The NBA Season is ready to start on Christmas Day, the last couple of preseason games are being played as I write this up, and it's time for me to cater to every serious NBA fans love of season previews! The 2011 Geektastic Preview is going to be way too large for one article, so I'm dividing it up into divisions (and even so, it's going to be long, so get a cup of coffee!). In this article I'm going to preview the New Orleans Hornets, who are going to be bad, but I guess that is the way David Stern wants it to be.
There's a piece over at ESPN by Kevin Arnovitz today on the virtues of tanking rather than fielding a competitive-but-not-championship team. It's setting a new record for "points I disagree with."
So I've been working pretty hard lately trying to make updates to my stats, in particular so that my Comparison Engine becomes more useful. I need to incorporate the new Wins Produced model and also add data for past seasons. Once that's done, I'll be using it extensively to prepare my season previews (and make predictions). In the meantime, I probably won't be writing articles as long as my recent post on Eric Gordon, which apparently convinced the Clippers that yes, they should give in to the Hornets demand to include him in a trade.
Over on the Wages of Wins today, I wrote an article about the Los Angeles Clippers, who have reportedly balked at trading Eric Gordon, Eric Bledsoe, and the Minnesota pick in 2012, claiming that this is too much to give up. Well, I basically say that they are ****ing crazy. Here's an excerpt: