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A Billy Beane for Basketball?

According to this article in Wired, a man named Dean Oliver is trying to do for basketball what Bill James and Billy Beane did for baseball: create and exploit new metrics in order to better distinguish players who win from those who simply generate gaudy traditional stats. The Wired article is written by Hugo Lindgren, who is in some measure responsible for Freakonomics. Hugo used to be an editor at The New York Times Magazine, and it was Hugo who sent me to Chicago a couple years ago to interview Steve Levitt. Thanks, Hugo. And nice piece. (Thanks to Adam Scott of for the link.)