[[ Reading ]] ➷ The Wages of Wins Author David J. Berri – Bassgrotto.co.uk

The Wages of Wins Named Of One Of Princeton University S Noteworthy Books In Industrial Relations For 2006 Arguing About Sports Is As Old As The Games People Play Over The Years Sports Debates Have Become Muddled By Many Myths That Do Not Match The Numbers Generated By Those Playing The Games In The Wages Of Wins, The Authors Use Layman S Language And Easy To Follow Examples Based On Their Own Academic Research To Debunk Many Of The Most Commonly Held Beliefs About Sports.In This Updated Version Of Their Book, These Authors Explain Why Allen Iverson Leaving Philadelphia Made The 76ers A Better Team, Why The Yankees Find It So Hard To Repeat Their Success From The Late 1990s, And Why Even Great Quarterbacks Like Brett Favre Are Consistently Inconsistent The Book Names Names, And Makes It Abundantly Clear That Much Of The Decision Making Of Coaches And General Managers Does Not Hold Up To An Analysis Of The Numbers Whether You Are A Fantasy League Fanatic Or A Casual Weekend Fan, Much Of What You Believe About Sports Will Change After Reading This Book.


10 thoughts on “The Wages of Wins

  1. says:

    About all anyone needs to know on the readability of this one is that the day I signed up for GoodReads, I was reading this.took me three different stages to get through it over a 9 month period The book take statistical and economic theories and applies it to some popular notions in sport The target audience is pretty miniscule just by that general description, and...


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    About half of the book was about their new way of computing the efficiency of an NBA player Once they developed this method, they applied it to several different classic NBA questions about what players and teams are best, and what skills are overvalued While I believe that their metric is better than the official NBA efficiency measure they often compared it against, I m still not convinced that it s the best measure out there It s still too difficult to make a direct comparison between play About half of the book was about their new way of computing the efficiency of an NBA player Once they developed this method, they applied it to several different classic NBA questions about what players and teams are best, and what skills are overvalued While I believe that their metric is better than the official NBA efficiency measure they often compared it against, I m still not convinced that it s the best measure out there It s still too difficult to make a direct comparison between players on different teams and with different teammates.I m even less convinced by their QB score metric, though I do think it s better than the NFL s passer rating formula Thus, I don t really trust their results about the unpredictability of NFL QBs...


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    I find the idea fascinating, because I love using numbers to show people who just know that their limited frame of reference is hindering them from seeing the truth That having been said, I prefer the web site, which admittedly, I visited first, because I am really just concerned with basketball The book covers lots of sports and the web site seems to focuson individual posts that I can sink my teeth into However, perhaps the greatest analysis in the book is the basketball section I find the idea fascinating, because I love using numbers to show people who just know that their limited frame of reference is hindering them from seeing the truth That having been said, I prefer the web site, which admittedly, I visited first, because I am really just concerned with basketball The book covers lots of sports and the web site seems to focuson individual posts that I can sink my teeth into However, perhaps the ...


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    Wages of Wins is mostly an attempt at coming up with a solid metric to assess basketball performance Unfortunately, Berri s metric, wins produced, is full of holes To begin with, Berri makes the fatally flawed assumption that individual contributions should always be assessed at the team level an economist should know better For instance yes, it s true that offensive and defensive rebounds produce the same result a possession , but since two of the three nearest rebounders are going to b Wages of Wins is mostly an attempt at coming up with a solid metric to assess basketball performance Unfortunately, Berri s metric, wins produced, is full of holes To begin with, Berri makes the fatally flawed assumption that individual contributions should always be assessed at the team level an economist should know better For instance yes, it s true that offensive and defensive rebounds produce the same result a possession , but since two of the three nearest rebounders are going to be defensive players, the marginal value of an offensive rebound is higher This and a lot of other flaws ar...


  5. says:

    In order to like this book, you must be interested in two categories, sports and economics Though the authors do not include the esoteric mathematical computations and formulae they use to come up with their conclusions, they DO talk of the economics of sports to show how much of the accepted beliefs about economics and sports doesn t hold true, and which of those beliefs do I found their breezy, informal style...


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    Didn t get through the whole thing Some of the chapters I just didn t find that interesting The chapters on basketball statistics were good, but I disagreed with some of their conclusions The problem with their statistical model is that I think it confuses causation with correlation For instance, I think being a good defensive rebounder is often correlated with being a good defender, but one does not always follow the other David Lee...


  7. says:

    This book looks at sports in a very statistical way and tries to look at what is really important to winning games from a statistical view This book gets really into the number side of things and I think that they view the metric...


  8. says:

    Interesting read I am somewhat skeptical of some of the claims made without seeing the actual math The authors rely on regression modeling and without seeing the diagnosis of the regressions I cannot say their system is valid for example are the variables orthogonal or auto correlated Stil...


  9. says:

    A trio of economists try to recreate the feel of Freakonomics in the world of sports by collecting articles previously published in scientific journals and adding a few jokes As someone who has spent way to much time reading about these sorts of ideas online, t...


  10. says:

    For basketball, this book will eventually change the way that talent is assessed and acquired forever The authors ought to be hired by an NBA team The other sports that are touched upon seem to be done almost begrudgingly, as if th...