Re: The Big D (migrating to Win-Shares)
- I haven't read Win Shares yet since I'm working on a book of my own,
but it's on my list for this summer. It seems like it could, perhaps,
be applied to basketball if you can get through some fairly massive
barriers, like assigning defensive credit for instance. One
limitation is that basketball win-loss records are far more divergent
from .500 than baseball's; I'm not sure how one would adjust for that.
I did read the Historical Abstract; his explanation made sense from
what I read but obviously I need the full shabang to put it all
together. The book itself indulged his historian side, almost like
those biographies he put at the end of The Baseball Book. Not that
that's a bad thing, it was just different in style from the Abstracts.
> Ahh, yes, the differences between basketball and baseball. Roleplayer in
> basketball is so different from a role player in baseball. Theonly "role
> player" in baseball I can think of that is considered to be allthat
> valuable is a relief pitcher. But utility infielder, platoonplayer, or
> pinch hitter means you're not good enough to be a starter. Roleplayers
> start in the NBA. They can be very valuable. As you say, youcan't just
> plug them in anywhere and expect a constant number of wins/lossesfrom
> them. You actually have to think a lot harder about them.section on
> Speaking of baseball, I sat in Borders today and read James'
> win-shares. I've got gift certificates to Barnes and Noble, soI'll wait
> to find one of those before I buy it. But has anyone thoughtdeeply about
> James' win-share concept?
> Dean Oliver
> Journal of Basketball Studies