Madison Dan

  • joined Aug 08, 2009
  • last login Jul 25, 2014
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NCAA Tournament Pool, Player Style

For many years, I did a "player pool" version of the NCAA bracket, in which players are selected instead of teams. Most points scored wins. Back in the day, we'd keep it to 8 teams with 10 players...


Are the Wolves Doomed to Lose Close Games?

Madison Dan runs the numbers. Like he does.


Schedule, Schedule, Schedule

Madison Dan on how the schedule affects results.


Madison Dan's Timberwolves Curse

It's time to make a sacrifice.

NBA Draft: MDSD Scores and Other Stats

Madison Dan's Standard Deviations for 2013 NBA Draftees.


Is a Love, Rubio, Pekovic Core Good Enough?

This off-season, the Timberwolves are in a position to secure a core of Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, and Nikola Pekovic for at least the next couple of seasons. The question is: how good can we expect...

New Wolves Play-by-Play Announcer


It is Dave Benz from San Francisco. Is anyone familiar with his work?


What will happen with Batum? A poll.

Due to popular demand, here is a poll where we can express our opinions about what will happen with Batum. This is NOT what you want to happen, but what you think will happen. Let me know if I...


The Statistic the Timberwolves Forgot (Or Never Knew)

There was a lot of news about our favorite team over the weekend. The Wolves appear to be set to make a large ($50m/4yrs?) offer to Batum. They're talking to Greg Stiemsma, Brandon Roy, and J...


Robbie Hummel's Performance Against Top-100 RPI Teams

OK, it's just the 58th pick. I'm still going to spend some time on it. Now that we have an actual player to look at, let's see how he fits in with the small forwards I looked at before the draft. ...


Finally, a move to improve our wing play

In 2010 2012, the Wolves traded the 16th 18th pick for Martell Webster Chase Budinger. Webster Budinger is 23 years old and was mostly coming off the bench for the Blazers Rockets. He averaged 2...


The Effect of College Experience on NBA Production

When comparing draft prospects, I've found it difficult to deal with the effect of age. For example, Jae Crowder put up much better statistics than Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, but Crowder is also a...


No More Numbers: A Summary of My Draft Research (Now with Poll!)

I've been bombarding the site with numbers over the last few days. I thought it would be fun to summarize (very, very qualitatively) what I think after doing all of that.


Power Forward Statistics Against Top-100 RPI Teams

This is the final installment in my series of posts examining how draft prospects performed against top-100 RPI teams. (PGs here; SGs here; SFs here; Cs here.) Power forward is regarded as the...


Center Statistics Against Top-100 RPI Teams

Today's position is center, which could be of interest to the Wolves if they amnesty (or otherwise part with) Darko Milicic. (Other positions reviewed: PGs here, SGs here, and SFs here.) There...


Point Guard Statistics Against Top-100 RPI Teams

Today I look at how point guards did against top-100 RPI teams. (See here for SGs and here for SFs.) This is widely regarded as a weak year for point guards, and the numbers reflect that. Damian...


Small Forward Statistics Against Top-100 RPI Teams

I thought it might be useful to extend my top-100 RPI analysis to other positions. Today it's small forwards. (You can read my review of shooting guards here, which also has links to the data...


Shooting Guard Statistics Against Top-100 RPI Teams

College basketball teams play very different schedules. Some of the small conference guys put up pretty good numbers. This can make it difficult to conduct an apples-to-apples comparison across...


Get. Will. Barton.

We've been so busy discussing Jae Crowder that I feel like I've neglected my other pet project: a movement to draft Will Barton, the sophomore shooting guard from Memphis. After the jump, I'll...


Around the League: Milwaukee Bucks

As a kid growing up in Bloomington in the 80s, I was a Bucks fan. Yes kids, there was a time before the Timberwolves existed. The Wolves came into being as I headed off to college, and I...


Fun with Draft Data (Updated!)

Since I've pretty much given up on the season, I've been looking into the draft. This post provides a lot of raw data and a score that I've created to help evaluate players. I'll wrap it up with...


The Wolves are Getting Competent Wing Play

Well, maybe. I thought that would get your attention. I looked at stats since the All-Star break for Wes, Beasley, Martell, and Wayne. Together they've accounted for about 83 of the 96 minutes...


Madison Hoopus Night

Eric and I are planning on meeting at the Stadium Bar (across the street from Camp Randall) to watch next Tuesday's (March 27th) game against Memphis.


What's Different?

The Wolves have clearly improved a lot relative to last year. We all know that swapping Rambis and Flynn for Adelman and Rubio made a big difference, but what shows up in the stats so far?

Timberwolves, Kevin Love agree to 4-year, $62M deal


Phew! (Editor's note: This may or may not have actually happened. Zgoda and AP Guy both say there is no deal yet.)


Wayne in the Forecast?

As we've all noticed, Wayne Ellington has been playing very well lately. The question we all want answered is: can he keep it going?

The 50 Worst NBA Rotation Players


13. Wayne Ellington SG, Minnesota Timberwolves I’ve already written about Jonny Flynn, Darko Milicic, and Sebastian Telfair for this project. Good God, what a team this was.


Wolves' Shooting by Location

As you may have read in my previous FanPost, the 2010-11 Wolves were 29th in the league in 2-point shooting percentage.  My statistical models estimated that this cost them 9.3 wins relative to an...


Team Strengths and Weaknesses

In my deep dive into Basketball-Reference.com, I got tired of looking at player data and decided to dig into the team statistics.  It led me to an investigation of the factors that lead to wins. ...


2004 Championship Ring Raffle Deadline Extended to June 3rd

Wolves fan here.  I thought you might want to know that the deadline for Darko's championship ring raffle has been extended to June 3rd at 11:00 am ET.  The prize includes the ring, a fully paid...

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