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Basketball Reference Now Using Official NBA Data

12th December 2018

Perhaps you've already noticed this, but beginning with the 2018-19 season Basketball Reference's current-season data is official NBA data as provided by SportRadar, which is the official statistics provider of the NBA. Our data has always been sound, but with our SportRadar partnership we will be able to apply statistical changes more seamlessly.

In the last few seasons, the NBA has decided to greatly increase the number of statistical corrections that they make in the days (sometimes weeks) after the completion of games. Thanks to this new partnership, these corrections will be applied to our site within 24 hours of these corrections being made. This applies to our box scores, our seasonal stats and to our play-by-plays.

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Franchise Milestone Watch Added to Basketball Reference

12th December 2018

We have added a new tool the Frivolities section of Basketball Reference: The Franchise Milestone Watch. This new tool will allow you to quickly select any active franchise and see if any players are approaching franchise records or are due to pass someone in the franchise record books. We are currently tracking most box score stats in this tool, with separate lists for the regular season and playoffs.

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The NBA Season Tips Off! Check Out Basketball-Reference’s New Features

16th October 2018

Today is one of the greatest days of the sports year: the return of the NBA! As you get ready to watch the Philadelphia 76ers look for revenge against the healthy and improved Boston Celtics, or the latest round of Kevin Durant vs Russell Westbrook, we wanted to remind you of everything we've been up to this offseason.

It's been a very productive summer at Basketball-Reference, and we've rolled out a whole host of new features and stat updates. Since it can be easy to miss during the offseason, we wanted to take this opportunity to update you on all the new stuff you'll find on our site. Read the rest of this entry

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Kenny Jackelen Joins Sports Reference

11th October 2018

Kenny Jackelen has joined Sports Reference as a web developer. Kenny will be working on our baseball site and elsewhere. He brings a long history of software development to Sports Reference. He previously worked as a software developer at Epic, and lives with his family in Minnesota where he cheers on the Twins and will be leading the Joe Mauer for Hall of Fame election bandwagon. He's on twitter at @kennyjackelen.

This brings us to eleven full-time employees. We don't have any open positions at this moment, but any future opportunities will be advertised both here and on social media accounts.

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RSCI Rankings Added to CBB-Reference

17th September 2018

On Basketball-Reference, we have a feature that shows players' peak rankings in the Recruiting Services Consensus Index (RSCI) back to the high school class of 1998. We have now gone ahead and added this feature to our College Basketball Reference site as well. This will be available in a yearly format in the Awards section, and they will also appear where applicable on player pages under their bio section. Team pages will display RSCI rankings in the roster section so it's easier to see which teams had more highly-touted prospects to work with.

To recap, the RSCI service is based on gathering several national recruiting lists and calculating a consensus ranking from there. The rankings found on Basketball-Reference and College Basketball Reference are the final rankings for each year. If you want more information on how the process works, as well as additional data like in-season rankings (fall, pre-summer, etc.), you can refer to

If you have any questions or suggestions concerning our site's features, feel free to contact us through our feedback form.

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Dan Hirsch Joins Sports Reference

4th September 2018

Dan Hirsch joins Sports Reference today as a web developer. If you are a baseball fan, you likely know Dan's name from his work as the creator of The Baseball Gauge. At the Baseball Gauge, he's done a great deal to promote Negro League History, the History of Ballparks, and also the comparison of various sabermetric uber-stats. We are excited to have him on board. Dan lives in Omaha with his family and follows the Tampa Bay Rays and Florida Gators. He's on Twitter at @DanHirsch.

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Basketball-Reference Adds Single-Game Highs Tables

22nd August 2018

Basketball-Reference already had a section for single-game league records for various categories, such as points and total rebounds. But now, we've made it easier to see an individual player's single-game records by adding a Game Highs table to every player page. It will be located below the Advanced table (as well as the Shooting and Play-By-Play tables for post-2000 players).

For example, this is what Kevin Durant's Game Highs table looks like:

Game Highs Table
Game Highs
2007-08 19 SEA NBA 51:14 18 26 4 9 17 23 15 16 3 10 13 9 4 5 8 4 42
2008-09 20 OKC NBA 50:22 16 27 6 10 13 24 24 26 4 13 15 7 5 4 7 5 47
2009-10 21 OKC NBA 47:17 16 31 7 13 15 29 18 18 4 13 14 8 5 4 8 6 45
2010-11 22 OKC NBA 52:28 15 28 5 13 13 22 16 19 4 16 18 6 4 5 7 6 47
2011-12 23 OKC NBA 52:24 19 34 5 10 14 25 15 17 3 15 17 8 4 4 9 5 51
2012-13 24 OKC NBA 49:40 16 31 5 11 13 25 21 21 3 15 17 11 5 4 8 6 52
2013-14 25 OKC NBA 52:29 19 34 7 15 15 25 22 24 3 13 14 12 4 4 11 5 54
2014-15 26 OKC NBA 44:30 14 26 7 12 12 21 12 12 3 10 11 9 4 3 6 3 44
2015-16 27 OKC NBA 53:32 15 30 7 12 12 23 16 18 4 13 17 10 4 5 10 6 44
2016-17 28 GSW NBA 49:08 15 28 7 11 12 19 15 18 3 17 17 10 4 6 7 5 40
2017-18 29 GSW NBA 42:19 17 32 6 14 12 20 14 15 3 11 13 14 3 7 8 5 50
Career 53:32 19 34 7 15 17 29 24 26 4 17 18 14 5 7 11 6 54
9 Seasons OKC,SEA NBA 53:32 19 34 7 15 17 29 24 26 4 16 18 12 5 5 11 6 54
2 Seasons GSW NBA 49:08 17 32 7 14 12 20 15 18 3 17 17 14 4 7 8 5 50
Provided by View Original Table
Generated 8/22/2018.

You can see Durant's career high in 3-pointers made in a game is seven, which he's tied in five different seasons. Also, looking at the 2017-18 season, it's easier to see that he achieved a new personal high for blocks in a game.

For players with postseason statistics, there will also be a Playoff Game Highs table further down a player's page, just above the Similarity Scores table. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact us through our feedback form.

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Various Play Index Searches Opened Up Back to 1946-47

15th August 2018

For several years, many of the tools in the Basketball Reference Play Index have allowed for game-level searches back to the 1963-64 season. However, since we have at least a basic box score for every game in NBA/BAA history (established in 1946-47), we have now opened up game-level Play Index searches back to 1946-47. Read the rest of this entry

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Introducing the WNBA Player Season Finder

10th August 2018

Regular Basketball-Reference users are well acquainted with the Play Index, which allows us to compare players across eras and slice and dice season-level data by many criteria. Today we are now introducing the WNBA Player Season Finder, which will be accessible from both the Play Index page and from our WNBA home page. We have WNBA stats back to the league's inaugural 1997 season, which means you can now search all of WNBA history with this tool.

Just like our NBA Player Season Finder, with the new WNBA tool you can do single-season, combined season and total season searches. For example, with the combined season search, you can now create franchise career leaderboards, maybe to see how far ahead in first place Tamika Catchings is among point scorers in Indiana Fever history. Or with the total seasons search, you can now execute a search like players with the most qualified seasons of 2 blocks per game; Margo Dydek and Lisa Leslie lead with nine seasons each finishing with that mark in their career.

Of course, current season stats are also searchable with the Player Season Finder, so you can give them some perspective with past stats. A'ja Wilson is burning up the league in her first WNBA season, currently averaging over 20 points per game. Here's a look at the others in WNBA history who finished with 20 points per game in their rookie season.

Query Results Table
Tota Tota Per Per Per Per Per Per Per Per Per Shoo Shoo Shoo Shoo Shoo
Rk Player Season Tm Lg PTS G GS MP FG FGA 2P 2PA 3P 3PA FT FTA FG% FT% 2P% 3P% eFG%
1 Cynthia Cooper 1997 HOU WNBA 22.2 28 28 35.1 6.8 14.5 4.4 8.7 2.4 5.8 6.1 7.1 .470 .864 .508 .414 .553
2 Seimone Augustus 2006 MIN WNBA 21.9 34 34 33.1 8.3 18.2 7.4 15.7 0.9 2.5 4.4 4.9 .456 .897 .473 .353 .481
3 A'ja Wilson 2018 LVA WNBA 20.3 29 29 30.8 7.1 16.0 7.1 16.0 0.0 0.0 6.0 7.7 .446 .785 .446 .446
Provided by View Original Table
Generated 8/10/2018.

Stay tuned for more additions to the WNBA section of our site here on the Sports-Reference Blog. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact us through our feedback form.

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WNBA Season Advanced Stats Now Available on Basketball-Reference

19th June 2018

As the 2018 WNBA season continues on through the summer, we have now added an Advanced Stats section to the season stats pages. We already included advanced stats on players' individual pages, so you already knew Brittney Griner had a 10.2 block percentage during her 2015 Defensive Player of the Year performance, but now you can see her performance with the context of the rest of the league. You could also take a look at the gap in win shares between Nneka Ogwumike's 2016 MVP season and the rest of her peers. Of course, we'll continue to update 2018 advanced stats along with the classics as this season unfolds.

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