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 Portland Trailblazers, who are going to be...well, still pretty good, actually.
I can't tell you how much I wish the book How to Lie with Statistics was never written. Sure, it contains a ton of useful information and a lot of tools for the layperson to actually think critically about the way data is presented. Unfortunately, it has also introduced a meme that somehow translates to "every claim ever made that is backed up by a statistics must be a lie." Yes, clearly, THAT is what the author was trying to say. If I had a nickel for every time I've had a basketball argument with somebody that basically said "Your stats are meaningless; watch the game and you'll see the truth," I'd own an NBA team, and I'd hire the Wages of Wins network to run it, and we'd win several championships while having a lower-than-average payroll (thus making me even richer).
This is a concept that I quote so often that I feel like it is worth its own post. I suspect I'll be linking to it a lot here at the NBA Geek. The premise is simple: I think most casual fans place far too much weight on whether or not a player looks good, and ignore the fact there are no style points in the NBA, and scoring 20 points on spectacular dunks won't win you any more games than scoring 20 points on 4 3s and a few layups will.
So I've been meaning to start an NBA blog for a while now, and I've been a big fan of the Wages of Wins Network for quite some time. Here, for your amusement (or ridicule, or amazement), I present the NBA Geek. In the articles section I plan to post daily or semi-daily with keen, nay, brilliant, insights into the NBA. In the players section you'll find the statistics from the latest NBA season (multi-season functionality is in a future release, I promise) and the FAQ and About sections offer a little more info about what I'm trying to accomplish here. What better day to launch an NBA blog than on draft day? After all, we're all going to be terribly excited about the NBA for a few days, right before we forget it about it completely for the next 3-4 months. And that's if there's no lockout.