The 2017 NBA Playoffs are in the books and one thing is clear: people like the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors. The TV ratings reached record highs as two of the most dominant teams we’ve seen in NBA history rampaged through their respective conferences on the way to a showdown that featured plenty of memorable moments, even while lacking in suspense. Barring an unprecedented shakeup during the offseason, there’s little reason to think we won’t be seeing something a lot like this next year. …

Sometimes, what makes sports wonderful is the unpredictability. No matter what game you like, you’ve probably had plenty of that in the last year: Blown 3–1 leads, a century-long curse overturned, a 5,000-to-1 shot winning the richest league in the world’s most popular sport.

But sometimes what makes sports wonderful is that it gives us exactly what we want. 346 days ago, when the curtain dropped on the 2016 NBA Finals, there was one thing every basketball fan wanted. More of that, please.

Well, after a year of arguing about triple-doubles, cap spikes, resting players, and process trusting, we’re getting…

After an unusually eventful final week of the season that saw Moe Harkless going to great lengths to get paid, featured thrilling closing arguments from all four NBA MVP candidates in what may be the closest race in history, and ended with Dion Waiters and the Miami Heat falling painfully short in their late push for a playoff spot, the field is set for the 2017 NBA Playoffs.

The question that has loomed over the NBA all season is whether any team had the quality to challenge the Golden State Warriors or Cleveland Cavaliers, or if this year would be…

We’re just a couple of weeks away from the most glorious period of the annual sports calendar, the NBA Playoffs. However, there’s still one huge piece of unfinished business to settle before we get there: the race for NBA MVP. This year’s race is going down to the wire as LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden all remain in contention with just a few games remaining on the NBA schedule.

In the big picture, very little has changed since the last time we checked in on the race: Russell Westbrook is still averaging a triple-double, James Harden

Since we now have most players who have participated in the NCAA Tournament in our database, we thought it would be good to add All-Tournament teams to College Basketball Reference. So we’ve added these teams to our college basketball Awards section. This team was originally named in 1940 (the 2nd NCAA Tournament), and was then discontinued for 1941–51. It has been awarded every year since 1952. We’ve included tournament scoring stats for each player awarded, as well as other stats when fully available. Jerry Chambers’s 35.8 PPG in the 1966 tournament for Utah represents the highest scoring average for an…

With the 2017 NCAA Tournament heating up, all eyes are on the college basketball world. By the end of this weekend, the March Madness field of 68 teams will have been pared down to just four finalists, and we’ll have just three meaningful games of college hoops left to enjoy this year.

So, as the season wraps up, we wanted to turn our attention to another exciting race for a major trophy: the competition for this year’s Naismith Player of the Year Award. The Naismith, given during the Final Four weekend, recognizes the year’s best college basketball player. This week…

As you may have noticed, we recently made a massive update to the site, adding thousands of player pages back to the 1947–48 season. As we handled the update, we couldn’t help but notice the wide variety of new payers in the database, who in the years (often decades) since they hung up their basketball sneakers, have become famous for things besides basketball. Below is a sampling of some of those players. We’re sure there’s others we’re yet to notice, so please leave any discoveries that you make in the comments!

  • America’s new favorite father, LaVar Ball
  • A trio of…

Thanks to the addition of nearly 50 seasons of historical player statistics, we have extended our statistical leaderboards for several categories through the beginning of the shot-clock era (1985–86). These categories include games, field goals, field goal attempts, free throws, free throw attempts, total rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, and points (as well as their “per game” versions). Additionally, we have extended all 3-point shooting leaderboards back through 1986–87, which was the season the NCAA adopted the shot.

While we have most player statistics covered all the way back to 1947–48, the portion missing pre-1985 is substantial enough that we weren’t…

Regular users of College Basketball Reference are probably familiar with the fact that our box scores and player games logs go back through the 2010–11 season. Additionally, we have every box score in the history of the NCAA Tournament. Now that we have most player pages digitized back through 1947–48, we’ve been able to create NCAA Tournament Game Logs on player pages. The NCAA Tournament began in 1939, so this isn’t full coverage, but it’s still a worthwhile addition. These new pages can be found on the “Game Logs” tab on player pages next to the player overview on the…

As a college hoops junkie, I’m pretty excited to announce that College Basketball Reference has added digitized stats for nearly all NCAA Division I (or equivalent) men’s basketball players back to 1947–48. This is literally the biggest update in the life of this site, as the player statistics were previously only digitized back to 1992–93. For many older seasons, we had scans of team stat sheets (which we have left in place at the bottom of many pages), but those players couldn’t be searched for, sorted, or linked to. …

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