Inspired by FiveThirtyEight’s update of their CARMELO NBA player projections, a recent conversation on Twitter brought up the value of Elo Ratings. I decided to re-implement 538’s NBA Ratings and tried out a few improvements and variations. The code is all available on this GitHub repo. TLDR: Elo is simple, robust, and works pretty well.
BasketballGM is a remarkable, free, browser-based game. I decided to automatically generate roster files from real NBA data using some basic data science methods. The results are all on this GitHub repo and the roster files are available here
A mentor of mine once told me that the youth build their careers by spearing an older fish. Sometimes they set their sights on the wrong fish.
Some notes from visiting a small town restaurant alongside the Pacific Coast Highway.