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NY Times: Nash’s Efficiency Keeps Suns in the Hunt

Posted by Justin Kubatko on April 20, 2012

Thanks to various diversions (vacation, etc.), it's been about a month since my last column for the New York Times. I'm back at it, though, so here's a link to my piece on Steve Nash that appears in today's paper:

Keeping Score: Nash’s Efficiency Keeps Suns in the Hunt

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BBR: Two Feature Updates

Posted by Justin Kubatko on April 17, 2012

This morning I updated a couple of things on Basketball-Reference.com.

First, you can now select rows to sum on the player game logs. For example, go to Michael Jordan's 1986-87 Game Log. Suppose you want to see Jordan's statistics for his first five games that season. To do this, click on the row for his first game of the season (the row should now be highlighted in blue), then click on the row for his fifth game of the season. A pop-up will appear with Jordan's per game averages for those games.

Second, I added an option to the Player Game Finder that will allow you to search by the player's game number rather than just the team game number. For example, here are the highest scoring debuts of the last 10 seasons.

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

BBR: Play-By-Play, Shot Charts, and Plus/Minus Reports

Posted by Justin Kubatko on March 31, 2012

Just a quick note to let you know that I have added play-by-play summaries, shot charts, and plus/minus reports to the Box Scores section for all of the games in our database that have play-by-play data.

I hope you enjoy these new additions, and please let us know if you find anything amiss.

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

BBR: Historical McDonald’s All-American Rosters

Posted by Neil on March 27, 2012

The annual McDonald's High School All-American Game is this week, so here's a reminder that you can find historical rosters for the McDonald's teams going back to the 1st game in 1977, under the Awards section of the site. Congrats to all the selections, and good luck to them in the next stage of their hoops careers.

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

NY Times: Knicks Slow Down and Take Off

Posted by Justin Kubatko on March 23, 2012

In this week's column for the New York Times, I take a look at the Knicks under interim coach Mike Woodson:

Knicks Slow Down and Take Off

While a five-game sample is too small to draw any meaningful conclusions, some changes that have occurred under Woodson bear watching.

2 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com, New York Times

BBR: PI+ Plus/Minus Finder

Posted by Neil on March 21, 2012

By popular demand, we have added a Player Plus/Minus Finder to the Basketball-Reference Play Index+. This new tool allows you to search through thousands of game logs to find the player whose team had the best offensive rating, best defensive rating, and best net rating while the player was on the floor (plus much, much more). For example, here are the raw +/- leaders (minimum 10,000 minutes) since 2001:

Net (Per 100 Possessions)
Rk Player Tm From To G MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% eFG% FT FTA FT% PTS
1 Manu Ginobili SAS 2003 2012 648 18156.7 +2.3 -0.4 +.029 +2.6 +5.8 +.026 +.044 +3.2 +4.4 -.005 +10.4
2 Tim Duncan SAS 2001 2012 888 30851.7 +2.4 -3.0 +.042 +1.7 +3.2 +.030 +.053 +3.4 +5.6 -.033 +9.8
3 Dirk Nowitzki DAL 2001 2012 906 33704.4 +2.3 +0.5 +.024 +1.3 +2.0 +.029 +.031 +2.3 +0.8 +.063 +8.2
4 Tony Parker SAS 2002 2012 787 26016.5 +1.9 -2.1 +.032 +1.8 +4.0 +.023 +.043 +2.3 +4.2 -.032 +7.9
5 Steve Nash TOT 2001 2012 894 30357.6 +2.1 -2.2 +.035 +2.5 +4.6 +.037 +.050 +1.0 0.0 +.041 +7.7
6 Bruce Bowen TOT 2001 2009 712 21374.3 +2.0 -2.1 +.034 +1.8 +3.7 +.030 +.045 +1.8 +3.7 -.037 +7.6
7 Rajon Rondo BOS 2007 2012 418 13523.2 +3.5 -0.8 +.045 +0.1 -1.5 +.038 +.046 +0.3 +0.2 +.005 +7.3
8 Anderson Varejao CLE 2005 2012 444 11132.4 +2.5 +3.0 +.013 +0.9 +1.6 +.019 +.017 +1.0 +2.6 -.031 +6.9
9 Shaquille O'Neal TOT 2001 2011 673 21766.9 +3.1 -3.7 +.055 0.0 -0.4 +.011 +.057 +0.6 +4.4 -.090 +6.9
10 Robert Horry TOT 2001 2008 572 11660.1 +2.0 +0.6 +.020 +2.4 +5.9 +.022 +.033 +0.4 +2.1 -.041 +6.8
11 Doug Christie TOT 2001 2007 390 13016.9 +1.2 -2.1 +.025 +1.1 +1.4 +.040 +.032 +3.2 +3.5 +.023 +6.8
12 Josh Howard TOT 2004 2012 494 15104.5 +2.6 +1.8 +.020 +0.2 -0.2 +.017 +.021 +1.3 +0.4 +.035 +6.8
13 Kevin Garnett TOT 2001 2012 869 31648.5 +3.6 -0.7 +.044 -1.1 -3.9 +.018 +.038 +0.3 -0.8 +.036 +6.5
14 LeBron James TOT 2004 2012 670 26792.0 +2.2 +0.5 +.022 +0.2 -0.1 +.011 +.023 +1.9 +2.9 -.009 +6.4
15 Rasheed Wallace TOT 2001 2010 754 25129.0 +2.1 +1.0 +.018 +0.7 +1.7 +.005 +.022 +1.5 +1.5 +.015 +6.3
16 Chauncey Billups TOT 2001 2012 864 28301.8 +1.0 0.0 +.011 +1.2 +1.9 +.029 +.018 +2.9 +3.0 +.021 +6.0
17 Michael Finley TOT 2001 2010 724 23098.7 +1.9 +0.8 +.017 +2.1 +4.3 +.029 +.028 0.0 -1.1 +.033 +5.8
18 Kobe Bryant LAL 2001 2012 882 34315.2 +1.4 -0.9 +.021 +0.4 +0.7 +.007 +.023 +2.4 +3.5 -.007 +5.7
19 Derek Fisher TOT 2001 2012 863 24685.4 +1.6 +0.8 +.014 -0.1 -0.3 -.001 +.013 +2.2 +3.2 -.004 +5.4
20 Kendrick Perkins TOT 2004 2012 515 11708.6 +2.4 -3.1 +.044 -0.1 -0.8 +.012 +.045 +0.8 +0.8 +.005 +5.4
Net (Per 100 Possessions)
Rk Player Tm From To G MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% eFG% FT FTA FT% PTS
21 Peja Stojakovic TOT 2001 2011 682 24203.8 +0.5 -1.3 +.012 +1.7 +2.9 +.036 +.022 +2.6 +2.3 +.034 +5.2
22 Dwyane Wade MIA 2004 2012 582 21702.4 +2.5 -1.2 +.036 -0.5 -1.7 +.004 +.033 +0.8 +1.7 -.018 +5.2
23 Dwight Howard ORL 2005 2012 613 22177.8 +0.8 -4.4 +.032 +1.8 +3.2 +.029 +.045 +1.8 +4.6 -.052 +5.1
24 Ronnie Brewer TOT 2007 2012 399 10132.8 +2.8 +1.2 +.027 -1.3 -3.7 +.003 +.019 +0.5 +1.3 -.016 +4.9
25 Paul Millsap UTA 2007 2012 442 11741.9 +3.9 +3.6 +.027 -2.0 -5.5 -.001 +.014 -1.1 -1.0 -.010 +4.8
26 Ray Allen TOT 2001 2012 845 31552.5 +1.9 -0.1 +.022 +1.8 +3.0 +.033 +.032 -0.8 -2.0 +.028 +4.7
27 Jameer Nelson ORL 2005 2012 509 14355.7 +1.9 -1.6 +.030 +2.2 +4.3 +.029 +.043 -1.3 +0.3 -.052 +4.6
28 Hedo Turkoglu TOT 2001 2012 876 25132.4 +0.8 -2.8 +.024 +1.8 +3.1 +.035 +.035 +1.1 +2.6 -.028 +4.5
29 Yao Ming HOU 2003 2011 486 15841.3 +1.1 -2.9 +.027 +0.9 +2.5 .000 +.034 +1.3 +0.4 +.040 +4.5
30 Bobby Jackson TOT 2001 2009 564 12777.2 +1.4 +1.1 +.010 +1.5 +2.9 +.025 +.018 +0.2 +0.5 -.005 +4.4
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/21/2012.

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

NY Times: Tournament’s Stars Dim After March

Posted by Justin Kubatko on March 19, 2012

This past weekend in the New York Times, I took a look at how recent NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player award winners have not fared so well in the NBA:

Tournament's Stars Dim After March

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SR/CBB: Box Score For Every NCAA Tournament Game

Posted by Justin Kubatko on March 15, 2012

Today I am pleased to announce that College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com now has a box score for every game played in NCAA tournament history. Here are a few examples:

These box scores are not complete, as there are many instances where certain statistics are missing, but we will do our best to fill in the blanks as we find other sources.

For now you can access these box scores from the NCAA Tournament brackets in the Postseason section, but I am working on integrating this information into other areas of the site.

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

Trading Partners & Executives Database

Posted by Neil on March 14, 2012

The NBA trade deadline is tomorrow, and that means it's a good time to look up what your team's General Manager has been up to recently. To that end, you can consult the BBR Executives Database, wherein we list the player-personnel decision-maker for every team-season in NBA & ABA history, complete with their career transactions. For example (and a good laugh), here are the moves Isiah Thomas made in his distinguished career as an executive:

Isiah Thomas NBA & ABA Basketball Executive Record

Don't feel bad, Isiah... Even the GOAT has a pretty questionable resume.

In addition to the Executives Database, we also have a matrix of all-time trades between any two franchises. For instance, here is every trade between the Hawks and Pistons, the two most active trading partners in league history with 16 all-time trades. Notice that for each transaction we show a "balance sheet" with outgoing and incoming Win Shares in the deal.

Enjoy these features, and be sure to use them as ammunition if your team's GM makes a boneheaded move today or tomorrow.

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

CBB: Use Our Adjusted Power Ratings to Fill Out Your Brackets

Posted by Neil on March 14, 2012

At the beginning of the 2011-12 NCAA Basketball season, we began to calculate Adjusted Offensive and Defensive Ratings for each team. In a nutshell, these ratings measure a team's offensive and defensive abilities independent of the pace at which they play. Since raw PPG totals can be greatly influenced by how many possessions a team has to score and defend, per-possession metrics more accurately reflect a team's true skill levels (pace is largely a choice, and it has almost no correlation to how good a team is at scoring and defending on a per-possession basis).

Here were the best teams during the regular season by adjusted net rating (adjusted Offensive Rating minus adjusted Defensive Rating):

3 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com, CBB at Sports Reference, expire7d, Features

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