Pro Basketball Forecast: 2005-06 (Pro Basketball Prospectus)
By John Hollinger
The roundball revolution continues, and John Hollinger is El Jefe. With
the Pro Basketball Forecast, Hollinger takes an in-depth and insightful look at the
game. Downplayed are all the per-game statistics; in their place are points, rebounds, and
assists per forty minutes. Hollinger also examines how many possessions each player uses
and what percentage of his teams rebounds he collects. Why? Because teams use
players in different ways, and comparing everyone on an even scale makes much more sense.
When is a player averaging ten points a game more valuable than one
averaging fifteen? How about if he plays twenty minutes to the latters forty and
plays for a team that walks the ball up the court instead of fast-breaking? If hes
given a starting position or traded to a new team, he could "unexpectedly" break
outunexpected to everyone but Forecast readers, that is. Hollinger shows you
which players, given more time or a fresh start, can ratchet their game up to all-star
levels. He also shows which ones are scoring more than their backups solely because of
proportion of time and should find themselves on the bench more this year.
On top of all this, Hollinger also continues to improve his
groundbreaking method of valuing a players personal defense and sharpens his
projections for regulars, offering predictions for the forthcoming season. Hollinger adds
his thoughts on every teamwhere theyve been and where theyre
goingas well as a discussion of every player and draft pick. You may watch hoops,
but you havent seen everything until youve seen the Forecast.
About the Author
JOHN HOLLINGER authored the 200203 and 200304 editions of the Pro Basketball
Prospectus. He also writes columns on Basketball for SI.com, the New York Sun, and
Basketball Digest. Since 1996, hes spearheaded a more analytical approach to pro
Basketball from his Web site, Alleyoop.com. Hollinger lives in Atlanta, USA.
25/05/2006 - Big changes on the way for Serbia &
Montenegro - The separation of Serbia & Montenegro into two countries will see the
formation of two domestic Basketball leagues as well as two national teams, it has been
The result of this week's Montenegrin referendum ensured the states would become separate
entities politically, with 55.5% of the population voting in favor of a split from
Serbia. As far as Basketball is concerned, the current domestic season - which is at the
semi-final stage - will be the last to involve sides from both states.
Internationally, it was already agreed that Serbia & Montenegro
would travel to this summer's FIBA World Championship to defend the title they retained as
part of the former Yugoslavia four years ago before splitting into two national teams.
In Basketball terms, the change will be the second in less than five years for two of the
states that competed under the flag of Yugoslavia when winning the last two FIBA World
Championships in Indianapolis four years ago and Athens in 1998.
Read the complete story at FIBA Latest News
23/05/06: Why Basketball is a 5 on 5 sport ? Why we never play
just 4 on 4 game or 6 on 6 ? Why it's an impair sport ?
Actually, the first game wasn't 5 on 5. When Dr. Naismith invented the game, the entire
court was filled. There are stories of games with as many as 60 people playing at the same
time. The dribble did not exist.
Basketball is a game that slowly evolved into its present form. In the beginning, it more
closely resembled indoor soccer - except that it was played by passing with the hands
instead of feet.
Women originally played 6 on 6 with the floor divided in three parts.
There were two guards, two forwards and two centers. Guards never shot in the game, and
the forwards, could dribble only twice. However, the defense couldn't swipe at the ball
unless it was in the lane. You can see how the position names we use today are based on
that early configuration.
Crazy rules, but it produced some outstanding Basketball. For more, go to http://www.grannyBasketball.com/
where this style is still played today.
Dr. Naismith did not like the eventual 5 on 5 format - he felt it was too much sprinting
for individuals and worried that the physical strain was more than a player could handle
without serious physical repercussions.
19/05/06: College Basketball & Pro Baseball Historical
Newspaper Articles Search If you are a Basketball or baseball fan, you will love
two new searchable archives. The first is at College
Basketball Newspaper Archive and the second is at Pro Baseball
They both provide a searchable archive of historical newspapers related to College
Basketball and Pro Baseball, respectively.
Both archives have an advanced search feature as well as a cool historical timeline of
Enjoy it !
12/05/06: Excerpt of the module edited today at the eBA 107
- Game Stats Register about "Basketball Per-Minute Statistics":
"Per minute stats are a good manner to compare players
within a team, seeing how a player off the bench might fare compared to the player in
front of him in the rotation, but we must be careful about players who scarcely play -
Jackie Butler may have averaged 96 points per 48 in the 5 minutes he played for the Knicks
last year, but very doubtful he could have achieved it.
Also, we must be careful comparing players
from one team to another. For example, last season Steve Nash average 16.1 assists per
48 while Tony Parker averaged just 8.6 - a large part of the reason for that is the pace
and style Phoenix plays gives Nash more opportunities than Parker.
Per-48 Stats is not meant to be a projection of what a player would average if he played
48 minutes per game. Keep in mind that it is simply an expression of per-minute stats.
They are expressed as per-48 so that the resulting averages are easy to deal with:
"23 points per 48 minutes" is easier to read and
understand than " 0,479
points per minute"....."
Next Module Exposition on Friday 19/05/06, 04:00 GMT.
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1998, first days of Google's Dance, we realized that the links and reference section is
among the most important and popular parts of the site, and, because of this, we will
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03/05/06 - Israel is Europe ?
"To whom correspond: Somebody can explain me why the Israel National Team, plays
at the European tournaments, being that they don't belong to our continent. I
think that if that country have political problems in his region, it's no a
reason to play in our tourneys. This same question I made a long time ago to the FIFA, but
they didn't answered to me up today."
"I consider that they should solve their problems with their
and/or take another measures, because I believe that in Europe, only the
participate in tournaments which are up to this continent and not going
on hosting those who throws the stone and hide the hand. That is their
problem and we must not need to solve it.
CSKA Moscow Beats Maccabi Tel Aviv
and WINS EUROLEAGUE TITLE
I hope that everyone who thinks in this manner, must make public our thoughts and in a
near future this must be solved and all the events with European character, must involve
only Europeans participants. I should like my demand would reach to whom
correspond and not being done sthg in vain.
Thank you very much for your courteous attention.
Best Regards. Paul Huntley
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Basketball on Paper: Rules and Tools for Performance Analysis
By: Dean Oliver
Journey "inside the numbers" for an exceptional set of statistical tools and
rules that can help explain the winning-or losing-ways of a Basketball team. Basketball on
Paper doesnt diagram plays or explain how players get in shape, but instead
demonstrates how to interpret player and team performance.
Dean Oliver highlights general strategies for teams when theyre winning or losing,
and what aspects should be the focus in either situation. He describes and quantifies the
jobs of team leaders and role players, then discusses the interactions between players and
how to achieve the best fit. Oliver conceptualizes the meaning of teamwork and how to
quantify the value of different types of players working together. He examines
historically successful NBA teams and identifies what made them so successful individual
talent, a system of putting players together, or good coaching.
Oliver then uses these statistical tools and case studies to evaluate the best players in
history - such as Magic Johnson, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, and Charles Barkley - and how
they contributed to their teams success. He does the same for some of the NBAs
"oddball" players - Manute Bol, Muggsy Bogues, and Dennis Rodman - and for the
WNBAs top players.
Basketball on Paper is unique in its incorporation of business and analytical concepts
within the context of Basketball to measure the value of players in a cooperative setting.
Whether youre looking for strategies or new ideas to throw out while watching the
ballgame at a sports bar, Dean Olivers Basketball on Paper will give you amazing new
insights into teamwork, coaching, and success.