Updated NBA Pundit Rankings

July 2, 2013  |  Sports

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Now that the 2012/13 season has come to a close, let’s update the rankings of our NBA Pundits. All the rankings are based on our $1 Yield metric, which measures the average payout had you bet $1 on each of the pundit’s predictions. For details on all the picks and to make your own NBA predictions, click here to visit PunditTracker’s NBA Page.

We classify NBA predictions in two main formats:

  • “Preseason”: predictions made before the season begins, which includes 11 categories: 6 division winners, 2 conference winners, overall champion, MVP, and Rookie of the Year.
  • “Playoffs”: predictions made for each playoff series (round-by-round)

Let’s start with the preseason pundit rankings for all the experts that have made at least four seasons worth of picks.

Preseason Pundit Rankings 

Pundit Average$0.89$1.13$0.87$1.59$1.07$1.11
Chris Palmer$1.28$1.49$1.85$1.19$1.45
Maurice Brooks$0.70$2.14$1.11$1.82$0.90$1.33
Chad Ford$1.28$0.47$1.36$2.39$1.09$1.32
John Hollinger$0.70$0.74$0.98$2.44$1.73$1.32
Vegas Favorites$0.83$1.73$1.11$1.46$1.19$1.26
Kevin Arnovitz$0.81$0.89$1.85$1.50$1.26
Chris Broussard$1.54$1.08$0.89$1.49$0.94$1.19
Jalen Rose$1.28$1.63$0.40$1.15$1.12
Henry Abbott$0.70$1.08$1.24$1.51$0.94$1.09
Scoop Jackson$0.58$1.77$0.78$1.12$1.17$1.08
Marc Stein$0.96$1.26$0.89$1.12$1.19$1.08
J.A. Adande$0.96$1.29$0.62$1.46$0.94$1.05
David Thorpe$0.50$0.67$0.89$1.51$1.24$0.96
Jack Ramsay$0.50$0.47$1.14$0.94$0.76

Here is how all 35 ESPN experts we tracked did with their 2012/13 preseason predictions.

2012/13 Preseason Rankings

Pundit Average$1.07
John Hollinger$1.73
Kevin Arnovitz$1.50
Nick Friedell$1.50
Dave McMenamin$1.36
Israel Gutierrez$1.32
Brian Windhorst$1.25
Mike Mazzeo$1.25
David Thorpe$1.24
Chris Palmer$1.19
Ian Begley$1.19
Marc Stein$1.19
Royce Webb$1.19
Tom Haberstroh$1.19
Scoop Jackson$1.17
Justin Verrier$1.15
R. Shelburne$1.11
Keith Lipscomb$1.09
Tim Legler$1.09
Chad Ford$1.09
Tim MacMahon$1.03
Beckley Mason$0.96
Vegas Favorites$0.95
Bruce Bowen$0.94
Chris Broussard$0.94
Henry Abbott$0.94
J.A. Adande$0.94
Jack Ramsay$0.94
Michael Wallace$0.94
Arash Markazi$0.90
Larry Coon$0.90
Maurice Brooks$0.90
Adena Andrews$0.76
Chris Forsberg$0.76
Jackie MacMullan$0.74
Chris Ramsay$0.65
Adry Torres$0.50

To see all the individual picks of these experts and to make your own picks for the 2013-14 season, visit our NBA section. Just use the “Vote Now” button to make your selections and build your own personal public track record.

Finally, here are the playoff pundit rankings for those who have made at least 25 playoff round predictions.

Playoff Pundit Rankings

David Thorpe, ESPN$1.22$0.83$1.25$1.18$1.12
Jon Barry, ESPN$1.39$1.09$0.98$1.10
Tim Legler, ESPN$1.29$0.68$1.09$1.34$1.09
Tom Haberstroh, ESPN$0.53$1.23$1.13$1.09
John Hollinger, ESPN$1.25$0.88$1.06$1.07
Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN$0.94$1.09$1.10$1.05
Henry Abbott, ESPN$1.14$0.88$1.09$1.09$1.05
Chris Broussard, ESPN$1.17$0.98$1.09$0.79$1.03
Israel Gutierrez, ESPN$0.00$1.17$0.95$1.03
J.A. Adande" target="_blank">J.A. Adande, ESPN$0.76$1.16$1.06$1.10$1.02
Ken Berger, CBS$0.90$1.14$1.02
Royce Young, CBS$1.09$0.90$1.00
Chad Ford, ESPN$1.05$0.67$0.98$1.28$0.99
Vegas Favorites$0.99$1.00$0.90$0.95$0.96
Matt Moore, CBS$0.91$0.84$0.88
Marc Stein, ESPN$0.77$0.95$0.90$0.75$0.84
Michael Wilbon, ESPN$0.72$0.86$1.02$0.84








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  2. Why not add these picks made at the end of the season…(link below) i know you won’t have betting odds at that time as the favorites are basically locked in but I feel some of the picks in these things are beyond horrible and the writers should be held accountable!



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