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Teammates/Opponents Finder Now on Basketball-Reference

Posted by Alex Bonilla on January 31, 2020

Earlier this season, there was some buzz that LeBron James had lost to Kemba Walker for the first time in their 29 head-to-head appearances. However, did you ever consider who LeBron loses most often to? If you set a minimum of 10 head-to-heads (regular season and playoffs), that would be Patrick McCaw, who is 4-1 against James in the regular season and 8-1 against him in the playoffs.

This is now more easily searchable thanks to Basketball-Reference's new Teammates And Opponents tool, located in the Frivolities section of the site. This will produce a list of either every player your choice, in this case, LeBron, has played against, or played with. As an example of the teammates function, here's a link to every player Russell Westbrook has played with. You may be surprised that among players who've been in 50 games with Westbrook, Hasheem Thabeet has the highest winning percentage with him.

So try out our new Teammates and Opponents tool and see what interesting results you can find! If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact us through our feedback form.

6 Responses to “Teammates/Opponents Finder Now on Basketball-Reference”

  1. John Button Says:

    Definitely a daily must have for the NBA fan.

  2. Mark Says:

    Jordan 30-0 against Sherman Douglas!!! (And 2-8 against Bill Walton and Rick Carlisle...)

  3. Sean Says:

    looks like MJ went 12-2 against Grant Hill while being a Bull

  4. Sean Says:

    I decided to do some research and since I don't think there will ever be a way to display this with a finder, I'll just divulge it here.

    While the dynasty Bulls had a horrible 27-19 record in regular season games played on Sunday, they were an incredible 26-5 on Sunday in the playoffs with an average playoff point differential (margin of victory, but factoring in the losses) of +10.5 points in Sunday playoff games.

    These included Sunday playoff victories of 42 points, 38 points, 31 points, 30 points, 29 points and 22 points, and their biggest loss was by 8 points.  In the 1996 championship run, they ran the table with a 6-0 Sunday playoff record and average margin of victory of 18.83 points in those games.  In 1998, they repeated the feat, going 7-0 in Sunday playoff games with an average margin of victory of 12.3.  However, they did have a higher point differential of 13.2 in 1992, when they went 4-1, due to wins of 30 and 29 points on Sunday.  The Bulls had a tougher time in 1993, when they drew even.

  5. Sean Says:

    The Warriors' five-year dynasty that resulted in three chips didn't play much on Sunday in the playoffs; they went 14-4, including huge losses of 28 points and 13 points (they had four playoff Sunday wins of 20 or more points) and had an average point differential of 10.5 points.

  6. Sean Says:

    by the way, the Warriors only have two Sunday playoff wins of 30 or more points, a 41-pointer and a 33-pointer (versus the Bulls' four 30+ point wins), and also only two Sunday playoff wins of 29 or more points (versus the Bulls' five 29+ point wins)

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