Five years ago, I did a simple study to look at the effect of draft
picks on their new teams.
Under the APBR group, a discussion has been going about whether the
kids coming out are NBA-ready (and how to keep them in school or
whether the dev league is a good idea). What I'd like to do is
update the study there. This involves simply looking at the
players drafted and their NBA teams' records before and after their
arrival. What was evident then was that teams were not improving as
much. I am wondering whether that trend has continued or reversed or
flattened. I think the Duncan year should be analyzed carefully
because of Duncan AND Robinson returning.
I am travelling again all next week and won't have time to do this.
(I have my old spreadsheet if you want it.)
Journal of Basketball Studies