Monday, December 27, 2010

NBA Christmas Carol: Starring LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Tracy McGrady & David Stern

I've posted some thoughts on NBA Christmas games at Bleacher Report:

NBA X-Mas Carol: Starring LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Tracy McGrady & David Stern | Bleacher Report

The article is a slideshow that uses Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol to identify the best Christmas players in the NBA from the past, present and immediate future of the 21st century.  The slideshow is Powered By NerdNumbers since Andres Alvarez was kind enough to provide me with wins produced data for every Christmas game played from 2000 to 2009.

Wins Produced stats for players in all 21st century Christmas games and boxscores for games between the Bulls, Knicks, Celtics, Magic, Thunder, Nuggets, Warriors and Blazers are embedded below and can also be viewed at Google Docs.

Wins Produced analysis of the boxscore for the Heat-Lakers games is embedded below and can also be viewed at Google Docs.

Also, the Heat Produced Page has been updated with stats from games against the Suns and Lakers. 

Lastly, a quick Heat check:
  • LeBron James had an amazing holiday weekend against the Suns and Lakers with an estimated 1.1 wins produced from his two best games of the season. Those performances, in conjunction with Wade's injured knee, resulted in LeBron taking over the lead for Miami in Heat Produced.
  • Chris Bosh has improved his possession stats (rebounds, steals and turnovers) to the point where his at least average at his position in all statistical categories. No other member of the Heat can say that.
  • As a result of Bosh's improvement, all Three Kings have an estimated WP48 of 0.200 or higher. That's star power, baby.
  • Mike Miller came back at just the right time since James Jones' production is starting to slip. Jones only produced an estimated -0.3 wins last week. Of course, Miller was terrible last week, too. He didn't hit a shot in 25 minutes of playing time and only produced -0.341 WP48, but the sooner he gets going the better.
  • Mario Chalmers missed his first free throw of the season on Christmas Day against the Lakers.
  • Erick Dampier cannot shoot or score, but his performance is above average in the non-scoring categories and his per-minute productivity has increased to 0.134 EWP48.

All stats from Christmas 2000-2009 are Powered By NerdNumbers. All other stats were calculated using original data taken from and


  1. Santa Wade and his reindeer (you know Lebron and Chris Bosh, and Dancer and Prancer) came into town and left a lump of coal in Kobe's stocking.

  2. "the Dancer and Prancer" - that's pretty funny...

    I saw a comment somewhere else that said Bosh runs like a pregnant woman when he does his backward trot after draining a jumper.