Nerd Numbers

Andrés Alvarez
Viewing sports and the world through an analytics lens.
Created 12 Apr 2021
  • Allen Iverson and the 20-Point Wall
    20 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    Scott Williams Knows Analytics Didn't matter if [Allen Iverson] was shooting 38% from the field, he only cared about getting 30 shots. Well, hell, you give me fricken 25 shots Ima score 20 points a ga...
  • Should the 76ers Have Traded Joel Embiid?
    03 Sep 2021 • 5 min read
    Five years after Sam Hinkie, the architect of The Process in Philly was ousted, his strategy was vindicated last season. The Sixers finished with the best record out East with a team anchored around t...
  • The 2022 Lakers and the Myth of the 2004 Lakers
    16 Aug 2021 • 5 min read • 1 1
    Special thanks to Chris Yeh for this story. As one of the best Lakers fans out there, he has repeatedly uttered: “Karl Malone for Medvedenko!!” (the most recent being on our last episode of the Boxsco...
  • 10* Great Ted Lasso Comparisons
    21 Jul 2021 • 7 min read
    You can find this post in the audio form if you’d like on my Substack Podcast Feed! Like many, I’ve become a pretty big Ted Lasso fan. This last week, I attended LassoCon, a virtual Ted Lasso conventi...
  • Thoughts on Ted Lasso
    21 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read
    The audio version of my article: “Ted Lasso Random Thoughts” I give 9 thoughts on season 1 of Ted Lasso with comparisons to sports movies and random observations. Enjoy! For astute viewers that caught...
  • Ben Simmons and the 1990 Chicago Bulls
    07 Jul 2021 • 3 min read
    The Atlanta Hawks Cinderella run has come to an end. In the midst of their heroic attempt to make the NBA Finals, a funny thing happened — Ben Simmons became a villain. The Hawks downed the 76ers in s...
  • A lot of thoughts on Jokic's, wait, Gobert's? Defense
    21 Jun 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    In game three of the Western Conference Semifinals, Nikola Jokic put up a 32-20-10 triple-double. Oddly though, in the midst of such a performance, Jokic was getting criticized for his defense. I had ...
  • Was the Kristaps Porzingis Trade a Mistake?
    08 Jun 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    In 2019 the Mavericks made a “blockbuster” trade by sending DeAndre Jordan and Wes Matthews out the door for Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. The Mavericks also threw in two first-round picks! ...
  • Remembering the Amazing Mark Eaton
    01 Jun 2021 • 4 min read
    On April 4th, 1984, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar made history by becoming the all-time scoring leader in NBA history. And he did so in perfect fashion. Kareem used his unbeatable skyhook to score over Mark Eat...
  • Book Research: The Underappreciated Mark Jackson
    30 May 2021 • < 1 min read
    Refresher to you premium subscribers. I’m working on an NBA project idea: reviewing every star move in NBA history and seeing how they turned out. From my own knowledge and mostly anecdotal background...
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