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Hello World! Because WordPress.com really needed another blog ;-)

My name is Michael ‘wiLQ’ Wilczynski and I’m really passionate about all aspects of the NBA especially big picture point of view, optimal efficiency and all kinds of rare oddities, atypical strategies, unusual events etc… plus fantasy sports which kind of combine all of aforementioned things.

In the beginning let’s get obvious out-of-the-way: I won’t be the smartest guy writing about the NBA, nor the most skilled one, nor the funniest one, nor the most accomplished fantasy GM plus I have zero inside connections and my writing skills in English will lead to many mistakes [I apologize in advance for them].
So why do I do this?

Quite frankly there’s only one reason to write this blog:
I’m pretty sure my curiosity is off the charts and I’d like to channel it somewhere public.
Since 2004 I have been writing on a local Polish usenet group about basketball and even though I still love this format it’s slowly dying so I’d like to try a new form.

Because the biggest problem with curiosity is that you ask a lot of questions and then you attempt to find answers or data which can satisfy it. In some cases you can do it on your own [and then it’s very quickly lost which will change thanks to posting on this blog] but in most cases you can’t… so you are welcome to comment or ask about anything. I believe in a mantra “there are no stupid questions” ;-)

With all that said you can easily figure out what you will find here but let’s make it clear:
– some comments about real events, articles or podcasts,
– some surprisingly solid ideas with bad execution like this one: http://www.82games.com/wilq.htm,
– some questionable analysis with solid objective like this one: http://www.82games.com/wilq3.htm,
– most often you will find something like this http://www.82games.com/wilq2.htm.
I can only hope you will enjoy it the same way as me ;-)

BTW, e-mail address in aforementioned links is no longer active [and it was a painful lesson because spam killed it within months] so if you want to contact me write to this e-mail alias: wilq[at_sign]pro.wp.pl.

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Almost 2 years and 150 posts later I have more data so I can be more specific about… “About”.
And because it’s the easiest and the most efficient way I’ll do it F.A.Q.-style even though most of these questions haven’t been actually asked ;-)

Why do you have so many tables? They are almost in every post!
Yes, they are and they will be. Here’s my perspective: internet is full of essays, articles, stories etc about NBA but IMHO huge majority of them is more about the form than the content. They are long and descriptive about something which in essence is very short and easy to explain.
I’d like to do something opposite so focus more on pure content and assume that readers will have their own conclusions about it. Hell, they could be different from mine[!] which I mention rather briefly.
Tables full of data/information represent such pure content for me so that’s why there are so many of them here.

How often will you write?
It depends. After experimenting with the writing schedule in the first 2 years I think I’ve found a happy medium.
It has a three stages related to the NBA:

during the regular season I’ll blog very occasionally if anything at all. The reason for this is pretty simple – there’s too much going on around the NBA then – I read a lot and I privately discuss and play in multiple fantasy leagues so it takes too much free time already. But please don’t think that silence on the blog means a break on analytic front – I still ask a lot of questions [or write them down for later!], I still collect data and analyze it but the goal for them is “my fantasy teams” not “my blog”.

during NBA playoffs is my blogging training camp. I’ll post without any regularity to cover time-sensitive topics and ones I simply couldn’t wait any longer so there will be some posts on the blog but mostly it’s the time to just enjoy watching games and pre-prepare data for future posts.

during the NBA offseason my regular writing season starts. Not only I can spend the most free time researching stuff then but also that’s time of the least activity around NBA blogosphere so it fits nicely into my philosophy [more on that below].

How do you choose topics? Could you write something about […]?

There are three deciding factors for choosing topics:
1) do I have [or is there] data for it [or can I create it] and how quickly can I process it,
2) I can’t easily google similar topic / angle / point / data / information [one of the reasons behind blog’s name!],
3) I can find a link to present events [and most of them have no connection whatsoever].

In my opinion the second factor is what could separate this blog from other blogs. Many sites and authors cover, for example, “which team will win this playoff series” but usually their angle is similar and none of them focus on, for example, jump balls or real-time length of games. I’d like to become that guy who fills some voids so I will try my best to write quality and original posts as often as possible.

It’s worth mentioning that this approach has one huge drawback – freshness has an expiring date. When I write a topic it’s usually not covered at all but it can change quickly with the addition of one other site or tool on the internet. The most painful example was with dunks, I tried to expand statistics on them in early February of 2012… but literally one week later basketball-reference.com introduced Play Index+ which allows us to find those numbers quickly. Ooops. Another good example was with Points Off Turnovers – I presented some original data for them in 2011 but in 2013 sportingcharts.com made another step forward in this topic.
Oh, well… stuff happens.

Additionally I try to mix among all three possible types of topics which are:

I’ve noticed that you add posts to the past days, what the hell?
Yes, it’s possible that when you visit blog on one day, there won’t be anything new to read but if you come back next day suddenly new post has appeared on a previous day. Most often it happens with Sunday’s posts and those based on the same dataset and the reason for it is very simple: I prefer regular every-day time-table of posts than two posts on one day and zero on next day even though I sometimes didn’t have time or data to actually write them on a said day or it took me longer than I’ve expected.

Do you use Twitter? Can I contact you there?
UPDATE: I’m giving Twitter a second chance @Exploring_NBA because there’s a possibility I misused it.
Other than that below paragraph is still mostly true.

I feel like I gave Twitter a fair and extended shot but it wasn’t my cup of tea. Don’t get me wrong, I read other’s feeds, it helped me understand it’s popularity and how beautiful is a flow of information during big NBA events like trade-deadline and I’m thankful for every mention of my blog but it’s simply a personal preference: I’d rather write one solid post with 1000 words than 100 solid tweets and I don’t even have time for both. I’d rather spend time researching stuff to find some answers than spit one-liners like machine gun in an attempt to be funny/informative/interesting in 140 characters. With all that said technically I still own an account, but I rarely check it, so if you don’t care about long-ish time of response you can use it ;-) But if you want a quick answer write to this e-mail alias: wilq[at_sign]pro.wp.pl or simply use comments under any topic. I read them all. Speaking of which..

What’s your policy on comments?
Right now, I don’t have one because I don’t need it but I’ve already deleted some comments which looked like a pure spam. Other than that I’m fine with every feedback I can get and by the way you can comment even without filling out “name” and “e-mail address” in the comments’ form.

Could you explain what’s behind your nickname? What is the proper pronunciation for it?
Simple explanation: just read it and interpret it as ‘wolf’ and you will be fine.

Extended in-depth version: In Polish word “wilq” has the same pronunciation as one declension of word “wolf” which is pretty much the base for my surname. When I grew up there were surprisingly many guys named Michael around and my surname was the easiest one to call me differently so it very quickly catch on [even among most adults]. I didn’t discourage it in any way on any level because… well, what’s wrong with being called ‘wolf’? So over the years I’ve got used to it so much that I started to encourage others to refer to me by wiLQ and to this day I react slightly quicker to my nickname than to my real name ;-)

If you want to know, nickname’s pronunciation is the same as one for a non-existent word “veelkoo” but sound for “ee” & “oo” should end around 50% quicker than in English. To be more precise it sounds like this:
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/vee [but finished quicker] +
“L” is the same as with every English word which starts with this letter +
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/koo [but finished quicker]

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13 responses to “About

  1. Crow

    May 26, 2011 at 19:53

    Nice looking blog.

    Will check back periodically to read your research.

     
  2. wiLQ

    May 26, 2011 at 22:10

    “Nice looking blog.”
    Thanks, although compliments probably should go to http://cssmayo.com/ because it’s their theme ;-)

     
  3. Kelly

    September 7, 2011 at 18:28

    Hi there.

    My name is Kelly Scaletta from Bleacher Report. I noticed your articles on fouls in researching for an article on my own. I’m looking at who “gets the call” on defense most often, and I want to use a ratio of charges/shooting fouls.

    Here’s an example of my work, http://bleacherreport.com/articles/833257-michael-jordan-could-he-really-score-50-with-the-hand-check-rules-in-place.

    I would site your work and provide a link for you as well as a serious shout out. You have great work here. I’ve received over a million reads and I expect the article would have several thousand reads meaning you would probably get around 3,000 reads off the link.

    Since you put a lot of work into this though I didn’t want to use your work without asking permission first. Let me know if it’s OK.

    Kelly Scaletta

     
    • wiLQ

      September 7, 2011 at 20:16

      “Since you put a lot of work into this though I didn’t want to use your work without asking permission first. Let me know if it’s OK.”
      Sure, you are welcome. It’s not only OK, it would be great and it was one the reasons behind publishing those numbers. Although I’m not sure all the credit should go to me – it is based on publicly available play-by-play data from ESPN so I’m just the messenger.

      “I expect the article would have several thousand reads meaning you would probably get around 3,000 reads off the link.”
      Do you suggest that 20-25% of your readers click on every link? That would be an impressive ratio! Don’t get me wrong, I really appreciate your question but that pitch was really unnecessary – I would notice even 30 visits from one referral page since it would be a huge day for this blog during my work stoppage ;-)

       
  4. Greg J.

    December 16, 2011 at 17:51

    Randomly stumbled upon your website while searching for something else in google … and I’m VERY glad I did. Read a lot of your stuff – some I agree with, some I really don’t – and I think you should keep it up. I like the style and subject you write about.

    Can’t wait till X-Mas 2011!!

     
  5. Anonymous

    January 17, 2012 at 03:32

    Hello,

    Nice site man. I noticed you also do mock drafts. I’m emailing you to see if would like if you would like to link to us? We do mock drafts as well.

    Thanks,
    Darrin

    http://www.mockdrafthq.com

     
  6. Anonymous

    November 2, 2013 at 01:14

    We appreciated looking at your blog. Maintain that this way.

     
  7. 57th State

    March 14, 2014 at 11:59

    Hello,

    I just stumbled onto your blog and wanted to know that I thing it is great.

    I have some questions for you if you don’t mind. When I watch a team that doesn’t look particularly well-coached, what are the stats that you think are the most telling?

    I always place a lot of emphasis on hustle plays, but that is sort of nebulous. There is a college team I watch quite regularly and though they seem to do fairly well most of the time, it is my contention that it is because of their raw ability and has very little to do with their coaching. They seem to be able make up for lack of hustle and effort a lot of time just because they are an exceedingly tall team and fairly good at 3-pt shooting. So, although they don’t create many steals and often turn the ball over they can get away with it and still look efficient on offense (points/possesion) because they get a lot of easy buckets on the offensive boards. I’ve had a hard time convincing people their coach is just not that good because they seem to have decent results though. In your opinion, what stats stats correlate best with well-coached teams? And the corollary to that, what stats exemplify poor coaching?

    I guess the answer might be biased, based upon perceptions of a good coach. For my money, it is hard to beat Greg Popovich. I’ll be interested to see what you have to say.

    thanks,

     
    • wiLQ

      March 24, 2014 at 22:33

      Maybe efficiency after time-outs? But overall I don’t know because those questions are really hard to answer – how do you separate coaches’ impact from players’ talent?

       
  8. Anonymous

    April 29, 2014 at 00:33

    re: celtics timeline of ownership. is it not important to note the fact the gaston group brought the team public selling 49% of team granted, with B shares for a tidy sum at the time.? that is public knowledge and listed with SEC. all goes to the facts…

     
  9. Anonymous

    April 29, 2014 at 00:35

    followup re: Celtics – and the fact that the price paid to gaston was for less than all the shares – only controlling interest…

     
  10. Adam Mastalski

    May 24, 2015 at 00:04

    I have been wondering with all of the injuries in the NBA this year if you have ever looked into length of career or injury occurrence in 4 year college players vs one and done or earlier straight out of high school guys. You look at Tim Duncan who has stayed relatively healthy compared to some younger guys who were one and done. Curious if players leaving early for the grind of the NBA before their bodies are fully developed is the cause of this recent influx

     
    • wiLQ

      May 24, 2015 at 00:28

      No, I haven’t checked it and influx of players leaving early started ~20 years ago so why would it affect injuries now? We would have seen plenty of them in the 2000s.
      Also Duncan is historical outlier on many levels [how many players played well in late 30s?] so IMO you would have to find more healthy seniors to even begin this investigation ;-)

       

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