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    Hey man, All Time RD sign ups are up
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    Looks like I'm a week late on this, but absolutely. I'm always up for advanced stats!
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    yeah, I have insider.

    Rubio is a pretty good defender, but I disagree with Pelton putting him on his 1st team all defense. Rubio still gets murdered by screens at times, and has a tendency to over gamble at times, though anyone who averages nearly 3 steals a game will gamble here and there. He still does a million times better job keeping himself in the play compared to our other wings.
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    and what I mean about the steal is, look at Corey Brewer. Lots of steals. But he gambles so much, he puts a ton of pressure on our team defense because he takes himself out of the play. So, every steal he gets is essentially a makeup for him ****ing us on defense.
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    the value of the steal article is all over the place to me. Each steal means something different, depending on context. I do not agree you will be able to put a numerical value next to a steal without looking at how it happened.

    I saw the RPM. Will be interested to see how that stat develops. Too new to put a ton of weight into. And remember, Rubio, OF COURSE, is not killing it by his standards since we were essentially eliminated from the playoffs. Why it takes him having a depleted, done for roster to step up his game I do not understand. He did this last March too, so I refuse to set myself up for disappointment by thinking he will go into next year being aggressive and much more efficient.
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    Yea I saw, did you not get my last response?
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    As for the Fox situation, we're affiliated with them but they don't own the site. It's a great partnership, and it's actually gotten me on the Fox Sports homepage a few times. In fact, I actually once got a very angry email from Nnamdi Asomugha's best friend (we looked it up, it's actually him) because he saw something bad I wrote about Nnamdi on Yardbarker. Very funny experience. What's your name? I'll check out some of your stuff on Vantage, curious to see what you came up with. And if you ever are looking for somewhere to write, whether as a one-time guest thing or on a more regular basis that isn't Vantage, let me know. I'd love to have you do some analytics stuff for us if you're ever interested. I know you know our stuff and most of the staff is number-phobic. It's quite frustrating. Just out of curiosity, how did you get to the point of interviewing with teams and such? Were you a math/stats major in college?
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    It's just hard to get a measure of how effective that stat can be in basketball where one player can throw it completely out of whack, and there's just no way to apply that stat to an individual as opposed to a team. I guess I would say Offensive Efficiency is my favorite in that case, I find it to be far more predictive than Defensive Efficiency (as it's much easier to lose points randomly on defense through a bad bounce or strange calls than it is to gain points that way, you can typically explain bad offense through bad shooting and excessive turnovers anyway).
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    Yes, it was unpaid with both the Yankees and the Nets. I'm still in school, so I couldn't take on anything else full time (especially with The Sports Post, potentially writing for SB Nation and some other ventures I've been involved in). And yes, I'm well versed in APBR stats, but picking a favorite stat for basketball is tricky. In baseball and football, I'm a HUGE proponent of Pythagorean expectations because close games in those sports are essentially random (or at least close enough to be called such). But basketball is a different animal because having one great player swings the outcomes of close games so much. Can you really say that a team with LeBron is going to regress to the mean in close games or is he really worth enough to win X percent above average?
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    I know what you mean. I've interviewed with both the Yankees and Nets for analytics positions recently and I've used my writing to help, though in the end I didn't get either position. I do a lot of research based stuff as well, but I'd have to say writing is more of a career goal for me than working for a team. I'm just not mathematically inclined enough to really rise through the ranks in an analytics department, and I have no intention of trying to work my way through a scouting department on the off chance I might get a real executive position when I hit my late 40's or 50's. That's why I switched my college concentration to sports media (I'm an SM major at NYU). Writing just felt like a much easier way to stay involved in sports without fighting the impossible odds of working with a team. I'd love to check out some of your stuff though, I know you know your ****.
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