The ThirdQuarterCollapse.com wrote a wrap up of yesterday’s Knicks-Magic game that included some four factor analysis. But apparently they’re not the only ones covering the Magic that are using advanced stats. This morning I received this in my inbox:
I thought you’d like to know that Magic color commentator Matt Guokas mentioned your site tonight when discussing advanced stats. I’m not sure if you’ve ever heard a Magic telecast, but Guokas and play-by-play man David Steele have a reasonably sophisticated knowledge of advanced stats. They’re the only guys I know who refer to pace, offensive efficiency, and defensive efficiency.
Anyway, during tonight’s telecast, Steele playfully asked Guokas the source of one statistic he used (it sounded like Steele believed Guokas made it up) and Guokas said something to the effect of, “I have several.” When Steele pressed further, Guokas said something like, “One of the places I visit is KnickerBlogger. They have all the defensive and offensive efficiencies, pace, effective field goal percentage, all that stuff.” Unfortunately, I do not have an exact transcript of what he said, but I do know that KnickerBlogger was the only site he mentioned, and he specifically named those four stats as things one can find on KnickerBlogger.
So congratulations, Mike. You’ve hit the big-time, at least in Orlando’s TV market.
“Ben Q. Rock”
I’d love to hear exactly what Matt said, so if anyone has a broadcast of the game from Orlando’s side in any format drop me an email (there’s a link at the top of this post). I’d love to get my hands on it.
Oh and if you’re reading this Matt, feel free to drop me a line as well. We can chat about stats.