14th April 2016
The 2015-16 Golden State Warriors have earned a seat at the table in the discussion of the greatest teams in NBA history. They've set a new standard with 73 regular-season wins. Let's examine some of their other accomplishments this season:
- 6th-best SRS in NBA history: SRS stands for Simple Rating System and is a rating method that takes into account margin of victory and strength of schedule.
- 6th-best average margin of victory in NBA history: The Warriors outscored their opponents by 10.76 PPG, which was the best by any NBA team since the 1996-97 Bulls outscored their opposition by 10.80 PPG. However, the Warriors outscored their opponents by 10.0 PPG in the 1st three quarters of games alone, which is something none of the teams ahead of them on the list managed.
- Most road wins in NBA history: The Dubs went 34-7 on the road, surpassing the 33 road wins by the 1995-96 Bulls.
- 2nd-longest winning streak in NBA history: After winning their final four regular-season games in 2014-15, the Warriors ran off 24 straight wins to start 2015-16, coming up five games short of matching the 1971-72 Lakers' 33-game winning streak.
- Longest home winning streak in NBA history: The Warriors' 54-game home winning streak was enough to surpass the old record (44) by the mid-90s Bulls.
- 3rd-longest road winning streak in NBA history: Their 14-game road winning streak was good enough for a tie for the 3rd-longest in NBA history (just two games shy of the record).
- Best Effective FG% in NBA history: When accounting for the added value of the three-point shot, the Warriors surpassed the 2013-14 Heat as the best field goal shooting team in NBA history.
- Best True Shooting Percentage since at least 1983-84: The Warriors also bested the 2013-14 Heat for best True Shooting Percentage since 1983-84.
- Most 3-pointers made per game in NBA history: Last season the Rockets set this record by making 11.4 3-pointers per game. The Warriors made over 13 per game.
- 2nd-best 3-point FG% in NBA history: Incredibly, the same team that set the record for makes also managed to have the 2nd-best 3-point percentage in NBA history. It should be noted that the only team with a better 3-point field goal percentage, the 1996-97 Hornets, did so during a season in which the 3-point line was closer to the basket (22 feet all around).
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28th March 2016
Baseball season is here and to celebrate, you can use the Play Index for free through April 15! Just go to this page, sign up, and use this coupon code: analytics
The Play Index is our name for the various tools we've built that allow you to search the hundreds of thousands of players, seasons, teams, box scores, and even plate appearances collected in our database. Of all the research methods that we offer, none is more powerful than the Play Index. Have you ever wanted to know the answer to questions like:
What hitter had the most 40 HR seasons?
Which Mets pitcher had the most strikeouts in a road game?
What team had the most 2-out RBIs in a season?
What was the best WAR in a season by a pitcher with 15 Ws or under
And that's just scratching the surface. You can search full seasons since 1871 and individual games and streaks since 1913. You can also search for splits, individual events like inside the park HRs, pitcher vs batter matchups, and much more. The Play Index is the secret weapon of journalists, bloggers, front offices, fantasy experts, historians, and more.
It's normally just $36/year, but to celebrate the start of the 2016 MLB season, we're letting you try it out for free! Go to the sign-up page and enter the coupon code "analytics" to use the Play Index for free through April 15.
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4th March 2016
We recently added a point differential search option to the School Game Finder in the Play Index at College Football Reference. So you can now search for things like college football's biggest blowouts since 2000. You can also see that 2013 Florida State has the best cumulative season point differential since 2000. And that 2008 Florida has the most double-digit wins in a season since 2000. We hope you enjoy these new search capabilities.
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1st March 2016
Thanks to the efforts of our friends at Retrosheet, we have added box scores for the 1913 MLB season to Baseball Reference. Additionally, we have added play-by-play for games as far back as 1930. Before this update, our oldest play-by-plays went back to 1938. In addition to the boxes and PBPs themselves, this update allows for a variety of new information searchable in the play index, as well as new rows of information in team/player/league statistics tables.
Here's a quick breakdown of the data coverage for the Play-By-Plays we've added from 1930 to 1937:
- 1930 - 77% of games
- 1931 - 82% of games
- 1932 - 75% of games
- 1933 - 81% of games
- 1934 - 72% of games
- 1935 - 71% of games
- 1936 - 65% of games
- 1937 - 82% of games
And here are some examples of some of the new information/searches available on the site:
- We now have PBP for much of Babe Ruth's final six seasons. This means we now have (incomplete) data on how Ruth fared against pitchers from 1930-35.
- Additionally, incomplete splits have been generated for player seasons from 1930 to 1937. This means you can see things like Ruth's "struggles" in high-leverage situations in 1930. Or his dominance in such situations in 1932.
- Stat tables showing details for things like base-running, situational hitting and win probability are now available back to 1930.
- For pitching, tables detailing win probability, batting against and base-running against are also now available back to 1930.
- League-wide batting and pitching splits back to 1930 now have some previously empty rows filled in via analysis of the play-by-plays.
- Batting Game Finder and Pitching Game Finder searches (for both players and teams) can now be completed for the 1913 season. Here, for instance, is most HR by a player in a game in 1913. Users should be aware (and we've noted this on the site) that 154 of the 1,234 games in 1913 have RBI missing from one or both teams in the box scores. We'll also note that RBI was an unofficial stat before 1920.
- Split Finder searches also now go back to 1913 for basic splits like home/away and more complex, PBP-derived splits can be run back to 1930 (though splits are only 100% complete back to 1974). So, for instance, you can see that Babe Ruth had the most PBP-captured "Late & Close" HR in 1930.
- Batting and Pitching Event Finder searches have also been opened up back to 1930. You can now find things like all PBP-recorded walk-off HRs in 1930.
- Searches in the various player and team Streak Finders now go back to 1913.
- Team Inning Summary pages have been fleshed out (as much as PBP allows) back to 1930. Same with the Batting Order Position statistics.
We're very excited about these new additions and hope you enjoy them, as well. Please let us know if you have any comments, questions or concerns.
And thanks again to Retrosheet!
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26th February 2016
We're happy to announce that we've added NFL Combine results since 2000 to Pro Football Reference. Tables showing results for each season are available in our NFL Draft section, but we're most proud of the new Play Index tool we've created with this data. Our new NFL Combine Results Finder allows users to run customized queries through combine results since 2000. For instance, you can run searches like:
The above is a small sampling of what is possible. You can also slice, dice and sort by spans of years, heights, weights, positions, team drafted by, college and whether or not the player appeared in the NFL.
2016 NFL Combine Results will be added once the combine is over.
If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.
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3rd February 2016
You may have noticed a new search bar in the main menu of Pro Football Reference's Play Index. Via this search bar, you can now run Game Finder and Season Finder searches specific to a single player. For instance, if you type in Peyton Manning's name, click on the link that appears, click "Game Finder search" and then "Go To Page", you will be taken here. From this page, you can run searches across Peyton Manning's game logs. For instance:
Additionally, if you choose a season finder player search, you can sort a player's seasons.
You can also access these tools via player pages, by choosing the "Finders" links atop stat tables:
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29th January 2016
We have made a couple of additional statistics available for search in the Player Streak Finder in the Play Index. You can now search for longest streaks of times sacked (since 1981) and for streaks by completion percentage. Enjoy!
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29th January 2016
As we continue to work our way back on digitizing player statistics for old college basketball seasons, we are happy to announce the player stats for the 1994-95 season are now live on the site. You can see player leaders for the season here. Notably, Kurt Thomas became the third player to lead NCAA D-I in scoring and rebounding in the same season (28.9 PPG and 14.6 RPG). Here's the team stats page for UCLA, as the Bruins won their record 11th (and most recent) national championship.
The new season of statistics has also been synced into the Player Season Finder tool, so you can now make customized searches for player stats all the way back to 1994-95 (though we cannot yet calculate Win Shares for 1994-95). Here's a few examples:
In the coming months and years, we hope to continue to add past seasons of player statistics, as well as team statistics.
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28th January 2016
Last month, we added full box scores for the 1983 & 1984 NBA Playoffs. Now, once again thanks to the help of Sean Burrill, we have added full box scores and game logs for the 1983-84 & 1984-85 NBA seasons. This means we now have a full box score for Michael Jordan's NBA debut (in which he was only the fourth leading scorer for his own team!). We also now have full game logs for Jordan's rookie season. This means we now have a stat line for pretty much every game Michael Jordan has played in since high school. Please let us know if you have any of his Tune Squad box scores, though.
We have also synched these box scores into the Play Index, allowing for searches further back in many non-scoring categories in the Player Game Finder and the Team Game Finder. Some sample searches now possible:
These new box scores also add new seasons available for search in the Player Streak Finder, the Team Streak Finder, and the Head2Head Finder. For instance, we now have full game logs and stats for every matchup between 1984 Draft class rivals Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley.
Additionally, we have extended the single-game leaders links in our Leaders Index back to 1983-84. Kevin McHale's 56-point effort on March 3, 1985 now ranks as the fifth-best Game Score in our database. And we also now have the full Celtics box score from 9 days later, when Larry Bird one-upped his teammate with a 60-point game.
As a reminder, we do have every box score in NBA history on the site. They can be accessed via this menu. However, many of the older box scores are limited to only player FGs, FTs, and points. With our update, the boxes are complete back to 1983-84, though.
We also want to mention that there are a handful of games for 1983-84 and 1984-85 for which we are missing a few statistical categories. If you are able to help fill in any of the blanks, please let us know.
Here are the games with some missing columns of data (games with strike-throughs have been completed since the original blog post):
- Lakers at Blazers on November 19, 1983
- Nets at Spurs on November 19, 1983
- Bulls at Jazz on November 23, 1983
- Warriors at Clippers on December 2, 1983
- Pistons at Blazers on December 9, 1983
Pistons at Bullets on January 3, 1984
- Spurs at Lakers on January 6, 1984
Suns at Kings on January 7, 1984
Mavericks at Rockets on February 2, 1984
- Nets at Bulls on February 4, 1984
- Clippers at Cavaliers on February 4, 1984
- Suns at Warriors on February 4, 1984
- Knicks at Rockets on February 4, 1984
- Bucks at Jazz on February 4, 1984
- Pacers at Bullets on February 4, 1984
- 76ers at Hawks on February 4, 1984
Suns at Rockets on February 18, 1984
- Spurs at Sonics on March 16, 1984
Warriors at Blazers on March 17, 1984
- Celtics at Knicks on March 22, 1984
Hawks at Pacers on April 11, 1984
- Jazz at Suns on May 10, 1984
- Suns at Warriors on October 26, 1984
- Jazz at Warriors on November 3, 1984
- Nuggets at Rockets on February 2, 1985
Clippers at Pistons on March 11, 1985
Suns at Warriors on March 23, 1985
- Kings at Warriors on April 6, 1985
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25th January 2016
Earlier this month, we added the ability to search for safeties to the Team Game Finder in the Play Index.
We've now added the ability to search for opponent's safeties, as well as opponent FG & PAT statistics.
So we can now say things, such as:
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