Velveeta Twitter account shares anti-analytics NBA hot takes
One wouldn’t think to search out deep thoughts about the NBA by perusing the Twitter account of popular processed cheese food, but Velveeta has curiously changed the game.
On Monday, the official Twitter account of Velveeta unleashed a flurry of NBA-centric tweets, many of which railed against the value of an analytics-based parsing of the game.
A sampling of the anti-analytics screed, as curated by Dime Mag, shared by … Velveeta. It all started with whoever was running Velveeta’s Twitter account on Monday arguing that Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf is the most underrated player in NBA history, a query offered up by Hoop Central.
mahmoud abdul-rauf— Velveeta (@EatLiquidGold) November 2, 2020
Then, Velveeta’s official, evident bias against analytics was shared with the masses.
IF THATS TRUE ITS PROB MORE A COMMENTARY ON THE VALUE OF +/- AS CONSTRUCTIVE METRIC THEN— Velveeta (@EatLiquidGold) November 2, 2020
THERE'S TOO MUCH PARITY RIGHT NOW- LIKE DOES COLLIN SEXTON'S UNADJUSTED ON-OFF TELL YOU SOMETHING COMPARED TO GARY TRENT'S? IT'S ALMOST LIKE COMPARING ERAS? WHAT U THINK— Velveeta (@EatLiquidGold) November 2, 2020
VORP IS A SLIPPERY SLOPE BC THE FORMULA FOR REPLACEMENT PLAYER FEELS ARBITRARY AND ULTIMATELY UNSATISFYING- LIKE COMPARING A KNOWN AGAINST AN HYPOTHETICAL, WIN SHARES ARE HELPFUL BUT DISREGARDS A PLAYER'S CONTEXT WHICH IS TOO IMPORTANT TO DISMISS – U?— Velveeta (@EatLiquidGold) November 2, 2020
OVERALL I THINK WE FORGET ANALYTICS IS GREAT FOR FINDING SMALL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN PLAYERS BUT USING IT SOLELY FOR PLAYER EVALUATION IS AGAINST ITS INTENDED USE- PIPM RELIES TOO MUCH ON BOX SCORE AND WE HAVEN'T WEIGHTED BOX SCORES CORRECTLY IN TERMS OF IMPACT ON A GAME— Velveeta (@EatLiquidGold) November 2, 2020
I THINK ITS LIKE ALL LIFE EVALUATIONS, SOME STATS, SOME WATCHING, SOME PREFERENCE. THE GOAT COACH/GM'S DON'T GO ONE WAY RILES DID SHOW TIME THEN THE KNICKS TEAMS THEN THE HEAT AND THEY WERE ALL VERY DIFFERENT TEAMS— Velveeta (@EatLiquidGold) November 2, 2020
OH STATS ARE IMPORTANT AND VORP CAN BE SUPER HELPFUL ITS JUST THAT WE HAVE PUT A PREMIUM ON QUANTIFYING THE QUALITATIVE EVEN WHEN WE DON'T HAVE TO— Velveeta (@EatLiquidGold) November 2, 2020
THATS TRUE WE ARE CHEESE BUT NUMBERS IN HOOPS IS TOUGH THERES TOO MUCH CONTEXT- WE AREN'T ANTI NUMBERS— Velveeta (@EatLiquidGold) November 2, 2020
That is certainly quite a lot of information there to be processed, pun intended. That aside, perhaps Kevin Durant should consider entering into an endorsement partnership with Velveeta given their similarly shared views on the argued over-reliance on analytics.
Either way, let’s leave the bizarre events on Twitter Monday with one final thought: Velveeta’s takes on the NBA and advanced metrics are so hot they could melt … and do so much in a much smoother way when compared to a hunk of American cheese. In other words, it’s all liquid gold, folks.