By: Edward Egros

Draft

Outside the Box: Talent Variability

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Like it or not, talent in the NBA tends to strengthen going into the future. At the same time, some draft classes are naturally better than others. How much variability can we expect from year to year? In other words, how much better is the best draft class than everyone else, and how bad can it get with one particular group? And with the advances in technology and scouting, could we ever have another class that significantly dips in overall talent?

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Character Counts

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How much does adding a player like Greg Hardy, who was punished for assaulting his ex-girlfriend, hinder his team based solely upon his past? One of the more difficult things to quantify is how much a football player's character matters for success. Not only is character defined differently by different people, anecdotal evidence does not seem to lead in any one direction.

But there may be something concrete to consider in the NFL. Alex Piquero is a professor of criminology at the University of Texas at Dallas. In his research he has discovered players with a history of violent crime go on to commit more penalties on the football field than those who haven't. Recently I sat down with Professor Piquero to elaborate.

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