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Monthly Archives: September 2007

Knicks acquire draft rights to Jared Jordan

NEW YORK, September 30, 2007 ? New York Knickerbockers President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach Isiah Thomas announced today that the draft rights to guard Jared Jordan have been acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for cash considerations. Jordan was originally selected by the Clippers in the second round (45th overall) of the 2007 NBA Draft. Jordan, 6-2, 190-pounds, averaged 13.1 points and 6.9 assists in 117 career games (108 starts) at Marist College. The 22-year old, Hartford, CT-native averaged 17.2 points and 8.7 assists as a senior in 2006-07 and became the first player since Avery …continue reading

Balkman Hurt!

According to the Associated Press (via, via poster DS): Forward Renaldo Balkman will miss at least four weeks because of a stress reaction in his right ankle, leaving the Knicks without a key reserve just days before the start of training camp. An MRI exam performed this week also revealed a small cartilage injury in the ankle, the team announced Thursday. Balkman will be fitted for a walking boot and will be re-evaluated after resting for four weeks. Here at KB, we wondered if Balkman would start the season at SF. Given Balkman’s rookie season & his phenomenal …continue reading

Hysterical! Before you get all fanboy on it, it’s meant to be funny. My favorite line: New York might be the only team in the league whose second unit could beat its first team. Lee, Robinson, Balkman… Jared Jeffries and Jerome James. Never mind. Sometimes it’s good to laugh at all the stupid things we take seriously around here.

One More Nail In the Anti-Per Minute Argument’s Coffin?

One of the core tenets of basketball statistical analysis is the usage of per minute stats. When compared to per game stats, per minute stats are highly valuable in the evaluation of individuals. This is because per minute stats puts players of varying playing time on the same level. Using per game stats, starters will always dwarf bench players due to the extended time they get to accumulate various stats. Meanwhile per-minute stats allows to compare players independent of minutes, allowing for a more even approach in player evaluation. Recently a debate has come up on the validity and usefulness …continue reading

Trying to Avoid Sam Bowie

As you may or may not have heard, #1 overall pick, Greg Oden, of the Portland Trailblazers, had season-ending knee surgery Thursday. First off, from a fan’s perspective, this news is terrible, as I think the whole basketball community was looking forward to Durant/Oden in the 2007-08 season. But what does it really mean for the Portland Trailblazers?

Do Players’ Per-Minute Stats Decline When Given More Minutes? No!

Poster Caleb put the following link in a comment to the Isiah Thomas report card, and I think it is interesting enough to get its own thread. Here is the link, which is a piece written by tziller for BallHype, exploring the results of players who are “promoted” from the bench to starting. Thanks to the data-collection efforts of Ballhype’s own Jason Gurney, I’m going to try to ensure this claim never gets stated as fact ever again. Using seasons from 1997-98 to the present, we identified all players whom played at least 45 games in two consecutive seasons and …continue reading