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Player Playoff Gamelogs

Posted by Neil on May 14, 2013

To see how any player has performed in every 2013 playoff game he's played, check out his playoff gamelogs! Go to a player's page, select 2012-13 from the gamelogs dropdown, and scroll down to the playoff table.

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Video: S-R Stat Table SHARE Tutorial

Posted by Neil on May 13, 2013

Here's a 2-minute tutorial on how to embed professional-looking stat tables on your own blog:

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Happy Birthday to Basketball-Reference.com!

Posted by Justin Kubatko on May 10, 2013

Today is the ninth anniversary of the launch of Basketball-Reference.com. BBR debuted as a standalone website on May 10, 2004, but of course it is now part of the Sports-Reference.com family of sites.

I still do 99 percent of the work on the site, so I take great pride in its growth over the years. How much has it grown? The site's traffic is now almost 400 percent higher than it was just five years ago.

That growth, of course, would not be possible without our dedicated users, so in addition to the birthday wishes I would also like to extend a warm thank you to everyone who has played a part in making this site what it is today.

11 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com

Follow us on Twitter to Win a Free Baseball-Reference.com Play Index Subscription

Posted by admin on May 7, 2013

Every Monday, for the rest of the year, we'll be randomly selecting one twitter user who follows any three of our five Sports Reference Twitter accounts to receive a free Baseball-Reference.com Play Index account. If you are already a subscriber, we'll extend you for a year.

Sports Reference uses twitter to tweet out nuggets of information we find, notify users of new features, make occasional commercial messages, and generally enjoy ourselves. Here are the five Sports Reference twitter feeds:

  1. @baseball_ref: Baseball-Reference.com
  2. @bball_ref: Basketball-Reference.com
  3. @pfref: Pro-Football-Reference.com
  4. @hockey_ref: Hockey-Reference.com
  5. @sports_ref: CFB, CBB, Olympics, and Announcements for All Sites

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Updates to NBL, D-League, and WNBA Sections

Posted by Justin Kubatko on May 3, 2013

I've made some updates to the NBL, D-League, and WNBA sections of Basketball-Reference.com:

  • Each section now has a navigation bar near the top of every page, making it much easier to jump from one subsection to another.
  • A subsection has been added to the WNBA section for WNBA coaches.
  • Basic biographical information has been added for some WNBA players.
  • Footnotes have been added to the NBL standings to note cases where franchises moved or folded, teams had forfeit wins or losses, etc.

Please let us know if you have any question or comments about these changes.

1 Comment | Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com

Check Out the 2013 NBA Playoffs Page

Posted by Neil on May 1, 2013

Just a quick remind to make our 2013 NBA Playoffs page your hub for all information regarding the playoffs. It contains the status of every series, along with links to boxscores of the individual games, plus team-by-team and league-wide stats from the postseason. Check it out!

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National Basketball League Stats

Posted by Justin Kubatko on April 29, 2013

I have added a section to the site with National Basketball League (NBL) stats. The NBL was a professional basketball league that was founded in 1937 and merged with the Basketball Association of America (BAA) to form the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1949. Several of the NBL's top players later played in the BAA/NBA, including George Mikan, Al Cervi, and Arnie Risen.

Keep in mind that the statistical record for the NBL was quite limited:

  • Games played (G), field goals (FG), free throws (FT), and points (PTS) are available for all players, all seasons.
  • Free throw attempts (FTA) are available for some players prior to the 1946-47 season and all players for the 1946-47, 1947-48, and 1949-49 seasons.

At some point I may try to add data from even more professional leagues, but given it's direct link to the NBA I thought the NBL was a good place to start. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments about this new addition to the site.

9 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com

Automatic Player Linker and Newsfeeds

Posted by Neil on April 15, 2013

With the regular season winding down this week, here 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 is currently the first link in Tony Allen'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.

1 Comment | Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com, Features, HowTo, Linker

Best Teams in the History of Each Sweet 16 School

Posted by Neil on March 28, 2013

Since we have scanned stat sheets from thousands of historical NCAA team seasons going back to the 1940s, I thought it would be cool to post links to the best team in history for each school still active in the Sweet 16:

  • Indiana - Best Team: The undefeated 1975-76 Hoosiers, who went 32-0 and won the NCAA title behind Scott May's 23.5 PPG.
  • Syracuse - Best Team: It's hard to go against Carmelo Anthony's 2002-03 Orangemen here.
  • Miami-FL - Best Team: At a school known far more for its football than hoops, this year's Hurricanes are probably their best team ever.
  • Marquette - Best Team: The Golden Eagles have had some great teams over the years, but the best remains the 1976-77 version that won the national championship under coach Al McGuire.
  • Louisville - Best Team: Another school with multiple national champs to choose from, Louisville's best squad was probably the dominant 1985-86 Cardinals.
  • Oregon - Best Team: Setting aside the 1939 national champion Ducks, Oregon's top team belongs to either this year's model or the 2006-07 version that went all the way to a Regional Final before losing.
  • Duke - Best Team: Lots to pick from here, the best of which comes down to either 1991-92 or 2000-01. '92 lost only twice, but '01 had a dominant +32.2 SRS, which is why they're my choice.
  • Michigan St. - Best Team: The Jud Heathcote/Magic Johnson 1979 team was great, but I'm going with Tom Izzo & Mateen Cleaves in 1999-2000 as Sparty's best-ever showing.
  • Kansas - Best Team: In the storied history of KU basketball, the best team ever may very well have come in 2007-08, when the Jayhawks lost only 3 times en route to a national crown.
  • Michigan - Best Team: The Wolverines have enjoyed a renaissance season this year, but the 2013 version still probably ranks behind the 1988-89 national champs, led by Glen Rice.
  • Florida - Best Team: With the Gators, take your pick between the back-to-back champs of 2006 and 2007. My pick is '07, whose stars were a year older, with a better record and superior SRS.
  • Fla. Gulf Coast - Best Team: With only 3 seasons as a "major" school in our database, it's impossible to pick any team for the Eagles other than the 2013 Regional Semifinalists (or beyond?).
  • Ohio St. - Best Team: With a handful of near-misses in recent years, the best Buckeyes remain the 1960 national champs, still OSU's only titleists in basketball.
  • Arizona - Best Team: It's no surprise that the best team in Arizona history was the 1996-97 NCAA champion Wildcats, led by Lute Olsen, Miles Simon, and Mike Bibby.
  • Wichita St. - Best Team: Talk about Shockers! If this year's team isn't their best, then it's probably the 1980-81 version (led by Cliff Levingston & Antoine Carr) that went to a Regional Final.
  • La Salle - Best Team: In Explorers history, it's hard to go against the 1953-54 team starring Tom Gola.

Who would win in a tournament of these classic teams? Tell us in the comments!

6 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com, CBB at Sports Reference, History, Playoffs

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