Box Score Data

Box score data is a structured summary of the results from a sports competition. The box score lists the game score as well as individual and team achievements in the game.

For the NBA, the 1986-87 season is the earliest season available with complete box score stats.

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Access to historical basketball box score stats for NBA, NCAAB and WNBA that are downloadable in Excel spreadsheet.

In basketball, we need to account for intangible things such as setting the pick, making the right pass, positioning in the corner to spread the floor, clearing space by moving down the lane and etc. These kinds of data are not available in the box scores, that’s why it’s often been misleading. Metrics derived from play-by-play (PBP) data, not 100% perfect though, might help more than box score stats.

History of NBA data Chart courtesy of the great Backpicks.
Before the video-tracking era, analytics departments of teams were crunching numbers with tools such as StatsCube, Synergy.

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