Posted by Mike Lynch on June 18, 2015
With the NBA Draft a week away, we wanted to briefly introduce some subtle, but useful additions to the Play Index.
First up, is a tweak to the Player Season Finder, which now allows for customized statistical searches by player draft year. You'll notice there's now a filter for BAA/NBA Draft Year. Utilizing this, you can now search for things such as:
Additionally, we have made some enhancements to the Draft Finder. The biggest change is that you can now filter by the draftees' NBA/BAA position (please note that we don't have positions in the DB for many drafted players who never went on to play in the league). But, for instance, here are centers drafted in 2014. Additionally, you'll notice that player ages on draft day and birth country now display in the results. Again, this data is unavailable for many players who never played in the league.
We hope you find these new tools useful.
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Posted by Mike Lynch on June 18, 2015
With the 2015 NHL Draft coming up on June 26 & 27, we're happy to introduce a new tool to the Hockey Reference Play Index: The Draft Finder. Fans of our sites will find that this tool is similar to the ones found on Basketball Reference & Pro Football Reference.
With this tool, users can search through every NHL draft pick since 1963, utilizing a variety of filters and sorts. Users can set a custom range of years and specify things like position, team, birth country, round of selection, overall pick number and whether or not the player selected went on to play in the NHL.
Additionally, users can apply filters for what amateur program a player came from (whether this was the amateur team he was with at the time of the draft, or after the draft).
Here's a few sample searches for concrete examples of what the Draft Finder can do. However, you'll find this is merely the tip of the iceberg and we'd love it if you explore the options and let us know what you think.
We hope you enjoy this new feature.
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Posted by Mike Lynch on June 9, 2015
Hockey-reference.com has added a section called "Amateurs," that contains information on Amateur Teams with alumni in the NHL.
The landing page for "Amateurs" shows all NCAA, Major Junior and Canadian College (CIS) teams with an alumnus who played in the NHL. Clicking on those teams will show a list of all alumni, and their career NHL stats.
For example, the major teams with the most alumni in the NHL are the Kitchener Rangers and Peterborough Petes. The NCAA teams with the most are Minnesota and Michigan.
In addition, each player page now displays which amateur teams that player played for, hyper-linked to that team page showing all of its alumni.
Please keep your eyes peeled for further updates built off of this data.
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Posted by Mike Lynch on June 8, 2015
Hockey-reference.com has added a tab to each season page, showing the list of captains for each team.
In addition, the captain is now indicated in each team's roster, for any season, with a "C" next to their name.
The current list of all captains can be found here.
The captains for any particular season can be found, for example, here. To see a different season of captains, just change the year in the URL or use the next/previous seasons links on the page.
Each franchise also has a page which shows their all-time captains. For example, the Chicago Blackhawks' is here.
We've long had this info, but we hope these tweaks and additional pages make this info easier to access.
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Posted by Mike Lynch on June 4, 2015
The 2015 MLB Draft begins Monday, June 8, so here are some tools to get you ready:
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Posted by Mike Lynch on June 4, 2015
With the NBA Finals (finally) tipping off tonight, we just wanted to quickly link to some of the NBA Finals data & tools we have on the site.
- For a full list of NBA Champions, Finals MVPs & annual top playoff performers click here.
- For greater detail on the performance of Finals MVPs, check out this list. LeBron James is 1 of just 10 players with multiple NBA Finals MVPs. Only Jordan, Duncan, Magic & Shaq have more than 2.
- For a full list of every Playoff series in NBA history click here. You can also click on any series on that list to see a cumulative box score for that series, with links to every game. Here is the 2014 NBA Finals, for instance.
- If counting "ringz" is your thing, check out our list of the players with the most championships. As you can see, LeBron James has a chance to match another all-time great SF, Larry Bird, with 3 titles.
- Additionally, you can use our Play Index to run searches specifically for NBA Finals games. In the Team Game Finder or Player Game Finder, just set the game type filter to Playoffs and the round filter to Finals like in the image:
We hope you find these tools useful as you enjoy the 2015 NBA Finals.
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Posted by Mike Lynch on May 28, 2015
We're excited to introduce a new resource for our users to enjoy during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. This new feature contains a game-by-game breakdown of how teams in any given situation fare in Best-of-7 series.
The page consists of a series of tables. The first one shows the home team's record in any given game of a series:
Regular games & overtime games are self explanatory. Closeout games cover any game in which a team has a chance to clinch the series. Elimination games are games in which a team is facing elimination. All Game 7s are both closeout games & elimination games, so we have zeroed out those rows.
The second table is a little more complicated, but features some really cool information once you get acquainted with how to read it. Using this table, you can see how a team's historical odds of winning a given series change with each passing game. For instance, road teams that win Game 6 to tie a series at 3-3, have gone 34-23 in Game 7. Teams that take a 2-0 series lead go on to win the series 87.0% of the time, etc. This table contains the history of every position a team could be in in a Best-of-7 series.
Beneath that behemoth of a table is a simple table with every franchise's record in Best-of-7 series. It's sortable, so you can see that the Canadiens have won the most series and that the Oilers have the best series win percentage.
Finally, the fourth table features every franchise's record in the all-important seventh game. The data is broken down into overall record, home record and away record. Of particular note, with a home Game 7 looming for the Rangers, is that their 7-0 record is home Game 7s is the best in NHL history. You'll also notice that the accompanying winning percentages contain hyperlinks. If you click on those links, they will bring you Play Index query results listing each of those games. So you can easily see all 7 of those Rangers home Game 7s, and then click through to the box scores, as well.
We also wanted to give quick mention to a few other recent additions, in case you missed them:
All-time comebacks from down 3-0 or 3-1
Every Overtime Goal in NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs history
We hope you all can enjoy this new feature as much as we already are at the office. And enjoy what's left of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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Posted by David Corby on May 27, 2015
We've been working recently to make our European stats better and easier to access. Toward that end, I wanted to introduce a few recently-added features that make it easier to find detailed European league player and team stats, standings, and game logs. In case you haven't spent time on our European league sites, know that we maintain sites for the Euroleague and Eurocup competitions as well as Liga ACB (Spain), LNB Pro A (France), Lega Serie A (Italy), and the Greek Basket League.
Foremost, our European sites share a new, easy-to-find homepage at http://www.basketball-reference.com/euro. The homepage has six large links that serve as a portal to each league's individual home. Each league's page looks much like our NBA homepage, with a rotating leaderboard, league standings, results from recent games, top performers, and more.
We've also added player game logs and box scores to the site, for example this box from Real Madrid's Euroleague clinching game. To find the gamelogs, visit any active player's page and mouse over the 'Gamelogs' box, and you'll see a link for game logs from each league in which the player has appeared (see below). Links to box scores are available on the respective league homepages, team schedule pages, and are also linked from the player game logs.
We've also added a new European stats section to the bottom-right of our homepage, with links to each league and the most recent day's games:
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Posted by David Corby on May 27, 2015
We occasionally get emails from users who have interesting research to share. Recently, Todd Spehr (@toddspehr35) forwarded box scores from the NBA All-Star Legends Games that were played for a decade in the mid-80s until the 90s. It would seem out of this world to modern fans, but the NBA staged an annual exhibition of living legends during its All-Star festivities. Hall of Famers John Havlicek, Walt Bellamy, and Artis Gilmore were among the participants until the exhibition ran its course in 1993.
You can find links to these box scores from any page of our comprehensive all-star archives. In particular, look for the Legends Game tab and hover your mouse for a link to every box from the 1980s and 1990s.
In addition to his donated research, Todd is also the author of a recently released biography of the Croation legend Drazen Petrovic: Drazen: The Remarkable Life & Legacy of the Mozart of Basketball.
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Posted by David Corby on May 26, 2015
Earlier this month we added historical NCAA schedules going back to the 1949-50 season. Just wanted to follow-up that we've added SRS and SOS for those seasons, as well.
As we've already published SRS going back to 1980, the only newcomers to the top 10 all-time teams are 1960s/70s UCLA juggernauts: 1967 (#10), 1968 (#3), and the 30-0 1972 team (#2)
The 1998-99 Elton Brand-led Duke team still has the highest single-season SRS rating (34.8), even with their championship-game loss. Curiously, the only team in the top 10 that didn't at least make the Final Four was the previous season's Duke team that was bounced by Kentucky in the regional final.
SRS and SOS are published at the top of the school season pages (illustrated below), and you can find a list of all schools' ratings on the season standings page or the dedicated ratings page.
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