All the numbers on new Cleveland star Kevin Love

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Analyzing the statistics on the soon-to-be-acquired power forward Where does Kevin Love rank in the NBA’s elite class? Confidently, I’d say he’s a top-12 player. In case you haven’t done this exercise in a while, it is indeed very difficult to rank NBA players. We know pretty well that the top three are LeBron James,

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Indians playoff odds, Craiglist, stats and Byron Scott… While We’re Waiting

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Holding out hope: The Cleveland Indians are 47-47 at the All-Star Break. There are only 68 games left to play in the regular season. In order to make the playoffs again, the Indians will likely have to go on a torrid second-half run yet again Last year, you might recall how I often updated the

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On Andrew Wiggins’ ‘fast-twitch’ abilities: There’s an app for that

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When the national TV cameras shifted over to Cavs general manager David Griffin last night, he used a phrase that sparked my analytical curiosity. The particular phrase is highlighted below in his comments: “We really believe, at this point, for Andrew [Wiggins], his defense is a skill set. He does it with the fast-twitch muscle

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Hey Nate Silver, you ignored Kyrie Irving’s age

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As expected, FiveThirtyEight czar Nate Silver was hot at the scene of another topical NBA story with a long, data-heavy feature last week at his relaunched site. This time around, the story was about Kyrie Irving’s future in a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform and whether the team should offer him a max contract this summer. While

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Playing the Odds: Everything we know about the Cavaliers and analytics

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Where numbers and charts collide with the “eyes and ears” of NBA decision making   Have you ever watched the movie 21? The one about the MIT blackjack players who got rich quick? It was mostly real, if you didn’t know. The movie was based on a 2003 book titled Bringing Down the House, written by

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On defensive analytics and the Cavs’ recent issues

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“Math is winning out on offense in the NBA.” These were the words of Grantland’s Zach Lowe, the man whose writing represents basketball’s best combination of analytics with the league beat. But what does Lowe mean by that exactly? And where can we see information relevant for the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers, owners of the NBA’s

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The Diff: Revisiting ShotScore and how the Cavs are terrible

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The Diff is your weekly WFNY look into the amazing world of sports statistics. For a complete log of articles, click this link. Last week, I wrote about the downfall for the Cavs in four terrible home losses. This week, I’m focusing on shooting data again. Within the next 15 days, this Cleveland Cavaliers roster

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The Diff: C.J. Miles, Cleveland Cavaliers difference-maker

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The Diff is your (usually) weekly WFNY look into the amazing world of sport statistics. For a complete log of articles, click this link. Two weeks ago, I recapped all of the Cleveland Indians pitching moves this offseason. Today, I’m writing about an unheralded Cleveland Cavaliers hero. C.J. Miles is an inconsistent NBA player, generally

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WFNY Stats & Info: Assessing Luol Deng’s value in Cleveland

Luol Deng, 28 years old, represents a tremendous upgrade at small forward for the 11-23 Cavs. He’s a back-to-back All-Star scoring the most points in his career this season. He’ll take away minutes from Alonzo Gee et al in the team’s rotation. While the future ramifications of this move are up in the air, here

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The Diff: The Cavs and their terrible, horrible offense

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The Diff is your (usually) weekly WFNY look into the amazing world of sports statistics. For a complete log of articles, click this link. Welcome to 2014. Two weeks ago, I wrote about Omer Asik trade rumors and the Cavaliers. Today, I’m writing about the Cavs’ no good, very bad offense. The Cleveland Cavaliers somehow

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WFNY Stats & Info: C.J. Miles’ extended slump

The Cavs are now 10-19. There are a myriad of reasons why they’ve been a bad team through the season’s first two months. But of late, one of the issues is starting shooting guard C.J. Miles. Miles, plucked away in free agency from Utah last summer, actually was off to a great start to the

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The Diff: Cavs big men trio among NBA’s best of late

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The Diff is your weekly WFNY look into the amazing world of sports statistics. For a complete log of articles, click this link. Last week, I wrote about “ace” Justin Masterson’s future with the Cleveland Indians. This week, it’s back to basketball to talk Cavaliers big men. The Cleveland Cavaliers have suddenly won four of

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Cavs thoughts on Dion’s success, trades, Kyrie’s struggles and more

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During Thanksgiving eve and the actual holiday itself, I got a lot of questions from family and friends about those pesky 4-11 Cleveland Cavaliers. I’m sure you did too. Here are my assorted takes on the hottest of Cavs topics at the moment. On the Dion Waiters trade options listed so far … meh. That’s

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The Diff: Making sense of Dion Waiters’ present and future

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The Diff is your weekly WFNY look into the amazing world of sports statistics. For a complete log of articles, click this link. Last week, I shared some stats after the Browns’ depressing loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. This week, I’m talking at length about Dion Waiters. Dion Waiters is the most polarizing player on

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The Diff: SportVU and early Cavaliers shooting data

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The Diff is your weekly WFNY look into the amazing world of sports statistics. For a complete log of articles, click this link. Last week, I looked at the Cleveland Indians offseason with their 2014 salary situation. This week, I’m talking about advanced shooting stats in the NBA. The NBA is on the verge of

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While We’re Waiting… Still giddy about Cavs’ opening victory

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Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to tips@waitingfornextyear.com. Great read from the fantastic Opening Night victory:

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The Diff: Projecting the Cavs’ 2013-2014 rotation

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The Diff is your weekly WFNY look into the amazing world of sports statistics. For a complete log of articles, click this link. Last week, I wrote about how Kyrie Irving might actually be over-rated. This week, I’m writing about typical NBA rotations. The Cavs have had some strange players take the court over the

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The Diff: Estimating NBA ShotScores through shooting zones

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The Diff is your weekly WFNY look into the amazing world of sports statistics. For a complete log of articles, click this link. Last week, I wrote about three intriguing stat-lines to watch for the 2013-14 Cavaliers. This week, I’m getting into NBA shooting charts. One of my favorite sportswriters is Grantland’s Kirk Goldsberry. Like

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The Diff: Fun Cleveland Cavs facts fans keep forgetting

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The Diff is your weekly Wednesday WFNY look into the amazing world of sports statistics. For a complete log of articles, click this link. Last week, I provided an All-Star Break update of the top prospects in the Cleveland Indians system, This week, I’m talking about the Cavs’ offseason. This NBA offseason seems like it

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WFNY Stats & Info: Tristan Thompson’s improving blocked rate

I noticed this comment on my latest edition of The Diff from Wedensday. This one fellow believes that Cavaliers power forward Tristan Thompson is being blocked less often than last year. So, I decided to look into his game log from this season, before/after Dec. 19, the game when center Anderson Varejao got hurt. Type GP FGA/G BLKD/G

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