Introducing WPA to the masses 

July, 29, 2010

While he's away on vacation, Peter invited NBA stathead (and frequest Insider contributor) Tom Haberstroh to guest-star on his blog. His topic today? A new second-level measurement that could calculate just how much LeBron James brings to every possession with the Miami Heat.

"Someone created the box score and he should be shot." -- Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey

The state of basketball analytics remains far behind baseball's sabermetrics world, which caught fire a little under a decade ago. While Brad Pitt, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jonah Hill get ready for their roles in the oft-delayed "Moneyball" movie, basketball analytics remain in the infant stages, attempting to outgrow the restrictive confines of the box score.

Tom Haberstroh

ESPN Staff Writer