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The No-Stats All-Star (by Michael Lewis)

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Great new Michael Lewis article about the new, innovative way that statistical analysis is being used in basketball. The article focuses on the work done by Houston Rocket's stat guru, Daryl and Morey, to find undervalued players such as the articles case study, Shane Battier. This article ought to be essential reading for any GSOMers, as it will instantly negate half of the arguments on this blog. It turns out conventional wisdom regarding players' value has inadvertently created an incentive for players to do all the wrong things to help their team's win. That much is easy enough to accept, but the idea that traditional markers such as rebounds, assists, and points are less meaningful determinants of a players value seems fairly groundbreaking to me. I dunno, man, just read it!