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Sports Freakonomics

How Did the Worst Team in NBA History Become a Title Contender?

David Berri | Posted 03.10.2013 | Sports
David Berri

Unlike every other big market team in North America, the Clippers have never, ever, ever been a title contender. This season they are one of the very best teams in the NBA. And that leads one to wonder... how did this worst team in NBA history become a title contender?

Price Controls in the NBA Force Teams to Find Different Ways to Keep Their Stars

David Berri | Posted 09.18.2012 | Sports
David Berri

One player can't win a title. You need other pieces to contend. And the people leading these franchises clearly couldn't identify enough pieces to make a title happen.

Kevin Durant Impersonates Russell Westbrook for Sprint

David Berri | Posted 07.09.2012 | Sports
David Berri

ften people don't pay attention to what people say in ads. But this one -- starring Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder -- has a very interesting opening line.

You Don't Need to Be Bad to Be Good in the NBA

David Berri | Posted 05.27.2012 | Sports
David Berri

Should a team give up on the present by trading away an excellent player for a chance at one of those amazing number one picks in the draft? That suggests you need to sacrifice today to win tomorrow. But is this true?