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Two Minor Site Additions

10th June 2011

This is just a short post to announce a couple of minor additions to the site:

  1. I added an option to the Player Season Finder to search for total seasons matching criteria. This option will allow you to find out who had the most seasons with 2000 or more points in NBA history, who had the most seasons with 10 or more Win Shares in NBA history, and so on.
  2. Speaking of Win Shares, I have finally extended them back to the 1946-47 BAA season (i.e., the first season of what is now known as the NBA). Previously they had only gone back to the 1951-52 season because that was the first season that minutes played were an official statistic. As one might expect, George Mikan dominates this five-year period.

Posted in Announcements, Play Index, Win Shares | 14 Comments »

Site Features: Check Out the Play Index!

30th March 2011

With the playoffs rapidly approaching, it's time for another reminder to check out the Basketball-Reference Play Index. In case you don't already know about the PI, it's a set of research tools that allow you to create customizable queries on our database, save the results, and share them with others. With the PI, you can:

  • Use the Player Season Finder to search through all NBA, ABA, & BAA players' regular season and playoff statistics for performances that match your criteria.
  • Use the Player Game Finder to search through NBA players' regular season and playoff game logs (since 1985-86) for games matching your criteria.
  • Use the Head-to-Head Finder to search for games in which two selected players played against each other.
  • Search for player and team consecutive-game streaks that match your criteria using the Streak Finders.
  • Search for team performances that meet your criteria with the Team Season Finder and Team Game Finder.
  • Use the Draft Finder to search through every NBA/BAA draft for picks that match your criteria.
  • Use the Player Comparison Finder to compare the stats of up to four players through (or in) a given season.

And best of all, these features are 100% free to use!

So go ahead, give them a try, and you'll wonder how you ever got along without them.

Posted in Announcements, Play Index, Site Features | 7 Comments »

Site Features: Check Out the Play Index!

26th January 2011

This is just a quick reminder for everyone to check out the Basketball-Reference Play Index. In case you don't already know about the PI, it's a set of research tools that allow you to create customizable queries on our database, save the results, and share them with others. With the PI, you can:

  • Use the Player Season Finder to search through all NBA, ABA, & BAA players' regular season and playoff statistics for performances that match your criteria.
  • Use the Player Game Finder to search through NBA players' regular season and playoff game logs (since 1986-87) for games matching your criteria.
  • Use the Head-to-Head Finder to search for games in which two selected players played against each other.
  • Search for player and team consecutive-game streaks that match your criteria using the Streak Finders.
  • Search for team performances that meet your criteria with the Team Season Finder and Team Game Finder.
  • Use the Draft Finder to search through every NBA/BAA draft for picks that match your criteria.
  • Use the Player Comparison Finder to compare the stats of up to four players through (or in) a given season.

And best of all, these features are 100% free to use!

So go ahead, give them a try, and you'll wonder how you ever got along without them.

Posted in Announcements, Play Index, Site Features | 7 Comments »

PI Finds: Decade-by-Decade NBA Win Shares Leaders

5th January 2011

Inspired by yesterday's quiz about the 1990s All-NBA Teams, here are the Win Shares leaders for each decade (made possible by the handy BBR Player Season Finder):

The Fifties (1952-59):

Rk Player From To Tm G MP PER TS% eFG% OWS DWS WS WS/48
1 Dolph Schayes 1952 1959 SYR 566 20784 23.7 0.494 0.382 57.8 37.4 95.2 0.220
2 Neil Johnston 1952 1959 PHW 516 18298 24.7 0.534 0.444 73.9 18.1 92.0 0.241
3 Ed Macauley 1952 1959 TOT 506 18071 20.4 0.523 0.436 60.6 13.4 73.9 0.196
4 Paul Arizin 1952 1959 PHW 419 16559 21.3 0.511 0.424 56.8 13.0 69.8 0.202
5 Bill Sharman 1952 1959 BOS 548 18339 18.3 0.499 0.424 52.0 15.6 67.6 0.177
6 Vern Mikkelsen 1952 1959 MNL 567 18443 18.6 0.483 0.403 39.0 26.3 65.3 0.170
7 Larry Foust 1952 1959 TOT 552 17565 21.0 0.493 0.409 43.5 20.0 63.6 0.174
8 Bob Pettit 1955 1959 TOT 357 13345 26.9 0.499 0.421 42.4 19.5 61.9 0.223
9 Bob Cousy 1952 1959 BOS 546 20986 20.6 0.452 0.372 34.8 25.7 60.5 0.138
10 Harry Gallatin 1952 1958 TOT 496 15813 21.5 0.508 0.403 42.4 17.7 60.1 0.182
11 George Yardley 1954 1959 TOT 399 13365 20.9 0.495 0.416 36.1 13.4 49.5 0.178
12 Clyde Lovellette 1954 1959 TOT 423 12814 22.1 0.482 0.436 29.4 17.2 46.6 0.174
13 George Mikan 1952 1956 MNL 243 8350 26.9 0.467 0.389 21.0 22.2 43.2 0.249
14 Carl Braun 1953 1959 NYK 500 16263 16.0 0.473 0.396 30.3 11.4 41.7 0.123
15 Bobby Wanzer 1952 1957 ROC 373 12128 17.1 0.487 0.391 27.1 12.4 39.5 0.156
16 Slater Martin 1952 1959 TOT 546 20133 11.7 0.440 0.365 16.2 21.4 37.6 0.090
17 Kenny Sears 1956 1959 NYK 285 9768 19.0 0.542 0.448 31.5 6.1 37.6 0.185
18 Dick McGuire 1952 1959 TOT 538 15704 15.4 0.458 0.393 20.6 16.4 37.1 0.113
19 Jack Coleman 1952 1958 TOT 498 16479 15.7 0.454 0.420 16.2 20.7 36.8 0.107
20 Chuck Share 1952 1959 TOT 487 10796 17.7 0.493 0.403 21.1 15.1 36.2 0.161
21 Ray Felix 1954 1959 TOT 432 11317 19.4 0.491 0.417 26.4 8.3 34.7 0.147
22 Paul Seymour 1952 1959 SYR 483 14660 13.8 0.437 0.356 12.9 18.7 31.6 0.104
23 Arnie Risen 1952 1958 TOT 449 12690 16.6 0.451 0.374 14.0 17.5 31.5 0.119
24 George King 1952 1958 TOT 411 13408 14.1 0.441 0.382 12.9 18.5 31.4 0.113
25 Jack Twyman 1956 1959 TOT 288 9415 18.4 0.488 0.432 22.3 8.9 31.2 0.159

All-Decade WS team: G Bill Sharman (67.6) - G Bob Cousy (60.5) - F Dolph Schayes (95.2) - F Paul Arizin (69.8) - C Neil Johnston (92.0)

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Posted in All-Decade Teams, History, Play Index, Site Features, Win Shares | 25 Comments »

Player Season Finder Additions

15th December 2010

Yesterday I made some additions to the Player Season Finder, so let me briefly describe them here:

  • Tooltips were added below the seasons section for the last three seasons, making it easier to restrict your search to a recent season.
  • Birth country was added as a parameter, so you can now search for players born (or not born) in a particular country.
  • Single season searches can now be restricted to players who qualified for the Minutes Per Game leaderboard.
  • Games started was added to the statistics list in the additional criteria.
  • A fifth option was added to the additional criteria section, allowing you to compare two statistics. For example, you can search for players with an assist-to-turnover ratio of at least 5:1 (minimum 100 assists).

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Site Features: Check Out the Play Index!

10th December 2010

This is just a quick reminder for everyone to check out the Basketball-Reference Play Index. In case you don't already know about the PI, it's a set of research tools that allow you to create customizable queries on our database, save the results, and share them with others. With the PI, you can:

  • Use the Player Season Finder to search through all NBA, ABA, & BAA players' regular season and playoff statistics for performances that match your criteria.
  • Use the Player Game Finder to search through NBA players' regular season and playoff game logs (since 1986-87) for games matching your criteria.
  • Use the Head-to-Head Finder to search for games in which two selected players played against each other.
  • Search for player and team consecutive-game streaks that match your criteria using the Streak Finders.
  • Search for team performances that meet your criteria with the Team Season Finder and Team Game Finder.
  • Use the Draft Finder to search through every NBA/BAA draft for picks that match your criteria.
  • Use the Player Comparison Finder to compare the stats of up to four players through (or in) a given season.

And best of all, these features are 100% free to use!

So go ahead, give them a try, and you'll wonder how you ever got along without them.

Posted in Announcements, Play Index, Site Features | 12 Comments »

PI Finds: Kidd Tidbits

1st November 2010

BBR reader Jim Keller used our Play Index Game Finder to do some interesting research on Jason Kidd's performance vs. Charlotte last Wednesday, so I thought I'd post his findings. Take it away, Jim (what follows in blockquotes is his work):

Kidd talked about the game here:

Plus/Minus traditionally loves it some Jason Kidd, and it's not hard to see why. Even at his advanced age, Kidd does just about everything you could ask of a guard at both ends (except stay with smaller, quicker PGs)... He distributes as well as anybody not named "Nash", "Paul", "Williams" or "Rondo"; he continues to rebound the ball at a high level; he's suddenly a deadly outside shooter; he can defend SGs or big PGs effectively; and he generally makes the Mavs a lot better when he's on the floor. People scoffed when Wayne Winston's +/- system said Kidd was one of the highest-impact players in the game, but I'm not so sure that was such a crazy idea after all.

Posted in BBR Mailbag, Play Index | 12 Comments »

Layups: Jamison Joins Ignominious Club

20th February 2010

In his first game as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, things could not have gone much worse for Antawn Jamison -- the former Wizards F went 0-for-12 from the field in his Cavs debut, scoring just 2 points in 26 minutes off the bench. With the donut he produced from the floor, he also added his name to this group of embarrassing performances since 1987:

Player Pos Date Tm Opp MP FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA ORB TRB AST TOV PTS
Tim Hardaway G 12/27/1991 GSW MIN W 44 0 17 0 2 2 2 0 3 13 4 2
Rodney McCray F 11/9/1988 SAC UTA L 34 0 15 0 0 4 4 2 8 8 2 4
Dino Radja F 12/26/1993 BOS SAS L 18 0 14 0 0 0 2 4 10 0 1 0
Vince Carter G 12/12/2008 NJN TOR L 29 0 13 0 2 3 4 3 4 3 3 3
David Wesley G 4/12/2001 CHH NJN W 28 0 13 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 4 0
Ron Artest F 12/18/1999 CHI ORL L 41 0 13 0 4 7 8 3 9 4 1 7
Tom Gugliotta F 3/13/1996 MIN NYK L 33 0 13 0 2 0 0 3 8 2 4 0
Vernon Maxwell G 12/14/1990 HOU WSB L 24 0 13 0 6 2 2 0 1 3 3 2
Gerald Wilkins G 1/7/1990 NYK LAC W 22 0 13 0 2 3 4 1 1 1 1 3
Derek Anderson G 12/26/2001 POR SAC L 27 0 12 0 5 0 0 0 2 1 1 0
Rafer Alston G 1/7/2005 TOR MIL L 33 0 12 0 6 5 6 1 2 8 0 5
Gilbert Arenas G 1/17/2005 WAS SAS L 34 0 12 0 4 3 4 1 2 2 2 3
Zach Randolph F 2/1/2005 POR LAL L 29 0 12 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0
Austin Croshere F 4/15/2005 IND PHI L 25 0 12 0 4 5 5 6 15 1 0 5
Antawn Jamison F 2/19/2010 CLE CHA L 26 0 12 0 4 2 2 0 7 1 0 2

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PI Finds: Monta Ellis – 45 Pts, 6 PF, 7 TO

1st December 2009

Last night, Monta Ellis torched the Pacers for 45 points in a 126-107 Warriors win. 45-point games are surprisingly common, but Ellis was one of just 10 players to score 45+ and also foul out of the game since 1986-87:

Player Pos Date Tm Opp MP FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA ORB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Michael Jordan G 11/21/1987 CHI DET L 44 17 38 0 2 15 17 2 6 8 6 1 4 6 49
Danny Ainge G 3/4/1989 SAC GSW L 40 16 29 6 13 7 8 4 7 4 1 0 6 6 45
Patrick Ewing C 3/24/1990 NYK BOS L 41 20 29 0 0 11 13 5 18 1 1 0 5 6 51
Hakeem Olajuwon C 4/19/1990 HOU DEN L 42 21 34 0 0 10 13 6 18 4 3 3 11 6 52
Antoine Walker F 1/7/1998 BOS WAS L 42 21 36 5 5 2 7 2 12 0 1 0 5 6 49
Allen Iverson G 12/20/2004 PHI UTA L 46 18 31 4 6 11 17 0 1 6 7 0 7 6 51
Gilbert Arenas G 12/30/2005 WAS MIA L 42 15 29 4 9 13 14 3 7 8 0 0 3 6 47
Paul Pierce F 2/15/2006 BOS CLE L 54 17 36 0 4 16 20 0 7 8 0 0 4 6 50
Kobe Bryant G 12/29/2006 LAL CHA L 54 22 45 4 11 10 12 0 5 4 0 0 4 6 58
Monta Ellis G 11/30/2009 GSW IND W 42 15 27 1 2 14 16 1 5 1 5 0 7 6 45

(Note above that Ellis is the only guy to do this in a team win since 1986-87.)
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PI Finds: Dirk Drops Another 30+ On the Spurs Dynasty

19th November 2009

One cool thing about our Play Index is that it allows you to search for single-game performances vs. a specific team (going back to 1986-87, that is). Using the Game Finder, you can also look for the total games in a span matching a certain criteria, and you can combine that with the opponent search to come up with a list like this:

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