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Russell Westbrook, James Harden, and the Unconventional MVP Race

Posted by Jonah Gardner on March 3, 2017

Russell Westbrook has broken a lot of things this year: triple-double records, Basketball Twitter, the lengthy drought of NBA players failing to appear on-stage with Migos. However, there's something a little less well-publicized than those that we can add to the list: Basketball-Reference's MVP Projections.

The MVP Projection uses a model that's based on previous MVP winners to use stats like points, rebounds, and assists, as well as team win-loss record, to determine which players voters are likely to target this year. And, as you can see below, it has a minor disagreement with the consensus on Westbrook's odds: Read the rest of this entry

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Baseball-Reference.com Relaunches with a New Responsive Template

Posted by sean on February 22, 2017

Update: A March 9th update on where the redesign stands

First off, change is hard. I know that. We've moved a few things and some things have changed, but please be assured that we had very good reasons and have tried to make the redesigned site more useful than it was before. It's not perfect, but neither was B-R last month. Please keep an open mind for a day, and if you still hate it, please let us know.

If you follow me on twitter, you know that this work has been a long time coming. Starting in January of 2015, Adam Wodon, Adam Darowski, and I started throwing around ideas for a more mobile-friendly version of our sites. Our mobile experience could have been charitably described as limited and functional. With over two-thirds of our visits coming from handheld devices, we clearly needed to up our game there.

This led to a complete review of how we present data on desktop and how we can make that usable on a small screen. It's not easy and after months of design, user testing and work, we have an approach that we believe will serve both desktop and mobile users better than they are now. If you use our other sites, this is not a surprise as all of those sites were re-launched last summer and into the early fall. That left the baseball site and its 17 years of code that needed some changing, rewriting, upgrading and general improvement. It's taken awhile, but the entire Sports Reference team has pulled together to get this out before the games start this spring.

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Who Will Break These NBA All-Star Game Records?

Posted by Jonah Gardner on February 15, 2017

LeBron's mad at his team, the New York Knicks are weighing a number of absurd trades, and Lance Stephenson is on a roster. That can only mean one thing: It's February in the NBA and everybody could use a break.

Fortunately, we've made it to All-Star Weekend! While it's a bummer to have to survive a few days without real, competitive basketball, All-Star Weekend gives us the chance to take a breather, take stock of the season, and see the NBA's biggest stars in a looser environment.

The highlight of this weekend, of course, will be the NBA All-Star Game, now in it's 66th year of existence. The event and the league have both come a long way from 1951, when George Mikan went 4-17 as the West fell to the East 111-94.

So, to get ready for Sunday night, we're going to take a look back at a few NBA All-Star Game records. Some of these have stood for decades while others were just set in the last few years. And for each one, I'll identify a couple of players who just might manage to break them this year. Read the rest of this entry

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Everything You Need to Know About Super Bowl LI

Posted by Jonah Gardner on February 2, 2017

After 20 weeks of football (and an extra week of skills challenges and half-contested exhibition action in the Pro Bowl), we've arrived at the Super Bowl. And in between the commercials, the (sometimes overly enthusiastic) questions from reporters, Media Day, Opening Night, the NFL Honors show with awards like NFL Most Valuable Player and the announcement of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017, more commercials, Lady Gaga, and the Jack Bauer-free return of 24, there's an actual game to played!

The good news is that, on paper, Super Bowl LI seems like it should be a good one. The bad news is that I also said that last year and, unless you're a Denver Broncos fan, there wasn't much to enjoy in that one. However, between the quality of the two teams, especially at quarterback, and the extremely high-stakes historic implications in play for the outcome, there's plenty in this year's matchup for us to dig into. Read the rest of this entry

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1989-90 NBA Salaries Added to Basketball Reference

Posted by Mike Lynch on January 26, 2017

We just wanted to quickly note that we've added salaries for the 1989-90 NBA season for the 64 players who made at least one million dollars that season. The source is a clipping from the Orlando Sentinel, which showed salaries for these 64 players. The highest paid player for this season was Patrick Ewing at $3.75MM.

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The 2018 Hall of Fame Ballot is Going to Be Lit

Posted by Jonah Gardner on January 26, 2017

While the National Baseball Hall of Fame voters didn't agree that there were at least 12 candidates worthy of election this year, they did go ahead and vote in three very deserving candidates. It will be beyond thrilling to watch Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan Rodriguez, three of the greatest to ever play the game, take their rightful places in Cooperstown this summer.

However, time marches onward and, with this year's voting in the books, it seems like a good time for an early peek at what lies ahead for voters. In short, it looks like the 2018 Hall of Fame Ballot is going to be as exciting, unpredictable, and infuriating as the 2017 voting. I don't envy the voters who face another agonizing year of paring a list of many worthy candidates down to just ten or fewer. Read the rest of this entry

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Play Index 101: Episode 2 – Game Finder

Posted by Jonah Gardner on January 25, 2017

Welcome back to Play Index 101! This series of videos will teach you how to use the Sports Reference Play Index to research statistics and facts from sports history. This is Episode 2; in this episode, you'll learn all about how to use the Game Finder:  Read the rest of this entry

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1992-93 Season Stats Added to College Basketball Reference

Posted by Mike Lynch on January 25, 2017

As we work our way back in adding seasons of college basketball data, we're happy to announce that player and team statistics for the 1992-93 season are now live on our college basketball site. This gives the site a full 25 seasons of player and team stats.

The 1992-93 college basketball season, the final season of the 45-second shot clock, featured North Carolina defeating Michigan in the National Championship Game.

With the new data, you can access things like 1992-93 player leaders and sortable school stats.

The Player Season Finder is now searchable back to 1992-93, as well. 1992-93 was Jason Kidd's freshman season at Cal and you can see that UCLA's Lonzo Ball is currently on pace to surpass him for most APG by a Pac-10/12 freshman since 1992-93.

1992-93 was Billy McCaffrey's first season at Vanderbilt, after transferring from Duke. It is also the best shooting season by a high-scoring guard in our database (68.6 TS%).

Another thing to mention is that our leaderboards now go back to 1992-93, as well. Warren Kidd's 1992-93 rebounds per game, are now the single season leader (back to 1992-93).

We hope you enjoy this new addition and keep an eye out for more seasons added in the future.

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The 2017 Hall of Fame Ballot, Part 3

Posted by Jonah Gardner on January 13, 2017

Welcome to Part Three of our look at the 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot. If you're just joining us, make sure to go back and read Part One, which was about the 13 players that I think are easy Nos, and Part Two, about four players who were automatic Yes votes.

In our final installment, we'll be getting into the real meat of the issue. There are 17 players left to review and, with a few exceptions, all of them are plausible Hall of Famers. However, they all have flaws that could keep them out for a couple of years, or perhaps permanently. If you've been waiting for takes on DHs, closers, Coors Field, and more, this is the part for you. So let's dig in. Read the rest of this entry

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The 2017 Hall of Fame Ballot, Part 2

Posted by Jonah Gardner on January 12, 2017

Welcome to Part Two of our look at the Hall of Fame Ballot! If you missed Part One, detailing 13 players on this year's ballot who were easy Nos, click here to read it.

For today's post, I get to do something a lot more fun: talk about four people who ruled at baseball. If, when all is said and done, these people aren't in the Baseball Hall of Fame, we should probably change the name to something else. And yet, all of them have been on the ballot for multiple years. In fact, part of the reason this year's Hall of Fame ballot is so loaded is that these four are still hanging around.

So, without further ado, here are the four players who would absolutely, no-doubt get a vote from me if I had one to give. Read the rest of this entry

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