NBA.com and SAP, the German software giant, have collaborated to overhaul NBA Stats, transforming it into one of the most comprehensive statistical engines of any sport. For years, baseball fans have had sabermetrics to analyze every possible aspect of a team's or player’s production, or lack thereof. As of now, basketball fanatics can search the seemingly endless vault of NBA information, which dates back to the 1946-1947 season.
Not only does NBA Stats offer every point, rebound, assist, steal, block, missed shot, turnover, foul, and substitution by/of each player in the league but it also shows exactly when each occurred and which other players were on the floor at the time.
The beautifully designed homepage compares the top five players in the NBA based on a multitude of statistics which are differentiated by tabs above the graphical comparisons. The eight tabs include Points, Rebounds, Assists, Defense, Playmaking, Efficiency, Clutch, and Scoring. There is also the option to switch between top player and top team comparisons.
Every box score in the history of the league is available to fans, along with any shot chart for every game from 1996 to today. NBA Stats also allows for a thorough examination of any player to have ever played professional basketball. For example, a Lakers fan could set search parameters to highlight Kobe Bryant and his remarkable nine-game stretch in which he scored 40 or more points back in the 2002-2003 season. Just set the search year to 2002-2003 and set the splits from February 6, 2003 to Februrary 23, 2003 and it illustrates Bryant’s dominance over the stretch, scoring 396 points at just under 50% from the field over the nine games.
The Stats Home also has a “Featured Box Scores” section which highlights marquee individual performances like Wilt Chamberlains 100-point game in 1962 and Kobe Bryant’s 81-point game against the Toronto Raptors in 2006.
Shotcharts, lineups, and much more information is available absolutely free at NBA.com. Casual fans and enthusiasts alike can search the database for hours. For Lakers fans that are forced to wait until Wednesday night to watch their team play again, head over to stats.nba.com to get your Lakers fix.Tags: Basketball, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, Wilt Chamberlain