How many wins is Lebron worth?

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Lebron recently left the Miami Heat to go back home to the Cleveland Cavaliers where he began his professional career.  Lebron is arguably the best player in the NBA and a tremendous addition to a team ... a real difference maker.  In this activity students read graphs and use measures of central tendency as they compare the records of the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavilers with and without Lebron.  How many wins per season can we expect from the Cavilers now that they have Lebron back and just how many wins is Lebron worth?  As you launch this activity consider showing either of the linked videos below.  Give students some time to think about & discuss ways that we can measure Lebron's effect on the performance of a team.  

Lebron's-effect.pdf

For members we have an editable Word docx, an Excel file of the data and charts, and solutions.

Lebron's-effect.docx     Lebron_How_Many_Wins_is_he_worth.xlsx     Lebron's-effect-solution.pdf

CCSS: 6.SP.3, 6.SP.4, 6.SP.5, 7.SP.2, 7.SP.4,P, 8.SP.4, HSS.ID.A.1

To kick off the lesson consider showing your class this montage/mix of Lebron, which was created by Mikus Zupins:  (great video, but there is one  "s" word about at 1:48, so stop it before then) or...

Show this excellent CNN news story on Lebron and his move back to Cleveland.

3 comments for “How many wins is Lebron worth?

  1. Theresa DeVore
    August 2, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    I will not be able to use this video in my middle school classroom because of inappropriate language in the rap song! Did anybody at yummy math screen this video? I will try to find something else to show my students about LeBron for this lesson.

    • August 2, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      Sorry, Theresa. We didn’t notice it. The curse word happens at 1:48 seconds if that help anyone avoid it. Thank you, Theresa

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