my thoughts, I'd like to say a very belated thanks to Brian for another great year of blogging. Because of work, I wasn't able to participate as much as I would have liked (either authoring or posting),...
  • Commented on Thanks.
    Likewise, as I have stated several times, I find your commentary often interesting and almost always entertaining, though I disagree with almost all of your opinions ;-) I also appreciate your historical perspective (though, of course, there is less opportunity...
  • Commented on Thanks.
    Statman, what's your take on the current value of this holding? Do you acknowledge a risk in maintaining the status quo? And what's your position regarding the asset's instability, especially as it pertains to dividends? Have we reached a ceiling?...
  • Commented on Sixers Put Foot Down, Force Game Seven
    I was just thinking that this morning ("Beat the Heat") as I was watching YouTube footage of 1982's Game 7 (my favorite NBA game of all-time). In retrospect, it's amazing that the Boston crowd chanted "Beat LA," because the Sixers...
  • Commented on Sixers Put Foot Down, Force Game Seven
    Down 1 with 2 seconds left in Game 6 vs. Chicago, he made two. That's as high-pressure a situation as it gets. Not surprised that you don't remember it ;-)...
  • Commented on Sixers Put Foot Down, Force Game Seven
    Whatever Iguodala's overall troubles at the line are, he's 11 of 12 from the line in the 4th quarter in the playoffs, 4 of 4 in "clutch" situations. That isn't to say that I would be that confident if he...
  • Commented on Sixers Put Foot Down, Force Game Seven
    This version of the Celtics reminds me of their counterparts from 1987-88, when they kept playing younger, more athletic teams (Pistons, Bucks, Hawks) and (mostly) winning close series through a combination of experience and favorable refereeing. In those days, Celtics...
  • Commented on Sixers Put Foot Down, Force Game Seven
    Watching the human turnstile [Rondo] tonight reminded me of watching Iverson "D" it up in years past. How did these guys win it all with good defense when "the head of the snake" is venomless on that end. That's really...
  • Commented on Back, Meet Wall
    Hollinger re-tweeted a funny quote on that: "Carlos Boozer wouldn't make second-string All-Defense on his own team."...
  • Commented on Back, Meet Wall
    Vote totals here. Iguodala actually had more points than Kobe but wasn't considered a guard, I guess. At forward, he lost out to Deng by 1 point....
  • Commented on Back, Meet Wall
    In the low expectations category, I'm just hoping the Sixers do better than the last time they had do-or-die Game Six's at home (blowout losses to Detroit in 2008 and Orlando in 2009). As was often stated in the mid-2000's...
  • Commented on Sixers Roll Celtics With Huge Comeback
    Good point about Turner. There is another aspect to what he was doing besides the emotional mindset: he was forcing the old Celtics to use energy to defend him. I liken it going to the body in boxing or keeping...
  • Commented on Do or Die
    The Sixers were "seduced" into this and eventually stopped making jumpers as the Celtics played inside out and couldn't miss. This is a really good point. The Sixers really started playing "faster" than they should have, and in a contest...
  • Commented on Sixers Embarrassed At Home
    This was a really disappointing game. Brian, you spoke in your preview about expecting the Celtics to come out strong. They did that, but the Sixers matched their intensity to start and were still ahead after one quarter. But then...
  • Commented on Boston Paid A Steep Price For The Split
    I had never heard of Josh Selby before, and after looking at his statistics, I'm shocked that he got a vote. It's probably the worst single vote of the postseason so far....
  • Commented on Sixers Tie It Up. Maintain.
    A few additional observations from inside the arena last night: - When the game started, the arena was literally not more than 25% full. Regular-season Celtics games start at 7:30 PM, but this one started at 7 PM, so the...
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