The NBA thinks the Chicago Bulls defense is a big problem but HEAT fans don't. The Miami Heat Index went behind enemy lines with sports economist David Berri to discuss whether the Chicago Bulls would improve if they traded for Dwight Howard or if the NBA's new revenue sharing plan helps small market teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder or Denver Nuggets compete for his services. The podcast also discussed comparisons of Paul Pierce to Larry Bird and Kobe Bryant to Magic Johnson, fake superstars and real title contenders.
Podcasters: Miami Heat Index and David Berri
Recorded: February 10, 2012 at 4:15 PM ET
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The podcasters covered the topics and articles listed below during the discussion.
Lakers vs. Celtics
Paul Pierce passed Larry Bird for second place on the Celtics all-time scoring list, but he has not passed him in terms of Wins Produced.
- Pierce: 120 Wins Produced in 36,465 minutes (0.158 WP48)
- Bird: 185 Wins Produced in 34,443 minutes (0.258 WP48)
Kobe Bryant passed Shaquille O'Neal for fifth place on the NBA's all-time scoring list and sparked a debate on who is the greatest Laker of all-time. Magic said Kobe is the greatest Laker of all-time, but that's not the case in terms of Wins Produced.
- Kobe: 129 Wins Produced in 41,187 minutes (0.150 WP48)
- Magic: 245 Wins Produced in 33,245 minutes (0.354 WP48)
Would Bird say Pierce was a greater Celtic if they had the same number of titles? Berri suggested the differences in Bird and Magic's personalities would lead to different responses.
Authenticity of Superstars
Charles Barkley said on TNT's NBA Tip-Off there are only six great players in the NBA and a lot of "fake superstars." Berri listed six great players from the 2012 All-Star teams and some fake superstars, in terms of Wins Produced this season (points scored is per 48 minutes).
- Real superstars
- LeBron James: 36 pts, 0.351 wp48
- Dwight Howard: 26.2 pts, 0.261 wp48
- Kevin Durant: 34 pts, 0.214 wp48
- Steve Nash: 22.9 pts, 0.285 wp48
- Kevin Love: 30.8 pts, 0.264 wp48
- Chris Paul: 24.8 pts, 0.300 wp48
- Fake superstars:
From Pretender to Contender... Faster Than a Speeding Bullet
As the only "real superstar" that demanded a trade, which teams could Dwight Howard take from good to great? Will the NBA's new revenue-sharing plan enable any small market teams like the Thunder or the Nuggets to compete for Howard's services?
This podcast was inspired by E.J. Fischer.
- Berri: Revenue Sharing Isn't Needed to Make NBA Small-Market Teams Competitive
- Trade Machine: Bulls trade Carlos Boozer & Joakim Noah (ineligible for trade until March 1st) for Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu. Bulls lose 0.8 wins produced to Magic according to The NBA Geek website.
- Trade Machine: Thunder trade Kendrick Perkins, Russell Westbrook and James Harden for Dwight Howard. Thunder lose 0.7 wins produced to Magic.