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2012 Free Agent Tracker

Posted by Neil on July 3, 2012

Follow this summer's action in free agency using Basketball-Reference's 2012 Free Agent Tracker page. We'll update it daily, so you can keep tabs on every player who changes his address this offseason.

6 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com, Features

Men’s Olympic Basketball Section

Posted by Justin Kubatko on July 2, 2012

This past Friday I gave our Twitter followers a sneak preview of our new Men's Olympic Basketball section on Basketball-Reference.com. Today I'd like to formally announce the launch of this new section of the site and describe some of its features:

  • The Athletes subsection contains a page for every athlete who participated in men's Olympic basketball, from Joe Fortenberry in 1936 to Dwight Howard in 2008. Each athlete's page contains biographical data, statistics game logs, and more.
  • The Teams subsection has a page for every men's Olympic basketball team. Each country has their own index with a summary of their Olympic results and links to more detailed pages for each team they fielded in the Olympics.
  • The Years subsection has a page for each Olympic year with the medal results, finals standings, schedule & results, and more.
  • Finally, the Games subsection has detailed results for each day of competition, plus box scores for every game.

Not coincidentally, the launch of this new section was timed to follow-up on the popularity of NBA TV's documentary "The Dream Team" and in anticipation of the 2012 Olympics in London. I hope you enjoy the Mens' Olympic Basketball section, and as always please let us know if you have find any bugs or have any suggestions for ways that we can improve the site.

4 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com, Features

2012 NBA Draft

Posted by Justin Kubatko on June 25, 2012

The 2012 NBA Draft will take place on Thursday, June 28 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, so don't forget to check out our draft preview as well as previous drafts in our draft section.

2 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com, Features

Player Playoff Gamelogs

Posted by Neil on June 22, 2012

To see how any player has performed in every 2012 playoff game he's played, check out his playoff gamelogs! Go to a player's page, select 2011-12 from the gamelogs dropdown, and scroll down to the playoff table.

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Playoff Advanced Stats

Posted by Neil on June 20, 2012

Be sure to check out the advanced stats for every player in this year's playoffs by going to our 2012 Advanced Stats page!

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Player Elo Rater

Posted by Neil on June 18, 2012

Check out our Elo Player Rater to vote on the greatest players of all time!

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Widgets.Sports-Reference.com — repost

Posted by admin on June 14, 2012

We're proud to introduce Widgets.Sports-Reference.com, a central destination for those looking to embed updated S-R stat tables on their site or blog. The page linked above contains a way to build various widgets for Baseball, Hockey, Pro Football, and College Football. Watch the following video for an example of how to use the widgets:

As always, send us feedback about new widgets you'd like to see or any issues you encounter while using the widgets.

1 Comment | Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Basketball-Reference.com, Hockey-Reference.com, Pro-Football-Reference.com

Check Out the Play Index!

Posted by Neil on June 13, 2012

With the Finals getting underway, it's time for a reminder to check out the Basketball-Reference Play Index. In case you don't already know about the PI, it's a set of research tools that allow you to create customizable queries on our database, save the results, and share them with others. With the PI, you can:

  • Use the Player Season Finder to search through all NBA, ABA, & BAA players' regular season and playoff statistics for performances that match your criteria.
  • Use the Player Game Finder to search through NBA players' regular season and playoff game logs (since 1985-86) for games matching your criteria.
  • Use the Head-to-Head Finder to search for games in which two selected players played against each other.
  • Search for player and team consecutive-game streaks that match your criteria using the Streak Finders.
  • Search for team performances that meet your criteria with the Team Season Finder and Team Game Finder.
  • Use the Draft Finder to search through every NBA/BAA draft for picks that match your criteria.
  • Use the Player Comparison Finder to compare the stats of up to four players through (or in) a given season.

Also, take a look at the Play Index Plus for even more data-searching goodness. The PI+ lets you sift through the play-by-play data of every game since 2001, making it possible to look for specific events, lineup data, and shooting stats (including clutch shots and shot breakdowns by distance).

Best of all, these features are 100% free to use! So go ahead, give them a try, and you'll wonder how you ever got along without them.

3 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com, Features, Play Index

NBA and ABA Team Ratings

Posted by Justin Kubatko on June 11, 2012

Last week Neil posted schedule-adjusted offensive and defensive ratings in a blog post. I had actually planned to add a page like this for every season a few months ago, but I got sidetracked by other projects.

Anyway, Neil's post served as a reminder for me to get this done, so I have added a team ratings page for each season. The ratings can be accessed from the navigation menu at the top of the page.

Here is a screenshot of the team ratings table for the 2011-12 season:

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As you can see, the table displays the unadjusted and adjusted margin of victory, offensive rating, defensive rating, and net rating for each team. (Note: adjusted MOV is the same as SRS.)

Margin of victory only requires team and opponent points for each game, so it can be computed going back to the 1946-47 BAA season. However, offensive rating, defensive rating, and net rating require complete team game logs, so they only go back to the 1985-86 NBA season.

Finally I should note that the offensive and defensive ratings on these pages will not match what you see on the team and season summary pages for two reasons:

  1. The offensive and defensive ratings on the team ratings pages weigh each game equally. In other words, they are found by computing the team's offensive and defensive rating for each game and then averaging them, whereas the offensive and defensive ratings on the team and season summary pages are computed using cumulative season statistics.
  2. The offensive and defensive ratings on the team ratings pages do not include team turnovers, but the offensive and defensive ratings on the team and season summary pages do include team turnovers.

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Automatic Player Linker and Newsfeeds

Posted by Neil on June 7, 2012

This is a reminder about Basketball-Reference's automatic linking tool, which makes it very easy for you to add links to a player's BBR page from your blog posts or news stories. The BBR Linker is a javascript bookmarklet that has a couple of interesting applications:

  1. If you are composing your posts in supported blogging or bulletin board software, clicking the bookmarklet will take the text you have typed and wrap every active player's name with a link to their BBR page. We are happy to add more options if the software you use is not currently supported; just let us know.
  2. If you are on a web page with player names in the text, select the text with your mouse and click the bookmarklet. After a few seconds, links to BBR pages for the player names that appear in the selected text will be automatically added.

Please see the linker page for full instructions and some areas to test the bookmarklet.

By itself this feature is pretty handy, but if you are a site owner you may want something in return for linking to Tim Duncan's or LaMarcus Aldridge's BBR page from your blog posts. We agree, so we have added a feature to return the link back to you.

Those stories are used to populate the "Player News" section just above the player's stats. If you are a blog owner or author, you can use our linker to automatically have your articles added to relevant player pages. If you tag your player names with links to our site — and we can find those links in your RSS feed — we will add a link to your article on the player's page. For example, this Hickory-High post on Derrick Rose is currently the first link in Rose's newsfeed.

Please read this description of the service for complete details, including the information that we need from you before you can start to see your content linked from the BBR player pages.

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