Posted by Justin Kubatko on February 15, 2012
It is with great pleasure that I announce the debut of Basketball-Reference.com's latest and greatest set of research tools: Play Index+. Play Index+ utilizes over ten years of play-by-play data, allowing the user to sift through and summarize millions of plays with just a few clicks of the mouse.
Before I go any further, let me note that at this time we are not able to update the current season play-by-play data on a daily basis. However, we will be updating the play-by-play database at least once per week, and the date of the last update can always be found near the top of each PI+ page. While this may be an inconvenience to some, the positives of providing access to over ten years of historical play-by-play data far outweigh the negatives of providing weekly (rather than daily) updates.
There are obviously an unlimited number of things we can do with the data — and we plan on adding even more features in the future — but for the time being the four main tools are:
- Event Finder
Search through millions of events to find all field goals for a team, all steals for a player, and much, much more.
- Lineup Finder
Search through thousands of 5-man lineups to find the best offensive units, the best defensive units, the best overall units, and much, much more.
- Shot Finder
Search through millions of shots to find the most prolific dunkers, the best clutch shooters, and much, much more.
- Shooting Splits & Shot Charts
Examine a wide variety of shooting splits and shot charts for every player from the 2000-01 season forward.
In the coming days we will take a closer look at the four tools listed above, but for now take a look around and let us know what you think.
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