Thursday, January 28, 2010

Lakernomics

I'm about to start teaching economics for second semester and will be teaching the concept of marginal benefits and marginal costs. For the guys, I'm going to use a Lakers example to discuss the idea.
What would be more valuable to the Lakers: a trade sending Kobe in exchange for Lebron, or a trade sending relatively unknown player A in exchange for relatively unknown but significantly more productive player B. Any ideas as to who I could use for the second trade? (I will be giving them the stat lines.) Pineapple? Huevos? MB?

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

big assumption included in the first part of the problem. Sasha Vujacic and Adam Morrison for a bag of basketballs would be favorable for the lakers at this point.

pc

1/28/2010 4:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bear in mind, i'm not saying there's necessarily one right answer over another.
mcsquared

1/28/2010 4:25 PM  
Blogger Huevos McGringo said...

specifics players is a harder question, i'll have to mull on that. but what you should look at / use in class is this:

http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine

you can scope out possible trades in terms of salary cap compatibility. it also indicates each guy's player efficiency rating (PER), basically how statistically productive they are. so you can sort of look at who is producing for the money, and who ain't.

1/29/2010 3:15 PM  
Blogger Huevos McGringo said...

ps- lebron is no 1 in PER. kobe is no 8.

1/29/2010 3:18 PM  
Blogger 知道 said...

cool blog,期待更新.........................

1/30/2010 4:55 AM  

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