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The Boxscore Geeks Show
5 minutes | 23 days ago
An Open Letter to Drew Timme
Reviewing the economics and rationality behind what NBA teams look for in NBA players using Drew Timme.
60 minutes | a month ago
The 76ers Broke our Site!
Fun precursor. Thanks Robert Vodicka for noticing we had a bug on the 76ers page of the boxscoregeeks.com -- we talk this at the end of the show. Ironically fixing this page was an easy fix but also required a system update which wound up taking down the Boxscore Geeks for two days ... so yeah! Patrick is back to talk: Why James Wiseman was hurting the Warriors and how Curry is an MVP. This happened right before Curry torched the Nuggets and had back to back 10+ three pointer games! We talk the Wolves possibly getting sold and Patrick gives a free Business Course on how to really analyze NBA front office finances. We talk a silly chess feud that resulted in a fight between Eric Hansen and Hikaru Nakamura - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FcokIxe50A, it is as stupid as it sounds! Tune in!
87 minutes | a month ago
A Midwestern Goodbye to Michigan's March Madness
We were lucky to have on a very special guest - @TyWillinganz! Ty's a fellow Wisconsinite who's been blogging about basketball forever. In the old days, he regularly wrote at https://courtsideanalyst.wordpress.com. He stopped after the lockout but is back at https://berribasketballratings.blogspot.com. We specifically had Ty on to discuss his brilliant March Madness strategies. However, we ended up talking more about random basketball topics, mainly due to the suboptimal performance of our respective brackets. Tune in! Some highlights: Ty discusses how he breaks down player productivity as a W-L number as opposed to a single aggregate. We talk how Ty was one of the first bloggers I knew of that attacked defense and noted that it was more of a team/scheme/coach number than something easily tied to a player. We talk about Ty's precursor to Moreyball - Sh** Shots, or how midrange shots were obviously a horrible plan. Ty also has a metaphor for ideal defense in the NBA - the Avocado Defense (hard on the outside and middle, soft in the middle). We do talk about some basic March Madness strategy and why Michigan wasn't a bad Darkhorse. Also, Drew Timme looks great and should enter the draft if he knows what's good for him. We discuss a few NBA trades particularly Jeff Teague to Milwaukee, Drummond to LA, and Aaron Gordon to the Nuggets. There is also tons of NFL and Football talk scattered throughout the talk as Ty is a giant Packers fan and Brian knows a ton of football. Enjoy!
78 minutes | 2 months ago
Don't Waste a Good Curry
We talk: Steph Curry's Talents being wasted on the Warriors. Anthony Edwards' bad shooting but "good dunk" and the Nate Duncan online fight. Draymond Green's Great take on Andre Drummond/James Harden and the double standard for players and front offices in the media. Kristaps Porzingis being an obvious mistake at the time for the Mavericks. And why the Nuggets have room for optimism and pessimism.
81 minutes | 4 months ago
How Great is Andrew Wiggins?
Broadcasted live on Twitch -- Watch live at https://www.twitch.tv/nerdnumbers 9:30pm EST Monday! Timestamps of subjects below: 0:40 Anthony Edwards is impressively bad! 7:20 Shaq/Donovan Mitchell feud. 13:15 NBA's commentators are bad for growing the sport. 19:15 Nikola Jokic is MVP and the best passing big ever. 27:24 Dikembe Mutombo swag! 32:20 Clint Capela and the death of the Houston Rockets 39:54 The James Harden / Jarrett Allen trade. 49:36 The WFH BSG 1:04:00 The Wolves horrible #1 Pick history Shoutouts: Patrick - Karl Anthony Towns and the unfair year he's had. Brian - T.D. Williams for their great take on Shaq's bad commenting. Dre - Andrey Esipenko for defeating Magnus Carlsen in their first match!
79 minutes | 6 months ago
New York Times Best Seller (among many many other accolades!) Chris Yeh returns to talk three of his birthday wishes. In the order we talk about them: A Biden victory! Chris Yeh's Podcast has a great talk with John Robb on this subject! We also note the absurdity of treating election results as a linear "game" and not a bunch of votes being counted "out of order." A Dodger's Championship That Kershaw guy is pretty good! A Lakers Championship Chris Yeh's Podcast has a great episode with Gary Martin aka the "Lakers Sign Guy" on their title. We also talk the Lakers vs. Celtics "rings" total. Also, the Agony of Defeat Podcast has a must listen episode with Jeff Pearlman on the Lakers! As always check out Chris Yeh at chrisyeh.com and thanks for listening!
92 minutes | 8 months ago
WCF Lakers vs. Nuggets 3
We're all about the second round of the NBA playoffs, including the Nuggets ridiculous 3-1 comeback. Can they take down the Lakers, who have a history of destroying them? Well, we talk about it with special guest Chris Yeh.
90 minutes | 8 months ago
Analytics Pickup #2: Biggest What Ifs in NBA history
We play our regular game: Analytics Pickup where we each provide a set of answers to a question and then draft the top six. Today's question: "What are the biggest almost events in NBA history that would have had huge ramifications." We always start out with an example, which, this week, also won the game. Spoilers below on the winning entries, so don't scroll down if you don't want them ruined. And tune in for the other answers as well as some that didn't make the cut! Spoilers! -------------------------------- 1. Steve Ballmer buys the Sonics and keeps the in Seattle. 2. The NBA copies the ABA and allows underclassmen and high schoolers straight into the NBA in the 60s. 3. Michael Jordan doesn't retire in 1993. 4. The Orlando Magic roll "lucky 7s" in the Summer of 2000 and get a healthy Grant Hill, Tracy McGrady, Tim Duncan, and maybe even Ben Wallace on their squad. 5. The ABA successfully signs Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to the New York Nets. 6. The Philadelphia 76ers keep Sam Hinkie after the Ben Simmons draft.
13 minutes | 9 months ago
The Truth about Tracy McGrady (Article)
We look at Tracy McGrady's most impactful 33 seconds and how they represent his entire career: Links: Basketball-Reference link of the game. BBallBreakdown's Video on Tracy McGrady's Effortless Scoring. Boxscore Geeks: Tracy McGrady's Career Wins Produced Outro Music is Pure Magic by Chris Haugen -- thanks YouTube Public Domain Music!
89 minutes | 9 months ago
Analytics Pickup #1: Forgotten but Effective NBA Strategies
We play a geeky analytics game. Dre and an "opponent" each come with five NBA ideas on a theme. We list each person's idea, discuss it, then "draft" our top six (starting five and a bench general). Today's topic was "Forgotten but Effective NBA Strategies." This was a "pilot" episode, so we had some sound and rules issues, but in the end, a ton of fun, so we're sure we'll be doing it again!
83 minutes | a year ago
Ruby Gobert, The Orlando Bubble, and a few metaphors
We talk: The NBA 's Florida Bubble plan in Disneyworld. We hope we're wrong but we're not optimistic about it. Good podcast with Ari Caroline at TrueHoop about it - https://www.truehoop.com/p/bring-it-in-ari-caroline. We talk Paul George's reason for leaving Indiana (because, topical!) and why he was right but it's a problem the NBA has always had and will continue to have. We talk about how with no basketball being played "comparing" players gets interesting. For instance, Donovan Mitchell vs. Rudy Gobert become a much different topic.
70 minutes | a year ago
Deconstructing Michael Jordan's Last Dance
We review MJ's career including: How MJ is properly rated -- for the wrong reasons. How underrated some of MJ's teammates were. How the NBA and the Spurs gifted MJ his second three-peat. Tune in!
27 minutes | a year ago
Chris Yeh and the Lakers' Last Dance
We talk about the 80s/90s Lakers and Bulls. Chris Yeh's great podcast. The reality TV show Mental Samurai! Full show notes - https://www.boxscoregeeks.com/articles/the-boxscore-geeks-show-277-chris-yeh-and-the-lakers-last-dance
80 minutes | a year ago
Why Do You Want Anthony Edwards?
We start the podcast talking politics. Sorry, one of us lives in Wisconsin! Skip to minute 18 if you want to avoid it. We discuss the potential Rudy Gobert / Donovan Mitchell schism in Utah and how the Warriors could benefit. We compare Steph Curry to Chris Mullin and Draymond Green to Scottie Pippen, kind of. In our lightning round we talk: The World Chess Championship and why it's silly, said even better by others in 2013! https://slate.com/culture/2013/11/the-world-chess-championship-is-an-embarrassing-anachronism-its-time-to-end-it-forever.html Gar Forman is "finally" out in Chicago. We know why Kevin Garnett won't retire his jersey. We tease a book we'll probably talk in the future from Ethan Sherwood Strauss. Brian wonders about Anthony Edwards' draft stock. Our "What We're Watching" this week: Onward on Disney+ Better Call Saul Peaky Blinders
81 minutes | a year ago
Why the Warriors Should have Won in 2016
We recorded this March 24th, so obviously the COVID-19 news has been a large part of both the sports and regular media. We try not to talk it too much, but obviously it does still come up a decent amount. We talk: Analytics and how we're saddened but not shocked by the public response to experts. On a lighter note, we review the 2015-2016 NBA season and how the Spurs were supposed to lose and the Warriors were supposed to win. We talk the 2020 NBA season being postponed and why we don't think it's coming back. Some recommendations for NBA-alternatives: Brian: Vikings TV show (for some people, not for everyone. You know who you are!) Brian: The Expanse. Apparently one of the best sci-fi shows out. Dre: The Unpopular Opinion Podcast Network - patreon.com/unpops Dre: Gamefully Unemployed Podcast Network - patreon.com/GamefullyUnemployed (particular Jeff and Tom watch Batman and the Highlander podcast series!)
68 minutes | a year ago
More Rockets and Free Throws
We talk Free Throws and NBA shooting "Advances" or lack thereof. The Smallball Rockets, how the NBA is wrestling, and more. Apologies on the late release, last week was hectic!
85 minutes | a year ago
Can Ben Simmons Redeem the Golden State Warriors?
When we grade "bad trades" should we grade based on the disparity between talent or on how bad the contract the team gets back. We talk the Warriors and if they can redeem themselves from this bad season. We also deep dive the 76ers and how royally they wasted "The Process." We talk about how the Dunk contest is outdated and you either keep it around for tradition or scrap it. There is no "fixing it." We didn't do show notes, but we did a podcast on Kobe Bryant right after his death. If you missed it, check out our iTunes/YouTube channels, or here's the link. We talk about the Elam ending in the All-Star game. And no, this isn't the great Broncos Kicker's idea. We congratulate Kawhi on winning All-Star MVP and note how much better it is that he's in LA than San Antonio. In San Antonio, he didn't make the All-Star game right after winning Finals MVP and DPOY. We talk Kyrie Irving's season-ending injury and Joseph Gill's point about how maybe the NBA needs to take over the development of future stars instead of trusting institutions like the AAU and NCAA. We love Trevor Bauer's rant on how the MLB is hurting its future. The Rockets sign Jeff Green and we kind of wonder if the "Analytics Revolution" is a myth. Our take on TV ratings? It's a complicated system and no one knows anything for sure.
92 minutes | a year ago
Starring Bob Myers as Dr. Strange and the Golden State Galaxy Brains
We talk: The D'Angelo Russell / Andrew Wiggins swap, full of memes Brian has come up with to describe the situation. The end of the Andre Iguodala / Memphis Grizzlies WWE angle. The Clint Capela trade, and how everyone won but the Rockets. The Andre Drummond trade, and how it shows market inefficiencies. We also talked Patrick's Vegas picks and NBA All-Star snubs. Tune in!
73 minutes | a year ago
D'Angelo Russell's Trade Value
We got some good Kobe comments in response to last week's show. We talk the NBA trade deadline and why the Warriors probably won't move D'Angelo Russell but maybe should. We also talk some other trade deadline topics including Andre Iguodala. We talk the Superbowl and analytics with some good insights from 538.
85 minutes | a year ago
We talk Kobe Bryant's passing, his legacy (the good and the bad), and how nerdy analytic people cope with grief (it involves redirecting anger toward transportation systems) We also talk about the great WNBA new CBA and how there is optimism in the WNBA's future.
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